I've read tons of guides... they all just walk thou through the very simple process. That's not the problem; I understand the method. JUST as you get the bandage on he yanks his foot as hard as he can. I've tried keeping treats right by his face and that mostly works but right at the last second he always yanks that foot away. After 2 attempts he's usually just 'had it' and no amount of treats will keep him distracted. I can't overpower him without hurting him.
There's got to be some trick to this... how do vets deal with difficult cases like this? They must have some method of immobilizing the leg and foot.
The problem is that my piggy is quite strong, wiggley and very adept at yanking his foot at the worst possible moment. JUST as I'm securing the bandage he yanks and off it comes
Someone recommend swaddling him and just exposing the front paw in question. He really hated that. Letting ANY paw out gave him just enough leverage and grip to still wiggle and avoid getting a quality bandage on.
I watched that video showing someone swaddle and flip their pig on its back...and the little bugger just sits there, perfectly still, for 10 minutes! Yeah, I could bandage all 4 paws in 5 min if he'd just hold still LOL
Securing his leg above the elbow does help immobilize it. The thing is he feels really threatened when I do that. He feels really trapped and squirms more.
I'm thinking maybe taking a small towel, cutting little holes for his feet. Then suspend him gently and securely. Think of how they move a dolphin ... there's slits for their find in the hammock or sling.
I know it sounds crazy but I'm not sure what else to do.
I should add I try not to get him too flustered. When he gets more agitated I stop, calm down, pet him and feed him. Then I'll try again when he's more calm.
Sef: I mean... as sure as I can be... did a lot of research and it doesn't look like spurs. Urine scald, from what I've seen, doesn't have the intense swelling that you see in bumblefoot.
All Concerned: I did end up building the dolphin sling hammock thingy. I was surpassed by how well he could still yank his leg but at least he's got nowhere to run. I'm more able to hold him above the elbow there and immobilize the leg enough to get a bandage on. Now I can get a bandage on in just a couple of minutes instead of half an hour. He can also munch on some veggies while I work on him.
Thank you, all!
The sling is great...so glad I made it. His foot is improving!!! After weeks of little change it's finally healing. The key was keeping this bandage on.
Thanks for all the help! I learned a lot from the guides. From getting the right supplies to using them properly
Think its 9k to go with out a bandage now?
Should I keep soaking it with 40:1 povidon iodine : water solutuon?
If yes to either...when do I know to stop?