Request for ARTHRITIS treatment protocols

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Post   » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:16 pm

Editing above on Lady Bug. She didn't handle the Cosequin well so stopped it. She is on a daily dose of Metacam 7.5mg/5ml. She gets 0.2ml in the morning. She moves pretty well on this dose. Occasionally will need more.


Post   » Sat Jun 27, 2009 12:20 pm

Furby ; 8years + / boar / rex

No initial signs , arthritic rear leg joint showed up on an x-ray pre stone opp last year.

Sometimes he has a swollen joint in the morning and finds it difficult to walk till I massage .

I Give no drugs / he is neutered , so he spends approx 9 hours walking round my living room making a nuisance of him self with my free range sows

I find he responds better to exercise , and will only use metacam when absolutely necessary .

Just a foot note , since he has been having extended exercise time , his impaction of 3 years has completely cleared up

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Post   » Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:14 pm

That's great to hear, gizzy. I think activity helps many humans with their arthritis.

Melody R

Post   » Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:18 pm

I took my 5-year old boar (Snickerdoodle) to the vet yesterday, totally expecting the worse.

On Wednesday, I had noticed a significant and rapid weight drop (though he is still over 1000 gms). He was also lethargic, walking funny in the hind end, peeing on himself etc. He would eat his salad (slowly) and hay but that was it, no pellets. He has always been laid back, but not THIS laid back! The change had come on seemingly overnight. No other symptoms to indicate URI. no crusties, no drooling, or anything else I could put my finger on. I notice him chewing alot on his Chube, which could indicate pain (or tooth issues).

I started feeding him CC, pedialyte, Vit C and probiotics since Wednesday when I first noticed this going on. I gave him apple pedialyte, filtered water, cranberry juice (unsweetened). From Wed to Sat he gained back 80 gms, so that was encouraging.

(FYI -- I do weigh him regularly, but this was rather rapid onset. But having his weight chart was really helpful!!!! Also, I could not get an appt at the vet for three days/Wed - Saturday due to the Christmas holidays, hence the food/liquid intervention, which I learned from HERE -- Thank you!!!!!)

She examined him thoroughly, took xrays, checked his heart, his teeth, and everything, and tested for kidney function.

He has Degenerative Joint Disease of both stifles -- in layman's terms, arthritis in both knees (hind legs). He was put on Tramadol and Meloxicam (for pain relief and anti-inflamatory) -- she said to think of him as a former football player - lol.

His heart, his teeth everything else was fine. She found one tiny stone in his urethra but it was too far up for her to get to, and is not causing any blockage at this time. The peeing on himself was because he didn't want to stand up because of his knees.

Almost by the time we drove home, he was immediately back to his old self! WOW - who would have thought!!~!!!

So - take your baby to the vet. I too was expecting euthansia, but instead I got my sweet boy back again! We go back in two weeks for a followup, but I am beside myself with joy!

Today, as I was delivering piggie salads, he was once again standing on his hind legs wheeking for his!!!!

Sometimes I think we think everything is fatal (well, me anyway). In this case, the vet hit the mark and we are doing just fine. Although there is no cure, and it may progress some, it appears he can still live out a normal life free of pain!

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Post   » Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:33 pm

I'm still reading up on this and learning. But this is as far as I've gotten.

1 - breed, age and sex of pig
S'more-Broken satin white aby, unknown (guessed at 4-5 years), male
2 - brief description of signs leading you to suspect arthritis
3 - diagnostics done and the results
Very lethargic upon arrival to rescue. Observed and thought heart pig. Took into vet for chest x-rays, found intense calcification of hind hips and knees.
4 - treatment, med and dosage
.2cc Torbugesic (10mg in VAL syrup) every other day with .08cc Meloxicam on other days. Both once a day
5 - results of treatment
Started only last week. Immediate results in greatly increased activity and awareness. He's actually a really loud guy. :)
6 - other med issues
None at this time.


Post   » Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:09 am

found intense calcification of hind hips and knees.

Do you mean excess calcification? Did the vet check for decreasinhg bone density(tiny pinholes on the bones)?

Sometimes, in satins, the calcium leaches out of the bones and ends upredistriobuted resulting in oddly shaped bones..

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Post   » Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:12 am

Thank you for the verbiage correction. In the x-ray, the joints looked, shall I say, double thick. When analyzed, the rest of his skeleton "looked" fine. Hmm, I'll have to ask her on Wednesday about that. Thank you Pinta.

For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:43 pm

1 - Celia is 5.5 years, a female and I think an American, dilute cream.

2 - she seemed stiff when walking

3 - vet watched her walk and she was sometimes pushing off with both of her back legs at the same time, indicating muscle weakness

4 - .15cc metacam daily

5 - she's more physically active, less grumpy and more affectionate with her cagemate

6 - tendency to soft poops which we treat with small doses of propulsid and by being careful with what food we give her
- cystic ovaries which responded to shots last spring
- 4 cl abscesses drained last spring, from which she recovered

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Post   » Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:11 pm

CavyCastle, there are some other bone disorders like Paget's disease where bone mass is redistributed (can be a thicker jaw).

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Post   » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:15 am

How fascinatingly interesting!! Unfortunately, I didn't have S'more when he was younger, so I have no way of comparing if his bone tissue has been remodeling correctly over time or not.

