His eyes and nose are clear, he is eating and drinking, and is peeing and pooping. I asked Courtney if he seemed to be in pain, like did he squeel when he peed and pooped on her and she said no. I am not sure what to do. Any thoughts?
I have an appointment for him today.
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I've seen this sort of dramatic weightloss with stones, but not with teeth. Also with a mouth abscess. While he may also have a teeth issue, I'd still get an xray to rule out other things.
I would only have a particular vet deal with teeth issues, but anybody can do an xray/exam.
I will have to go back and check my book to make sure I am right about the last time we weighed him. We normally do it Friday evenings before veggies. I honestly can't remember if we did them or not now. I know we did the fosters. But now that I am thinking about it, I honestly can't remember if we did them. How can I not remember? I do dremember what his weight was though the last time. It was down at that time around 15 grams. But the week before that he was up 10 grams.
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I have. And the pig was apparently, to casual observation eating just fine. No other standard dental signs were present, until they got into his mouth. Then they found a mess.
Ditto Mum, however. I strongly suspect some form of mouth problem, but if he were my pig I'd want an x-ray and thorough exam, too.
Caveat: my experience screams at me not to let *anyone* who doesn't know cavy teeth look in a cavy's mouth. My inclination would be to wait until Saturday for Dr. R. and handfeed him aggressively. Mum is right, though; anyone reasonably savvy can do an x-ray and exam. That would be two vet visits, though.
How well is he holding his weight and/or gaining with handfeeding?
He has actually gained a little already. I weighed him right before his last feeding. I need to get him some vit. C too. Going to get that in a little bit.
His teeth were taken care of. They even gave him a nail trim while he was there. I had given him a butt cleaning, but they cleaned him out even better. By the time I got there to pick him up, he was already up and trying to eat.
We have metecam for 10 days, and continue hand feeding for 4-5 days, or longer if needed. We go back for a recheck in 3 weeks.
Thank you everyone for your input.
I have been following Leslie's thread as well, since her pig is going through the same thing. I mixed a little baby food in with the mash and that seemed to help a little. Watermellon has not been successful. However, strawberries have proven to be a bit easier. I have been trying to feed smaller amounts more often. I guess timing is everything, as I was recently laid off work, so I have the time to hand feed him frequently.
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"Question...is it normal for them to drop weight right after their teeth done?"
Yes. Ideally they won't, and some don't, but in my experience (and reading here), many (if not most) do.
My empathy and understanding on the layoff. Best of luck and good wishes in finding something new.
Then 3 days ago he started dropping again. He is now below 900 grams. This is a pig that was usually around 1200 grams or more. I have resumed hand feeding, even though he does eat on his own. I have moved him to a cage by himself so I can monitor exactly how much he is eating. His breathing sounds fine and his eyes and nose are clear. I am at a loss right now. I have an appointment for him Tuesday afternoon. His is pooping and peeing without any evidence of discomfort. I am at a loss for what to do for him.