Despite all possible efforts and bit fingers, the nosering got swallowed.
The good part, i think, is its a cheap nosering. Aluminum. If she is like my other animals, between chewing and everything "else" the gets squished into a ball...
Bad news... she swallowed a post type nosering. I cant afford to take her to a vet right now due to some OTHER emergencies... what do I do?
She is a few months old. still small, but not tiny.
I love Daisy.. more than any "human friend" I have.. but the truth is, I couldnt even afford to take MYSELF to thedoctor when I broke my toes. Its not like I am making a choice of something over her.. but there is X amount of money. I have X. Everything beyond X (including MY OWN MEDICINE) just cant happen. I am going to go make myself some more Ramen again and feel crappy.
Realistically, a post type nose ring will not go through your pig without causing internal damage. Something will be perforated. Then bleeding and shock will set in. Then you will need to take the pig to the vet anyway, to be humanely euthanized or watch it pass at home.
Listen, we all understand being short on cash. Call the vet and tell them what has happened and see if they are willing to work with you. Many vets will set up a payment plan for people who are hurting financially. The other option might be to see if there is a rescue in your area who might be willing to take the pig in and get it the medical care it needs.
The thing we DON'T want to see happen is that this pig is left to suffer due to lack of funds while you just sit and feel bad. You don't want that to happen, we know that! So, you need to make some decisions to prevent that from happening. It's part of being a responsible pet owner. I'm sure if anyone else can think of any other solution, they will come on and say.
I don't have experience with internal earring puncture, but Piggie Crocket went into shock and was probably miserable seconds before her death. I was lucky she was at the vet at the time, so the Dr was able to, um, make it stop, but still. Sounds like something I don't want to have to see first hand.
Please take some time to evaluate your piggie's surroundings.
Are there large, heavy objects on the walls next to or above your piggies cages? All it takes is the rumble of a truck outside to vibrate the wall and cause a heavy object to fall right onto your little creature.
Do you leave the plastic bags just a little too close to the grids on their cage sometimes? They love to eat...nearly everything!
Do you hold them and snuggle while you're wearing a crocheted sweater or set them down on a knitted afghan? No matter how well-groomed their nails are, they can abruptly run and get a nail caught in the holes of our garments and linens.
Are your electrical, cable or telephone lines running out of the wall where you allow them floortime? Please don't think that because "they have always been permitted to be around those, they don't bother them and nothing's ever happened" that it won't. Piggies chew. Piggy mouths are wet. Live wires are dangerous.
I'm sure others can think of more hazzards, but please think about these things. It can save your piggy from unforeseen tragic circumstances. Most of the time, we never think it can happen to us...
NONE of them but one will consider payment arrangements. That one said basically.. sure, if yu can come up with a chunk up front.
To the people asking questions.. here is what the guinea piggy vet in birmingham said:
First off, he said panicking on this isn't going to matter.
IF it perforated, depending on where, he would do either a scope, or surgery, to fix it.
Given the size of the ring, it wouldnt perforate enough not to have symptoms FAR before it causing an issue.
However.. he said that given her size, she is big enough to pass it without it hurting her. Feed her lots of roughage and fiber, and watch her droppings. If she hasn't passed it by tomorrow afternoon, bring her in for an xray. They would try to work with me on payments, assuming i could come up with part of it tomorrow.
I decided not to get my meds refilled tonight so I could get her whatever was needed tomorrow. I am disabled due to a chronic pain illness, and Daisy keeps me sane, quite honestly. Shes my constant companion.
He said he felt the probability of her not passing it on her own, or if hurting her was extremely low, and that he had treated many animals (including cavys) that had eaten things they shouldnt.
So far.. she is happily munching on hay, eating carrots left and right, and playing, drinking lots of water.
He also basically said.. if by in the morning, she is acting normal, we are probably in the clear.
Oh and... no to the credit cards. Don't have any family other than equally broke husband, and my mom, who is going to try to help me on this. God love her, she already helps out alot.. i feel sick asking her. But... this IS the woman that had back surgery on a 15 year old weenie dog. The dog is now 18, and still very mobile.. and 3 other dogs.. and 2 cockateils.. and a parrot... yeah, she loves animals.