Peaches's bones were like someone drew with white out on the film, it was quite shocking--we're going to see if we can take a picture of it next time we're there. But no, absolutely no moth holes.
Once again, I'm shocked she's actually even alive. It makes sense why she screams if she falls over in the cage, the twisting of her spine (if it's practically fused) must be incredibly painful.
Peaches's dosage has seemed to work very well for her. She will run around and climb over things and be wonderfully active now that she has a roommate as well as her "health ( :/ ). I know Matt has always been so worried about liver and kidney damage though that he has wanted to try lowering it. I can talk to him about keeping it the same even with the arthritis meds.
eta: Salana we are never able to go to the vet without Peaches screaming a little. She screams sometimes when Sophie walks near Herb, so forget about a quiet moment when Dr. Schwartz wants to take a sample of her ear gunk. I think her screams can melt the hearts of grizzled men within 10 miles.
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0.2 mL of 0.5 mg/mL meloxicam is about 1/2 what she needs, very roughly, at the least. Maybe more. If meloxicam's kidney stress is a consideration, consider Rimadyl (carprofen). It can place a load on the liver, but we have had much better success with it for long-term use than we have with Metacam.
To us glucosamine has been worthless. I hope it helps Peaches.
Could the differing doses of meloxicam be because of her low weight? 693 grams is her absolute highest. When she first went in she weighed 1lb1oz.
Lynx, Matt and I are both trying to remember her jaw bones and I can't. I'm thinking it might be power of suggestion that I remember them as thick and that I don't actually remember.
The next time we go I can try and check out the X-Ray, or take a photo of it while it's back-lit perhaps?
I know! She is a marvel. I remember her on her first night when she couldn't even stand, and we thought we might be taking her to the vet to have her euthanized the next day--but she fought so hard to get better. And I remember everyone was telling us how hard hand feeding critical care might be (we were very new to pigs), and Peaches loved it! We just put it on a spoon and she ate from there after a while, but when we were syringe feeding she couldn't wait for the next one! She has such a will to live, it is astounding. I don't think I could ever say I nursed Peaches back to health. I think Matt and I gave Peaches room and board and she had at it!
Do check her jaw. Do you mean on the x-ray? Or is this something we would be able to get a feel or by feeling Peaches's jaw in comparison to our other pigs?
Thank you so much!
I think we might be able to make a positive report on glucosamine in conjunction with meloxicam in Peaches's severe case of arthritis.
We are instructed to bring her back to the vet next week after giving her thicker critical care to bulk her up. Any other tips for weight gain?
Also wanted to share Peaches' x-rays with you all. They show the severe arthritis in her knees, her fused spine, and the calcification of her bones because of her severe malnutrition.
Peaches has been eating critical care around the clock, and we got to weigh-in, and she had gained 1 gram. I'm glad she's not losing, but normally Peaches gains a ton when she's on critical care. Any tips?
Should we put a moratorium on floor times? Add pedialyte? Anything? I remember reading about rolled oats on some threads, though seeing that as controversial. Please help Peachie get her weight back on, she doesn't have much to lose :(
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"We are instructed to bring her back to the vet next week after giving her thicker critical care to bulk her up. Any other tips for weight gain?"
Is Peaches still willing to eat her CC on a plate? You could also try moistening regular pellets, and offering them to her.
In case you haven't read these links:
Critical care mix-ins thread
Critical Care and handfeeding supplements/recipes thread
Thank you so much for the links. I'm crap at searching when I need to be good at it. Tracis you are GL's google.