Both Oreo (my heart pig) and Doodle (who probably has the cyst) had x-rays yesterday. They were both so gassy that the doctor couldn't see anything but puffed-up digestive organs in their x-rays, so we have to de-gassify them for a retake next week. We have medication, but we also need to incorporate a diet change, and it will probably be a long-term one.
In order to reduce their gassiness, the doctor told me to eliminate all fruits, including tomatoes and peppers, as well as sugary veggies like carrots from their diet. They are in general revolt right now about that, but I'm sure they'll get used to it. I'm trying to make it up to them by getting them a yummy variety of leafy greens, but I'm sure there are some of those I should stay away from, too. Cabbage, I'm assuming, is one of them. But are there others?
- one pig at a time.
I have been experimenting with their diet now for about five to six months and that is the best solution that I personally have come up. I do suppliment my senior pigs on this "special diet" with critical care once a day, and Boris (who is going through a rough time and can only eat smaller amounts) twice a day. Everyone has mantained their weight.
I will be curious to see others answers on this as well.
- Wheekness for Pigs
PitterPatter, I love your icon! Do your pigs groom eachother's ears a lot? It's so cute when I've caught mine doing it.
They couldn't find anything wrong with her so I'm figuring it was a an upset tummy or bad case of gas, thankfully she's back on track and pooing everywhere as normal :).
I'm eliminating broccoli from her diet she gets rather alot and I don't think she'll really miss it.
I do spoil her with apple also SHE LOVES IT and I lie down and she runs up to my chest to get it but I think I also give her too much of that, so I'll be very sparing with it . She gets a small cherry tomato per day but I'm gonna cut this back to once or twice a week. Won't stop the bell peppers tho as I grow miniature ones especially for her in the garden.
Along with leafy greens fresh grass, hay, pellets and moderate
"non gassy veges" hopefully she never have a pooing problem again
Hope your piggys are forever gas free ;)
I would completely eliminate all cabbage and it's relatives. Relatives of cabbage include but are not limited to: broccoli/broccalini, brussel sprouts, bok choy, and kale.
For me it's easiest to severely reduce the diet until the system returns to normal and then slowly re-introduce foods to see what does and does not cause issues.
- Sewing for a Cause
One thing I have noticed, like with us humans, if they get a certain kind of food on a daily to bi-daily basis, it doesn't seem to get them gassy like it would another. For us, it's helped to give them smaller portions and wider varieties.
Signs of gas I notice; fur is fluffed out and not moving around much. Passing gas can be heard when holding them or close to cage, and smelled! Also can notice how they are laying, if they look uncomfortable, not laying like usual, moving rear end to release air. Ever try a massaging mat? Helps them sometimes with no harm and feels good for ya both.