So, at this point, I need to ask the vet if there is any "decalcification" noticeable anywhere. I've been searching for pictures of guinea arthritis on GL so that I can compare those with S'mores. Know of any off hand? Aside from this, I can't think of anything I can do/research/prepare for the little guy. The anti-inflammatory is obviously helping, so that's good.

Thank you for all of your help. Would you like me to update this after I speak with my vet?

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Remembering Nemo

Post   » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:23 am

Yes, please :)


Post   » Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:50 am

Search out threads on satins and Elvis(Becky as author). Also there is a thread in reference (use Shiraz or paget's disease as search words) Lots of info to be had. Bones aren't supposed to remodel at all.

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:14 am

Here is Pinta's thread for Shiraz, with x-rays:

Becky's thread for Elvis:

Here is Salana's thread for Jackie, and his arthritis x-rays:

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3 Little Pigs

Post   » Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:34 pm

1 - Snickers, medium-haired unneutered male. Approx. 4 years old at diagnosis, currently 7.
2 - Stiffness when walking, bites when you try to touch his front legs.
3 - Dr. Crum concluded that he had arthritis during a normal checkup due to symptoms.
4 - .15mL meloxicam/day, .6mL glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement/day.
5 - Moves more comfortably and with less of a stiff gait.
6 - Bladder stones at age 5; presumed to have been passed.


Post   » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:46 am

Breed = rex
Sex = boar
Age = died at the age of 8 years and a few months

First Diagnosis , x-ray that showed a large bladder stone also showed a arthritic back leg joint . At the age of 6 years .
aprox 6 months later he developed a pronounced gait , further x-ray showed advance on previous x-ray,

Vet prescribed 3 drop 0.5 mg/kg metacam , though Vet warned due to his age it may damage his renal system .

So I only gave dose when pain was obviously present , which was seldom , as he ran free range with sows , and in his case , the exercise served better than medication . He was an extremely happy and contented pig .

I had Gizzy since early 2001 , I first weighed him in September 01 he died 4 weeks ago , he was laying on he back with his legs in the air and his incisors where fully visible .

I picked him up and to my surprise within 1 hour he was fine , and behaved as if nothing had happened , he remained fine, for 4 days still exercising with the sows , then started to shudder , and died within 1 hour.

Vet said the first seizure was a stroke , and it resulted in he death 4 days later

Flock of Piglets

Post   » Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:19 pm

1 - Mashy, 15 month old neutered male sheltie.

2 - Initially masked to us and vets by a complex set of health issues (see link below). However, in hindsight lethargy, biting his hip area, obesity, a "bunny hopping" walk, perhaps an arched back.

3 - x-ray showed small spurs of bone in the rear knee joints, more pronounced in the right than left.
4 - Initially 0.2ml metacam 1.5mg/ml but he showed signs of pain in the evenings (drug administered in the morning). Switched to 0.1ml morning and night and this suits him perfectly.

5 - Amazing difference after about a week. Increased activity after about 3 days, a week later on 0.2ml metacam daily he was running and jumping in the morning (but sore in the evening). Once we switched to 0.1ml twice daily he is very active, very playful, running, climbing, popcorning, behaving dominantly again e.g. mounting and rumblestrutting, you name it.

6 - Obesity, inability to regulate body heat. Originally rescued from a neglect case at 3 weeks old by a charity so very undernourished early in life.

Cinnabuns Legacy

Post   » Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:54 pm

We took Magellan into an exotic veterinarian's for a health exam and x rays on fifth of this month. I'm posting because already I am seeing vast improvements from when we first adopted him.

1 - breed

Our best guess based on appearance is Coronet and Abyssinian mix or longer haired Abyssinian and white crested mix.


Five years and one month.


Unneutered male.

2 - brief description of signs leading you to suspect arthritis

My fiance and I would see him doing a weird jaw pop sometimes, especially while being petted. He also wasn't as active as his surrender form claimed. I figured he had to be in some sort of pain.

3 - diagnostics done and the results
We had a basic health exam and full body x rays done. The x rays confirmed he had athritis in his spine and joints in his back legs.

4 - treatment, med and dosage
We were given metacam, .5 percent concentration. He gets .3 CC every day under direction of the exotics veterinarian.

5 - results of treatment
We are already seeing improvements. He is eating more hay and significantly more pellets, and is noticeably more active during floor time.

6 - other med issues
None as of now.


Post   » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:35 am

American, 3 yr old female

Arthritis found in her right knee. During a exotic vet exam, she reacted when the vet examined her right leg/knee. X-ray showed some arthritis in her knee.

0.25 Meloxicam 1x/day

Misuki is doing well-

Other medical issues, fatty abdominal tumors. Most removed via surgery. Biopsy showed non-cancerous.


Post   » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:22 pm

6 year old male American tri-colored guinea pig.

Pig was observerd whimpering during pooping

Was examined and xrayed which revealed
a) large bladder stone b) arthritis in spine located towards

treatment, observe urine output to monitor for blockage

metacam once daily for pain control

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Post   » Sat May 01, 2010 1:06 am

Lynx, I didn't forget! I have the x-rays, but the files are huge! Can I send them to you directly?

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