The pig is question is male, about 4 years old (recently adopted). Stable weight, good eater and drinker (veg, Oxbow pellets, KM hay, water), normal poops.
He never seems to be in distress when making the noises at all and they seem to happen most frequently when eating veggies, but happen also when he's not eating at all or eating/hay pellets. Sometimes he makes no noise at all when eating.
He's on day eight of 2x a day Enrofloxacin regimen to cover the bases of a possible URI, but has no crusty eyes, sneezing or URI symptoms beyond the odd breathing sounds. He is NOT a fan of medicine time and is VERY strong. In 13 years of having pigs I've never seen one so adamantly syringe avoidant.
He was at the vet for a wellness check 2 weeks ago after being adopted and his heart and lungs sounded fine.
Does this sound like a situation when x-rays would be in order to look for an enlarged heart or other things? He seems 100% healthy aside from the noises but I don't want to ignore them if they could be something that needs treatment. He didn't make any sound at the vet so the doctor hasn't heard the sounds.
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So when and how frequently the hooting happens seems to me makes a difference and does not always mean there are heart issues.
The hooting does happen randomly when he's not eating though. He has a vet appointment this week, and I'm asking for x-rays.
I do have a green pepper story though: I had an elderly sow (seven years), who was eating a piece of green pepper and then out of nowhere started making choking noises and green juice started coming out of her nose, it was terrifying. By the time I got her to the ER vet, they said she seemed fine. No symptoms or distress of any kind. I've been leery of green pepper since, not sure if that's rational or not.
The vet said we could do bloodwork but he doesn't think it would give us much info that would change the course of treatment.