My husband was excited for me with my new adoption of Hazel & Noodle. He was bragging about how much I knew (ha!) and how much I loved those little babies. One of his co-workers said, "Oh my daughter has a guinea pig but she doesn't want it anymore" and Fareed offered to take her from them. When he explained this to me, I was wary of accepting a 3rd pig as I foresaw all sorts of extra vet bills that we really don't need (for I am trying to remain responsible and not keep more than I have the money to adaquately take care of).
Tonight he brought home "Peanutbutter" a white abby or possible Peruvian mix. I wanted to cry, I did cry. She has no use whatsoever of her hind legs . They are spread out behind her and she drags them. There is no muscle tone and they feel "dead" I am watching her right now and she seems thrilled to have lots of Timothy hay, fresh food and green leaf lettuce. The cage is atrocious and the little shit actually wants it back! She can have it once quaranteen is over. I will show you photos. I honestly cannot tell if she has A: broken leg/s B: broken back or C: malformed due to inbreeding. The mother of course never noticed a thing wrong other than "She limps a little" She is also quite light and once I get a new scale (the old one took a dive last week) I will weigh her. Here are some photos and any advice as to what this looks like/sounds like would be appreciated because she won't be able to see a vet until Monday (she seems 100% happy and is defecating normally from what I can see though I fail to understand how she's eating her cecal pellets unless she's eating them off the floor).
- Wheekness for Pigs
Little Peanutbutter is so cute. I don't have any real words of wisdom except to echo what has already been said. Give little PB extra scruffles from us. I am sure she is happy to have landed in your care.
I hate irresponsible people. I think the pig will fare much better with you and hope it is able to live a normal life.
What about supplementing with extra vit. C for a while? I know you're giving nice greens, but it's safe to assume she has a deficiency. Am I remembering correctly, to give 50 mg per day for a week, if you suspect a deficiency, and 100mg/day for full-blown scurvy?
Good luck to you and PB.
Lynx, should I still vet-check her even if it wouldn't necessarily help with the leg situation?
Oh and she needs a new name, any suggestions?
- E's Moriarity
I think a vet visit is very worthwhile. I think vit C is also a very good idea. You can get liquid drops at GNC stores, but I feed the Oxbow C tabs, which my pigs eat like candy. 50mg/day I think would be good for suspected scurvey.
- Supporting my GL Habit
I agree with Wheekness to add extra vitamin C to her diet, at least short term. Its amazing what scurvy can do to the legs, and how quickly they can recover. Given her affinity for the greens and hay, its probably safe to say she wasn't give a balanced diet in the past.
- I GAVE, dammit!
When pigs come in here with visible signs of scurvy (this may or not be the case with your girl) I give them 100mg/kg for one week. Symptoms are usually gone by then. (I use NOW liquid vitamin C, which I buy over the internet).
A vet visit is always worthwhile.
If she won't take it at first, wet it before you give it to her, so she can taste what it is you're trying to poke into her. You want nice sweet tabs, to make it more palatable. I actually use a 500 mg tab, because my pigs will dance for that particular brand. Dance, as in put on the tiny tap shoes I made for them, stand up on their hind legs, and DANCE. They sing, too. The brand is Trader Joes, but it's not a widespread chain.
It's good they gave hay. It will have kept her teeth ground down. Better to have hay and no pellets than pellets and no hay.
Can't believe they want the cage back. Hope they at least gave you the hay. Maybe they think you're getting an awfully good deal already, a free pig! Like the people that want to "donate" pigs to rescues, gratis.
- Supporter in '14
- You can quote me
She reminds me in some ways of Tiny Tim:
Interestingly enough, she doesn't seem to have hairloss and while I'm sure she's underweight, she doesn't look emaciated.
I think she has a very good chance of recovering at least part of her mobility, if not all of it, with your care. Bless you and thank you for taking her.
If you can afford an x-ray, I suspect it will tell you quite a lot.