Do you wear gloves? You must, because I still can´t get that smell off my hands.
Do you "dig" out poop with the Q-tip?
Are you able to completely clean out all the poop?
Have you ever come across a kind of "string" of whitish material?
Do you end up supplementing these boars with vit. B?
Have you found that certain diets seem to cause more impactions?
How often are you cleaning out these impacted boars?
Have you had any boars who became impacted so much that you had them nuetered?
*I wasn´t sure whether to put this here or on the medical forum, if you think it belongs there, could you please move it, Lynx?
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It depends how often on the boar. My older guys, who get impacted, seem to need it more often. A high hay concentration in the diet seems to help. I guess it would be the fiber.
I think some are just pre-disposed to getting it. I´ve had older boars than needed almost daily cleaning out. This was usually toward the end of their lives and they had a few other health issues.. Some never develop it at all.
The Hollister boys I cleaned out could not be cleaned out in 1 try. I´m sure it was a hygeine , anatomy and food issue with them. I used KY jelly and mineral oil over a couple of days to work the hardness out. Warm water butt soaks help as well You want to be very careful. If it is hard as you could tear sensitive anal tissue if it is really stuck and it usually is.. I use my gloved finger to gently massage the tissue from the putrid matter.
I don´t supplement, but I do hide a healthy poop in a treat for them after cleaning out.
Of my 26, 20 are boars. Many "dumps" I´ve fostered have had impactation issues. I´ve done more than my share of clean outs. It´s like diapers, you sort of get used to it but wish you´d never have to do another one.
Got a remedy for stinky Dog farts?????
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I´d do a boar clean out any day.
I switched him to a high quality, protein based senior food today. If it doesn´t work SOON, I´m wearing a gas mask. That would really freak the poor Monterey pigs out!
The boar in question is my sister´s 4 year old boy. I thought he was starting to look like he was losing condition--kind of scruffy. I took a look at his bottom, and boy! What a plug! I cleaned him that day (a week ago), and then yesterday really quick just "popped" some out (no time for boar cleaning then), and today did a really good cleaning. The trouble is that he lives with my sister, and while they love him and really do a good job of caring for him and his cage mate, they are all pretty squeamish about stuff like this. So I guess I will have to stop over there a few times a week. Luckily it is only 5 minutes away.
Funny about the dog farts. My husband used to have real smelly ones (more information than you needed?) until he started on the Atkin´s diet. He basically just eats meat and cheese and some veggies. What a change--no more smelly ones (unless he goes off the diet for awhile).
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I´ve been worried about perhaps Ollie was impacted, as he had a bit of shaving stuck in his bum and when I pulled it out, there was lots of sticky white extremely gross smelling stuff.
I checked all four boars, they all have the same type of stuff. Their are plenty of normal poops in all the cages. How can you tell if your pig is impacted? Do they quit pooping altogether? Or is this white sticky goop normal? There was also some unformed poopy material mixed in with the white stuff.
God, I hope no one is eating while reading this.....
Besides, you got practice with the Hollister boys - you´re ready for a big, stinky boar! And if he was yours, you wouldn´t even have to clean him in your car!! How extravagant!
I have two older, neutered boars who I haven´t had a problem with yet, but I definitely got major experience with the Hollister boars. My other three boars are still young. Cleaning them out doesn´t bother me that much. I think it depends on the individual person, and their level of squeamishness. It is gross, but you just have to suck up and do it.
Having a guy like Jim around to assist helps out even more - I´m surprised Bats doesn´t have boars! (And of course, Becky was more than helpful as well!)
They certainly are cute. And if I had to, I´m sure I could clean one out on a regular basis (no worse than subcues every other day), but Yewwwwww! And I´m not at all squeamish. Just not into CHOOSING to do gross things!
Leebee, do you think being neutered helps with the impaction?
To be quite honest Becky, I´m not sure because I´ve only ever had older neutered boars. I do remember talking to Teresa about it and she seemed to think it did. Of course, having an excellent diet and all the hay they can eat certainly help, and all the pigs Teresa adopts out have that, so you never can tell. I´m just glad my boars are ok, so far, neutered or not.
- For the love of my girls!
KM, do the pics and/or description on the impaction page help at all? www.guinealynx.info/guinealynx/impaction.html
Supposedly you can feel a hardness in the area if they are.
Yes, I have. I described it as rubber cement consistency. Someone said it was likely a semen plug. It was thin and long about 2 inches long.
archichik - use the q-tip with mineral oil to loosen anything stuck then yes, kind of work it out. I´ve never used a finger... it seems to me that would be worse for the pig (fat fingers with long fingernails poking in his bottom).