Diablo is a 3-4 year REW boar. He used to belong to a friend, but she no longer wanted him. On Feb. 8, 2007 she gave him to me. He has had a poor diet all his life. VERY crappy pellet mix-nearly all seeds, and no hay, hardly any veggies. When he came to me, his poos were hard and light brown.
Diablo's first issue would be his head tilt. His head is turned significantly to the right. Dr. Crum says there is no neurological damage, so it is probably from an old ear infection, because he has had the tilt for at least a year. Although there is a chance it's tooth problems, I doubt it because he eats hard foods like pellets, hay, and carrots without problems.
Right now, he also has a corneal ulcer on his right eye. This is from Snickers biting him. Diablo is now in his own separate cage. He is currently getting 1-2 triple AB drops in that eye 3 times a day for two weeks. If anyone is interested, the box says "Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Gramicidin Opthalmic Solution USP".
Diablo's other problem is his weight. As of yesterday, he weighs 750G. The little guy looks very skinny, too! I'm giving him 6 mLs of Critical Care twice a day. He's also getting .4 mL of liquid vitamin C because of his poor diet. Any suggestions on what his diet should be like? I'm giving him unlimited hay (of course) and lots of veggies. I'm not sure what to do about pellets, though. He has been on the aforementioned seed crap pellets, and refuses to eat Oxbow pellets. Should I keep him on the crap (Vitakraft Menu) while he gets his weight up, of just switch him to Cavy Cuisine now? What about Cavy Performance? I think that it might be good for him, because it is higher in calories, right?
All feedback/advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
As I said in the other thread, be careful with TOO many pellets.
I would also introduce new foods a little at a time and feed him small meals more often, at least in the beginning.
His "sister" and her mate are so glad he's got a better home now.
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If he does, I'd up the CC to more than 6 mL twice a day. I think I'd shoot for 10-15 mL twice, or more, per day if he wants it and if you can manage it.
If he likes it well enough to eat on his own, you could make a clot of it and put it in his cage, on a small plate or saucer, so he can nibble on it at will.
Cavy Performance will help give him nutrients he needs and bulk him up a little. My concern with it is at his age -- well at any age -- you sure don't want him developing stones, sludge, chronic UTI's etc. from the excess calcium.
Is he drinking okay? How does his urine look? If it's not exceptionally cloudy or with crystals in it, you could try the Performance and see how he likes it.
Bless you for taking him and helping him.
He is drinking plenty and his urine looks fine, so I guess I will try the Performance. I'm guessing it would be good to cut down on high calcium foods once I switch him over to it, right?
Thank you guys for the help!
Talishan- I will keep supplimenting him with vitamin C, and cut down on the high calcium foods, then. Are there any high-C low-calcium veggies you reccomend?
I will take Diablo in to check out his mouth once he reaches his target weight of 800G. Right now he is 760G.
Anyone have ideas about something else it could be?