Vet says piggy will only breath at 30% capacity for rest of life

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Post   » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:41 pm

So around 5 months ago my wife and I got a new piggy to add to the herd from a pet store (bad idea I know) because we were there for dog stuff and saw her and we knew she was sick. We took her to a vet and the vet said she had a lot of fluid in her lungs from a really bad URI. She got antibiotics and had the fluid worked out of her lungs and had a few follow ups. After the last follow up and a lot of meds and special syringe-fed food, the vet said they've done all they can do and she will either make it or won't. She made it a couple weeks and we took her for another follow-up and the vet said she was very strong to make it through the recovery, but will probably only breathe at about 30% capacity of her lungs, due to the fluid damaging them, for the rest of her life. She eats a lot now and seems happy, and had some stunted growth, but she still breathes really hard and you can tell she's REALLY trying. Is she miserable? What should we do?

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Post   » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:23 pm

I'd want a second opinion from a very good exotic vet. That kind of lung damage is unusual in a very young pig, and I'd want someone else to weigh in on it.

Have they tried a bronchodilator? Nebulizing antibiotics to make sure all the infection is gone?

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Post   » Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:43 pm

There can be scaring of the lungs. I guess I'd want to make sure there was no fluid in the lungs too. Ditto bpatters on second opinion and nebulizing.


Post   » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:00 pm

Appreciate it guys. I'll talk to the wife about getting a second opinion.


Post   » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:20 pm

Here's an update in case you guys are curious. We called a second vet and set up an appointment, and this morning she passed away. We buried her with plenty of parsley and hay. I guess we weren't fast enough, my wife keeps blaming herself and I feel bad.

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Post   » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:50 pm

I'm very sorry you lost her.


Post   » Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:32 am

No one is to blame, she was very sick. You gave her a loving home for 5 months. Something she probably never would have had if not for you. She was cared for and loved, she felt that love. That's 's no small thing. You did good, I'm sorry you lost her.

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Post   » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:48 am

Dang! That's really too bad, Luckii. You and your wife have my sympathy. As Erinspigs said, you did good. She knew love for 5 months, which she probably would not have known anywhere else.

Rest in peace, little girl. You are loved and missed.

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Post   » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:05 am

I am so sorry to hear this, Luckii. You have our sympathy.


Post   » Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:10 am

I'm sorry you lost her. As others have said, you gave her love and she had a better life than she would have had otherwise. You are not to blame.


Post   » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:39 pm

Thankyou guys. I let my wife read your comments and I think they held more value than mine alone because she seems to not be blaming herself as much now. I told her she is off somewhere in fields of grass parsley squeaking like an idiot <3


Post   » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:46 pm

I’m really sorry for your loss. You are a very good piggy owner- you took care of her as best you could.


Post   » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:05 pm

I am sorry to hear that you lost her.

We went through a similar situation with our Mu Mu. We had only had her a few weeks (the wife got her from a chain pet store before we knew any better) when she started having breathing issues. We took her to the vet who told us she only had a small amount of clear lung space, plus a mass in her stomach and a possible liver infection and was unlikely to recover. We opted to nebulize her and give her Cipro rather than let the vet euthanize her there and then but despite our best efforts and a brief spell where she seemed to be getting better she eventually refused to eat and only lasted a couple of days before she died in my hands.

I still feel incredibly guilty that we didn't do more but take solace that at least she had some happy times with us and was loved and cared for before she passed rather than being stuck in the pet store.

I keep beating myself up over it wishing I could have none more but realistically I am not sure what else we could have done as she hid her illness really well right to the end, she was running around and popcorning like crazy only a few days before.

When I would put my hand in her cage she would rest her paws on it and just sit there like that for ages.
She was sat with me on the sofa right before she passed, on a cushion next to me, but got up and walked across on to my lap and settled there for a while before climbing up on to my shoulder. I then felt her tense getting ready to jump (which would have been a bad idea from that height and would have been fatal or at least caused serious injury) so I grabbed her to stop her and she freaked out so I put her back in my lap but she was very weak. I tried to see if she would take some critical care but she wouldn't and didn't want any water either and her breathing got shallower and shallower before she eventually passed cradled in my hands. I think she knew she didn't have long left and that's why she wanted to be in my lap. I wish I could have saved her but if she was going to go I would rather she went that way than alone and unloved in a pet store.

As others have said you gave her 5 months of love and life she would otherwise have not had, I am sure she loved you for that.

May she rest in peace.

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