Different bags chips can be nice and fluffy, or chunky and hard. I've noticed the bigger bags have a tendency to be "fluffier" and the medium bags tend to be "chunkier".
Just remembering, whenever my pigs are on critical care? Their poops get to be really mushy and smelly. I kept a box of tissues by the pen. When I picked up the "issue pig", I would have a tissue handy to wipe off feet and rump. (I took to flusing the tissue; it was too smelly for the garbage.)
I remember that it feeding them an hour before getting an anti-biotic seemed to "upset" their stomachs less. I mean, if I gave the anti-biotic first, they ate less. (The diminished appetite was really noticable when one of my pigs was on Bactrim.)
The feeding was freshening up the pellet bowl and a new handful of hay. Plus, lots of compliments and skritches.
You're going to hate me for this, but keep your spirits up. Animals pick up on "worried vibes". But, Sierra sounds pretty happy, even feisty and a little mad at you for not giving into her desire for more veggies. Just keep encouraging her to be her happy, feisty self!
Sierra has not had veggies since Saturday when her poops were good...I wonder if I can give her a bit since the problem is obviously not from that.
She just has the worst poops ever...
Do I just keep supplementing until the abs are finished? Then see how things go?
Sorry if I am starting to ask stupid questions now...but I will risk my reputation for my pig...
I suggested bactrim to both vets (she has been to my long time vet 3 times and a specialist once) and both agreed that the bactrim being in the same class as the albon (both sulpha drugs) was not a good choice since she has been doing albon for so long
My pigs have always done better on Baytril then Bactrim.
Bactrim really seems to kill off an appetite.
If you take the pig off of Baytril before finishing the prescribed treatment, you risk making any bacteria "resistant". (Just like in people.)
I have never noticed a relationship between soft poop and an antibiotic. I had a pig on "pulse therapy" antibiotics for a year and another pig on antibiotics for 10 weeks straight for a bone infection. No soft poops.
I have noticed soft poops from Critical Care. And the poops were smelly and stuck to their feet. But, if the anti-biotic is killing off the appetite too much? You gotta keep the weight on somehow.
Do try giving Sierra fresh pellets and hay an hour before giving the antibiotic.
You know, you are doing a great job.
I mentioned her love of eating shavings so we are going to try a hay only bedding for a bit to see if that is what is causing her GI upset. When I took the shavings out and put in hay only she started to nibble on the fleece lined crinkle tunnels I have in there.
Seems she wants to eat everyhting she shouldn't.