We had no idea that one of the young pigs (approx. 8 wks) we brought home was pregnant until she gave birth to 2 pups. The mom prolapsed and died the next day. The healthier and better-eating of the 2 babies did great for 2 days and then stopped eating and died suddenly. They had both nursed.
The runt, "Pedro" has grown like crazy, and he does well except for once a day his hindend "freezes," he can't use his rear legs, and he won't eat. We had thought that it might be impaction, but I've stuffed warm water-soaked and mineral-soaked Q-tips up his little patoot without much action. It seems as if he comes around without necessarily pooping, so I'm puzzled.
Diet has been whole cow's milk (started on the advice of a local vet before we found this website) augmented with pellets, a bit of "slurry," and a small amount of timothy. Have tried to dissolve vit. C in warm milk for him periodically.
Once he again eats, I'll try to feed him slurry instead of milk (he does seem rather stubborn on this count)
ANY IDEAS? Is this rear-end paralysis typical of an impacted pig?
Sorry so long-winded, and thanks for response.
- Even Republicans Give!
I would stop the milk, their systems can't digest it properly, and that may be part of the issue.
Hopefully some of our experts will have better advice soon.
(However, he does need, even at this young age, to have unlimited amounts of good quality hay (alfalfa is usually recommended for young gps).
- Just Do It
Give him unlimited hay, I am thinking that is good for him.
Has he not pooped at all?
- I GAVE, dammit!
If he's been getting whole milk as a diet, he'll develop scurvy (if he hasn't already).
Give him some extra vitamin C - syringe it in to him daily (scurvy can cause hind end weakness, lameness, etc.)
Offer him fresh veggies. Most newborns will nibble on mom's veggies.
If up until now he's had no fresh veggies, and just hay and milk, chances are very high he has scurvy.
Do you have a kitchen scale to weigh him?
No milk. Don't listen to pet store advice. Read the link lynx gave you.
You can get vitamin C supplements at GNC or health food places. Just plain vit c.
WARNING to all new pig owners: donot assume anything, and damn the expense of the Vet. If I'd known that he was actually ill and that we'd be so devastated by losing him, I would have done just about anything to save him. Our other 2 pigs are doing well, but there will never be another Pedro.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
Many of us have learned about proper guinea pig care the most devastating way - through sadness and loss. I know Pedro's story will be helpful to others in the future.