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.
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.
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.
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.
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.