I apologise for such a long post this is my first post and I am just concerned for my boy and want to do the best I can for him.
- Supporter in '11
Since we weren't involved in the original diagnosis and treatment and since injuries can be so varied, I don't want to offer any medical advice either.
But I thought you'd like to hear that sometimes the nerves do regenerate.
Good luck with your piggy...
I would weigh him daily, also, to make sure he's getting enough food.
- You can quote me
An immediate vet visit and a steroid (pred) is the very best thing you can do, and you have done it. In my experience from reading this board, more animals recover their mobility than don't. Hopefully he will recover, especially since he is moving around as much as he is right now.
Be sure to keep his belly and rump clean and dry. If he can't move about as much as normally, he may get soiled and sore under there.
Work with him. Help him to move his right leg (gently) as he is moving around with his front and left rear. Think of a gentle physical-therapy type regime, warmth, gentle massage and supplementing his mobility. It may take a while, but don't give up; hang in there with him and he may recover to an almost-normal or normal extent.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
I decided that an extremely safe, risk-free life stuck in a cage was not much of a life and went against that. You are in the same position. You were holding your pig because you love him, and something unpredictable happened. Try not to feel guilty.
This was pre my registration at GL.
It took time, but she got back to normal
As for the check-up, I'd ask the vet for some physical therapy exercises, as Talishan already suggested.
If he's not overly stressed and freaked about water, swimming therapy, *with you right there helping the entire time* can sometimes be helpful.
Pinta is a user here who did a RoxyRoller thing for a disabled pig. Search this forum on her name and that phrase if you're interested--some animals live good quality lives with carts--this would be the gp version.
I asked the vet about the roxy roller and the vet thinks its probably too early for him to be put in this and that rest would be better for him. But says in a few weeks we will start doing some physio exercises with him and then it would be beneficial to him.
So fingers crossed but so far looks like things are going to be ok. Will keep you all informed and thank you so much for the kind words!
I slid on a small blanket on a slippery floor once with piggie Poldi, and not wanting to squash her during my fall, I fell sideways on the floor, but dropped her by accident. She went flying and actually hit the wall face first, whereas I couldn't get up from the floor. I was taken to hospital for an x-ray of my hips and spent the evening there, som It wasn't before the next day we found out that Poldi had broken both her upper front teeth! How she managed not to break anything more is beyond me. She was a tough piggie!
Elvis fell from my son's arms once, even though he is so very careful. It wasn't a high fall, but he injured his back. The vet didn't find any injuries, but it took about a week before he could walk properly. He dragged his feet for a couple of days. We restricted his movement and let him have peace from his girls until he was absolutely fine.
Ditto on the cleaning. Sounds like you're doing a great job!