August is looking better for us

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Sydspigsmom
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Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:06 pm


July was rather traumatic at our house with the sudden death of Flash while we were on vacation and then Todd’s death just over a week later at the vet’s office. August is looking better as we have had a couple additions and I think it’s time to share them with you.

This is the little gal we pigsat for back in June. She is now back with us permanently. Her name is Mumble and she is at least 2 years old. She is a total sweetheart and loves to be held.
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After some advice from my Brother in Law (PhD. In Psychology), we adopted two three month old brothers. We have not officially named the brothers yet but are thinking along the lines of Pumpkin & Spice, although Rumble & Tumble, Fred & George (Weasley) are all options They tend to go full “boar” until they just drop.
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Now for a couple questions:
First, Mumble’s nails are a mess. The previous owner told me they had been trimmed once in the two years they had her. They are thick and curled. Also one of her front paws has a hard flap on it. Any advice for this? Do I keep her nails on the shorter side? Would foot soaks help? The hard flap does seem to hurt her when I touch it.

Second, Any thoughts on names for the brothers? Is having a Mumble, Rumble and Tumble way too cheesy? We admit we are horrid at naming pets as our black 90 lb. male German Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix is named Fluffy. That's right, Fluffy!

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Feylin

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:10 pm


Cut those nails back to a reasonable length. You might hit the quick but you can use a styptic pencil to stop bleeding. Bribe the pig with carrots. It will hurt her way more to walk on those nails than the momentary pain of a cut quick.

The flap sounds like a spur. You can cut the dead skin off.

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:17 pm


I have no advice to offer but did want to say those are some cute pigs you have. “Pumpkin & Spice” must have just gone “full boar” because they look totally wiped out.

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Sydspigsmom
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Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:58 pm


Feylin, I had trimmed her nails back when we were pigsitting her but didn't get very agressive with them. I will definitely take care of them now. Will her nails always curl or will staying ahead of them help? I'll also try trimming the flap (as well as do a search for more info on spurs). Thanks for your advice.

Catie Cavy, Thanks! We think they are cute too. Oddly enough this is the only good picture we have of the two of them. All the other pictures have half shots of one of them running off!

theamazingbox

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:51 pm


I love Pumpkin and Spice! Mumble looks like a troublemaker. My Jameson had horrifyingly long nails. I've been able to trim them a little shorter each time, but they're not yet back to normal, and it's been at least 8 months.

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LynnK

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:06 pm


I have always liked the spice names they can really fit a pet of any type or breed.

Fluffy? Now that's different!

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clairey

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:08 pm


If they're so hyper, I think Fred and George fit the boys. But then, I am a big fan of people-names for pets.

Mumbles looks so squishy and scritchable.

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pig wrangler
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Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:17 pm


Hmm names for brothers, this can be fun depending on their personalities..

Tom and John (Fogerty)

Ray and Dave (Davies)

Cain and Abel ( if they are rivals) Abel and Seth otherwise.

Cronus, Hyperion Promethius or Uranus

John and Bobby (Kennedy) if they are diplomatic piggies

Wilbur and Orville if they are jumpers or adventurous.

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GuineaPinny

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:27 pm


Careful that the flap isn't bumblefoot when trimming.

I love Mumble!

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Brenda B

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:53 pm


If you go in for a vet check, they can cut the flap. Mine does for me all the time. My pig that had long nails has 2 that are permanently curled.

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Feylin

Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:59 pm


I tended to just cut the huge curly nails when I was doing rescue pigs.

You can do the gradual thing, but if the nails are altering the shape of the foot or the pig's gait- you have to cut them off because the pig is walking in pain. For example, if the nail is curled under the toe /foot pad or if the nail pushes the toe up off the floor when walking. That's when I just cut past the quick.

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CavyCastle
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Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:46 pm


If you cut the nails in June and you are doing an aggressive cut now, they should be receding nicely. (Feylin's advice is very sound!)

If the skin flap looks like a large hang nail, then it is probably not bumble foot just a spur. If there is swelling and irritation plus the skin flap, then that needs antibiotics.

I think Tumble and Rumble are GREAT boarly names. Plus it goes with the Mumble theme. :)

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Sydspigsmom
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Post   » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:09 pm


I did a search on foot spurs and that's exactly what her foot looks like. I'll trim it a bit and see if that helps.

Mumble has spent the last two years in a store bought cage with a pigloo and a PVC pipe tunnel. In June it was apparent that walking was a problem but we were not sure if that was due to her nails or lack of space. She is now in an awesome 2x3 purple and green cage and is moving much better.

Oh, so many great options for names! We'll have to put it to a family vote soon.

Tracis
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Post   » Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:41 am


Mumble is so pretty, and the boys are very cute.

Everyone looks content and happy in their new home. :)

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:27 am


Glad things are better.

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Sydspigsmom
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Post   » Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:50 am


First of all thanks for all of the great advice on Mumble's foot and the kind comments. I wanted to show you Mumble's extreme home makeover pictures.

She came in this with colorful seedy pellets, loose bedding, no hay, and those toys in her cage.
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We gave her the fleece bedding and hay rack.

Now she has Kleenmamma's pellets, hay 24/7, fleece bedding, and room to move.
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I know that hay rack is questionable, at this point Mumble does not show any interest in climbing into it. Just emptying it!

Now that her nails are trimmed and she has space she is a different guinea pig. She has lost her "waddle" and has found her voice. The best by far is that she no longer hides when we come into the room, she runs up to see us.

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GuineaPiggin

Post   » Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:55 am


Mumble is adorable but looks like trouble, and she sounds so very happy in her new home.

The boys are very cute! Looks like they just had a very "rough" zoomies and popcorn session. =)

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Sydspigsmom
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Post   » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:40 pm


So far Mumble has been very little trouble but we'll keep an eye out!

And the nameless have names! We decided to go with Pumpkin and Spice. A couple of reasons: First, We wanted to avoid names they would outgrow. (We hope they settle down within the year) Second: Pumpkin has an orange collar that is about the only way we can tell them apart!

Pumpkin:
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Spice:
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A better picture of Pumpkin's collar (with my little guy who loves guinea pigs)
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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:44 pm


All 3 of your boys are adorable. I think it's so sweet when little boys love animals.

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Sydspigsmom
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Post   » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:37 am


Wow, school started with a bang and it's (way past) time to update on how the boys and Mumble are doing!

Spice has claimed dominance and is currently weighing 1200 gr. He also has made it know that he prefers his out of the cage time to be spent on the floor. I think he's turned into a beauty!

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Pumpkin has consistently weighed 200 gr less than his brother and is currently at 1000gr. He is a sweetheart and loves to be held. He'll cuddle with you if you lay down next to the edge of the pad during floortime.

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Last but not least is Mumble. Mumble goes through more hay in a day than the boys do together! Her foot spur fell off and she continues to thrive on daily veggies and quality pellets. Her weight stays between 950gr. and 1000gr. She eats well and is very active in her cage.

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