Thanks everyone for the pellet info. that was something I have never considered as I give my pigs a strict amount every morning and have never waivered. I may try cutting down to see what happens. I have one pig with on and off soft stool and my piggy that died of cancer (we tried everything) had huge issues with stool consistency. Thanks, L
Also, it seems most of the posts are about soft poos. Not a problem, but Olive seems to be having small poos lately and I'm wondering what that's about? She's on motility drugs right now - she has this odd shaped belly. It makes her head look kind of funny being on a body with a tummy like hers. (yes, she was seen by the vet. It's not bloat, but he did put her on motility meds)
I can make this a temporary sticky. The idea is actually to get all the info we can and add it to the guide in some way with a link back to this thread.
"We just returned from Olive's vet appointment and I am very glad we did!
Xrays were taken. Olive's lungs are very clear - not a shadow anywhere. Her heart is ever so slightly enlarged. Dr. D. believes the noise is coming from her throat area. She sounds like she has a bunch of phlegm in her throat that she can't clear. He believes the nebulizer treatments will just make this worse, since she already has excess moisture in her mouth that she can't handle.
He called it "pharyngeal dysfunction". On the xray there was also something unusually shaped right at the place where her spine meets her skull. The shape of it was a bit off. It would be straight behind her throat.
He thinks she probably has some sort of neurological issues that make it difficult for her to use her pharynx properly, hence the extra moisture. There was some evidence of drool in the corners of her lips. Teeth check out okay.
She should be fine for quite some time, though at some point the dysfunction could progress, leaving it more and more difficult for her to swallow, risking aspiration, etc.
For now he gave he cicipro and believes that will help significantly. And NO MORE Nebulizer!!"
Here she is:
- Cavy Slave Since '08
Normal and beautiful poop from my young healthy pig Faísca versus strange poops from my 4 years old heart pig Pantufinha.
The first strange poop have some dried mucus on it. I'd love to hear more about it, especially about malabsorption and so. She's dealing with strange teeth issues right now and I don't know what to think.
Jacqueline, I’m not sure if I’d consider those small (at least compared to my pigs). It looks like the droppings are about the size of GW’s face (on the quarter). Here’s a comparison shot with one of mine:
Wet mount; Result: tritrichomonas
Gram stain; Result: some yeast but no overgrowth; normal
Culture (aerobic C&S); Result: overgrowth of klebsiella and enterobacter; no fungus
He's currently on Metronidazole for two weeks. If he isn't where we want him to be on the 24, or he back slides after taking him off the metronidazole, we will put him on some baytril.
He's been nibbling some poop from the other pigs. The vet mentioned it could be the meds are making his taste a little off and he's just not used to that. I might've even lightly nudged Sonia over when she was reaching for one of hers to see if Charlie would take it (she quickly replaced it with another one).