Then she goes on about supplements and prints out a list of Oxbow products and talks about Critterberries. I sigh and pay and leave.
Henry was crying more today. But she's been really good the past two weeks. I'm going to start monitoring what she eats when she cries. I've tried different veggies here and there but I'm going to start with just lettuce, and add one thing a week maybe, see what triggers it. Or maybe she's just having an off day. She's still on the Bactrim.
I think you're better off doing a food diary, like you said. Took me a while to notice that romaine was making Zachary bleed every single time I fed it. That, and apple.
Her crying is still there, but it's softer. She got worse with cilantro, so we've taken that out for now. She seems okay with peppers, carrots, and tomato (along with lettuces of course).
As I type this, I have a sick hamster, Toby going to the vet on Thursday for unexplained weight loss, and Zachary gassy and passing tiny poops for no apparent reason. And I'm supposed to take a urine sample from Bassy to the vet this week, too, but am almost afraid to. Sometimes I think breeding pandas in captivity would be easier than trying to keep all 6 of these guys healthy at the same time.
As tracis said, you've been through so much to H-nug. It's natural to be cautiously optimistic about any improvement. Here's hoping the weight gain is just the beginning of more good things to come for you both. :)
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*sprlft* LOL. How many of us can relate to that!!
This has happened with some of ours. My advice is just ... breathe. Don't feel good, or bad. Don't feel optimistic, or pessimistic. Just ... accept the improvement, and watch H-nug ... for continued improvement, for anything going downhill. Just accept it, and process it, for what it is. An improvement, and some stability. We like stability in our house. :-)
The roached backs really improved. So it wasn't so much the needles but stimulating the right spot.
Good thing too because it was much easier for me to get access to lasering than acupuncture and acupuncture required more frequent sessions. Pigs preferred it too.
Then two week ago (right when we were going for a well visit for a change) there was a spot of blood in the cage. It was Henry of course. So we just started her on a course of Bactrim again since the only way we've been able to diagnose stuff is through invasive procedures. I'm generally okay with a spot of blood now and then if nothing else is different.
However, all this week Henry has been getting more and more aggressive with her cagemate Dudley. Henry used to be scared of her own shadow and so is Dudley so together they were best friends. Now all of a sudden Henry is seeking Dudley out, burring, nipping, and chasing. And today it's at it's worst. It's constant. Dudley is crying and no matter where she goes - or if she defends herself - Henry is ready to start again.
I want to assume it's not hormonal because Henry's been spayed. Henry is the instigator here, not Dudley. The only things that have been different since this fighting started are:
1) They were at the vet
2) Henry was on Bactrim
3) Dudley got some Baytril ear drops because there was lots of junk in there and we wanted to prevent ear infection. I originally thought Dudley was deaf, so I don't know if this has any bearing on D or H
4) I found something that looked like dead half-cricket in their hay (definitely from the hay and not my house)
Any ideas why the sudden aggression? Anything I can do to stop it? It's constant and Henry is acting quite nuts. Should I re buddy bath? Treat for mites? Send Henry to an exorcist?
If Henry isn't feeling right, or in pain - given her history on this thread and knowing she has bladder issues - what would my next step be at the vet? We really don't want to do anything invasive like we have been, but nothing else has shown us anything.
As far as I can tell, she's urinating normally. She's peeing all over the cage though, which is unlike her, but I can't find anything odd about the pee itself. I took them out for floor time this week and there was nothing remarkable about the color / smell / amount.
Oh and they're both around 2 years old.
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If she is chasing Dudley around, that may be the reason you are seeing her pee all over the cage.
Do you have pain medication on hand?
Edited to add: I *think* an ultrasound would give a better view of any reproductive organs, but, if you are just looking to see if anything was left behind, than an x-ray might do it (if the person reading the x-ray is experienced, that is).
They've actually seemed just fine since then. They have seemed to stay away from each other a bit more, eating at different times and not sharing the hayloft today, but there hasn't been any fights.
Maybe they just needed a time out and I thought there was more behind it. Still keeping my eye on them though.
I've already stopped giving her anything exciting for veggie time that might aggravate her. Only red/green leaf lettuce. Carrot. Sometimes tomato. That's pretty much it.
My vet and I are mostly at a loss. What else can we do for her to get her to stop crying. She's normal otherwise, but I feel terrible having her cry all the time. She can't live like that forever, I'd imagine :(.