Rescue pig Piglet

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Post   » Thu May 08, 2008 1:50 am

Today I took in a sad case--a classroom pig who is partially paralyzed in her back legs.

Two weeks ago a parent took her to the vet because she was dragging both back legs. The vet diagnosed scurvy, and gave her a C shot. A week later she went back and got another C shot and some Metacam.

She has a nice healthy coat, not the hair loss and dryness I've seen with C deficiency before. She hasn't had much in the way of veggies and greens until her vet visit. The parent who took her under her wing copied off the C chart of veggies from GL and has been giving her veggies highest in C.

The parent said that there is slight improvement in one leg. She does seem to be able to get it under her a bit, but the other one just drags. The foot itself looks a bit atrophied.

I have an appointment for an xray and exam with my own vet early next week. I'm thinking calcium deficiency (she's not a satin, though), injury, or arthritis. Am I forgetting anything? Injury because apparently the kids at the school weren't always gentle with her, and arthritis because of her possible old age.

She's been a classroom pet for 2 years, a parent had gotten her off of craigslist and gave her to the teacher. No idea of how old she is, but she's got that bony backside that could either be from age or malnutrition.

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Post   » Thu May 08, 2008 1:59 am

An x ray would be good.

Could she have been dropped?

Poor thing.

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Post   » Thu May 08, 2008 2:10 am

I think it's a definite possibility.

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Post   » Thu May 08, 2008 3:04 am

Poor Piglet. Regardless of what happened to her, it sounds like she's in good hands now. Seeing as there's some improvement, it's unlikely that it's a spinal injury, isn't it? Maybe once diagnosed, she should have some therapy to keep that atrophied limb moving.

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Post   » Thu May 08, 2008 6:48 pm

Any evidence of pain or discomfort?

Bless you and thank you for helping her.

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Post   » Thu May 08, 2008 7:16 pm

To add to Bethie's Therapy suggestion - When our scurvy pigs came home - one with severe joint issues. Our vet suggested warm water soaks in the sink, just enough to cover her joints and bend them slowly. Just like water aerobics for those with arthritis. She loved it! (GuineaPinny's Peachie also liked her aquacize!)

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Post   » Thu May 08, 2008 7:46 pm


Yes, she does seem uncomfortable when being held, and even cried out a couple of times when moved. She didn't cry when I gently manipulated the leg, though.

I'm not handling her much until I get the xrays and see what's up. I forgot to check her teeth, though! I've had pigs with scurvy before who's teeth were all brown and chipped. I'll check later today.


Post   » Thu May 08, 2008 9:58 pm

I would think as a classroom pig, too, she may not be used to gentle hands. So she might expect pain when someone tries to hold her, too, no matter how gently someone treats her now.

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Post   » Fri May 09, 2008 5:55 pm

Please keep us posted on what you hear from the vet next week.

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Post   » Fri May 09, 2008 7:18 pm

Okay, her teeth are nice, white, and strong. I really doubt this is a case of scurvy.

That leaves injury, arthritis (which could come with the injury, I suppose), and calcium deficiency. However, since it seems as though she can move one of the back legs, I'm leaning towards injury.

Yes, I will definitely let you know what we discover from the vet on Tuesday.

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Post   » Sat May 10, 2008 1:14 am

I received some more info from the parent who brought her to me today. Apparently one of the girls tried to put Piglet on her back (the girl's own back) and she fell off. This same girl is the one who took her home when she came back with the injury.

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Post   » Sat May 10, 2008 2:44 am

Oh, poor Piglet. I hope her vet visit goes well.

She is so lucky to be in your home now, Lisam.


Post   » Sat May 10, 2008 8:01 am

oh goodness, how sad :( why in the world do teachers think they need classroom pets??

I hope she makes a full recovery and shes lucky to be with you!!

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Post   » Sat May 10, 2008 10:04 am

That poor little pig. That little girl or the teacher should pay the vet bills. They should not be allowed to neglect or mishandle an animal and get away with it.

If my duaghter hurt and animal, even if it was an accident (that little girl who put the pig on her back probably was an accident) I would feel horrible and make may daughter either pay out of her allowance or work around the house to pay for the bill.

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Post   » Sat May 10, 2008 7:26 pm

Lisam, about how long ago was this? Do you know?

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Post   » Sat May 10, 2008 8:22 pm

Unfortunately, it happened more than two weeks ago. The mom that brought her to me took matters into her own hands when nothing was being done for the poor pig. The first vet visit was two weeks ago, then another visit last week. The vet kept with the diagnosis of scurvy. I think because there was some improvement in the one leg.

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Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 6:38 pm

Kudos to the mom that stepped in to help her (and you too, of course, for taking her).

Can you give her a moderate (say, arthritis) dose of Metacam between now and her vet visit?

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Post   » Sun May 11, 2008 10:41 pm

Yes, good idea, Talishan. I thought I was out, but found some in the medicine cabinet.

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Post   » Tue May 13, 2008 5:24 pm

Back from our vet visit!

The xrays showed no broken bones, or even cracks. There was a little "bowing" of both femurs but she thinks it's from the original malnutrition/lack of C in her diet.

At this point, it looks as though there could have been nerve damage. Since the injury (the vet thinks that's what definitely happened) was over a month ago by now, the legs have atrophied from lack of use, which makes it harder to get her to use them, especially the one.

Metacam, and some "physical therapy" on my part a few times a day. The vet wants to try some acupuncture as well. Oh, and she gave her a vitamin B shot.

This pig is so darn cute. She kept murmuring to me the whole time, not in pain really, just a bit concerned. I'm a bit worried about what to do with her while we go on our vacation at the end of the month.


Post   » Tue May 13, 2008 7:40 pm

I'm so glad you are there for this pig, thanks for caring for her. I hope she recovers well and soon.

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