ALSO. My vet, weirdly, suggested that in some other small animals, glucosamine had been shown to improve some of the symptoms of IC. Has anyone heard of this??
Gaaack. I hate IC.
The vet was really pleased with Purdie's progress actually. I guess because we are seeing it day by day we hadn't seen just how much better she had got in just two weeks. Her Metacam is now down to 0.15ml a day and she hardly cries at all now which is such a huge improvement! We're going to take the metacam as low as we can gradually for now. We'll also see how she does without the Septrim.
I'm going to look online for shilintong to see if that can help get rid of the last little bit of un-comfortableness for her.
All in all Purdie is doing a lot better, just a matter of trying a few different things now (lowering the metacam, getting shilintong etc) to see if we can tweak her system even better.
She is still, as ever, the happiest little piggie you could find :)
She makes a breathy noise instead, just like she's pushing out all the same amount of air that makes that enormous wheek but without the vocals. She has decided to make her normal talky noise now instead, trying to shout it as loud as she can but still making the physical efforts of trying to wheek.
It's possible she strained her vocals somehow, she is the loudest and most persistent wheeker of the herd.
All her behaviour, eating, pooping, diet, environment, energy, happiness, weight is completely normal. Nothing else has changed even a bit.
What causes should I be worrying over?
- one pig at a time.
Sorry Purdie has lost her wheeker :(
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
She's eating normally and not stretching her mouth out or anything like that, I'm pretty sure nothing is stuck.
I hadn't thought of her hearing so I tested her and that's absolutely fine as well. She actually has the best hearing of the lot, and usually leads the wheek chorus as soon as she hears anything promising in the kitchen several rooms away. It's a lot quieter in the house now :/
I'm hoping it comes back, there doesn't seem to be anything to worry about, but she did seem to love to wheek. It hardly seems fair with her being near blind, and with her interstitial cystitis to lose her wheek too!
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
Hope pretty Purdie gets her wheek back soon!
After all the health troubles I've battled through with my girlie pigs I'm not sure why this little thing got me down so much, but I'm just delighted to hear her not so dulcet tones again!
Up until the last couple of months, Purdie has been completely healthy since my last post on this thread.
She's lost a lot of weight (down from 2lb 3oz to 1lb 6oz) and her chin and front is frequently wet. Both her and Gracie have lost a little weight which I assume is down to age but with Purdie I immediately thought it was a teeth problem.
Jon took her to the vet to get her teeth checked and she was given the okay after her front teeth were filed a little. For a week or so Purdie was actually fine, not damp at all. But now the wetness is back, and I'm thinking perhaps the vet didn't check her back teeth properly (from how Jon has described it).
We're going to take Purdie back to the vets to get her back teeth checked properly, and we've been giving her extra critical care for the past couple of months to keep her weight fairly steady - she has no lack of appetite, bless.
My questions are a) if it is her back teeth and given Purdie is incredibly squirmy, does a trim require sedation? She is very light and coming up for 5 and a half years old - with very bad genes! b) if it isn't her back teeth, what else could it be?
Purdie is completely blind now (which hasn't been a problem), has interstitial cystitis (managed by diet), a growth on her eye (been there for over a year without change, doesn't bother her as she can't see), and the really bad genes of an overbred Merino pig (curly Texel x Coronet cross). Aside from all that(!) she is a happy wee thing who shrieks her head off for the evening veggies.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
Sedation is usually required by vets in the states for dental trimming. I've read here that other vets in other countries do not always use sedation.
Maybe a light(er) sedative?
I would read over the malocclusion info and see if you can get a dental xray. gl/malocclusion.html
Veterinary dentist generally do use sedation for trimming at the very least.
Hoping for the best!