I've tried to find some info about this, but it's always concerning a new/baby guinea pig or a pig that has gone through a change of environment/cage mate. My pig, however, is a 10 month old boar with a very stable life who just won't... thrive. I know they can have very different personalities, but this feels abnormal.
- Will almost never leave his house
- Will not move around during floor time (immediately finds a hidey place and just sits there)
- Will not run away when I pick him up
- Will hardly even move during lap time
- Is super laid-back and submissive with my other boars
- Is very small (hovers around 800 g)
- Appears weak, non-athletic, couldn't jump up on a house even if he tried (which he would NEVER do)
- Is a picky eater
- Is very quiet and non-vocal
He is quite small but not thin. He does sadly have the typical "show" body with a short nose, low back/butt, high set broad shoulders and round eyes. He has a very luxurious long, thick and shiny coat too. All clear during vet check-ups.
I don't know. Heart problems? Blindness? Depression? Scurvy? Genetics? Sometimes when I pick him up it's obvious he hasn't moved for a very long time since he is covered in pee and surrounded by his poops. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated!
If I remove his house he is somewhat more active and does not seem to startle when I approach him. He just sits there. He is picked on quite a lot by his hyper cage mate and doesn't really fight back unless he absolutely has to. I have never tried keeping him separated with his own space, he seems to find comfort in other pigs, even if they are cruel to him. If he is alone during floor time he is absolutely lost. He will crawl back up into my hands and sit there, or find a hidey and just stay there for HOURS.
I'll make a vet appointment tomorrow, I'm thinking I'll press hard for dentals and X-rays. Maybe bloodwork? Sadly even the most highly recommended vet around here requires that you are very tough with them and demand thourough examinations. I've had guinea pigs with heart problems treated for pneumonia more times than I'm comfortable with because they just won't listen in time.
I am sorry to hear you do not have a lot of confidence in your vet (with reason). But I guess ruling out things is also extremely important. Let us know what the xrays show.
I don't like the way he walks, his belly drags on the ground and he presses up against walls as if he is terrified. I tried feeling his body condition under all the fur and he doesn't like me touching his hindquarters. He has little to no muscle mass there. I may be imagining things but I think his breathing is slightly laboured at times. He's also been a nibbler and chewer all his life. He will nip at your fingers and neck when you hold him, and sometimes I find him chewing on bedding or the bars.
I've given him a small dose of metacam today, just to see if it perks him up. Then I'll know for sure if he is in pain.
We're going to get an ultra sound and second opinion from a cardiologist in a nearby town. But my vet says it's only to make sure, and nothing can be done. She recommends putting him down If that's the case, since having your organs scrambled inside of you is most likely incredibly painful.
I don't know what to do, this is my FOURTH pig in a row with a genetic illness. I don't know how many more times I can stand the grief and guilt that euthanasia brings me.
If anyone has any idea of what to do with a pig with a stomach hernia, please let me know.
I'll ask for the X-rays at the second clinic. They have recieved them via e-mail there and If I'm lucky they might forward them to me. I hope they're all wrong and It's somethig treatable. I don't know If I would go for a surgery that has never been done before.
I can't even tell what the next step will be. Until then I would like to give him some pain relief. I have Metacam at home 1,5mg/1ml, and I have been giving him 0,13 ml once a day. Do you think I could give him more, or maybe twice a day? He is down to 780 g.
I'm still waiting for X-rays, I should have them by tomorrow. I would be so happy If you could take a look at them, maybe it could bring some clarity, or at least check something off the list.
Thank you all for staying with us so far!
I'm not happy about the looks of the chest cavity. There's not enough air in there, and I can't make out the heart. My vet said it's also harder to see since the initial X-rays were taken with the bones in mind and not the organs. What do you think?