Is it us or what? Did we anger the piggy Gods?
Anyway, her name is Nibbler, a 6 month old sow (roughly, we're not a 100%, but weight indicates 5-6 months old). She's had a litter of 4, 3 months ago at the rescue we got her from. No other health problems apart from lice which she got treated for.
We only just discovered a massive lump between her right shoulder/leg and her head. It's roughly 1,5" long and feels hard, but it's mobile. We're guessing it's the same as Squee had.
So my question atm is, can she have metronidazol at such a young age?
She currently weighs a little over 600 grams.
We have looked up exotics vet in the area we'll be staying in case of an emergency. We'll be back next week Thursday and can then look into getting it looked at closer by our regular vet.
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Good news however is that the lump has still been shrinking as we were on 'holiday'. my other sow who was losing weight has even stopped losing weight in that time and needs no more force feeding! The country side does everyone a lot of good :)
Anyway, we're about to phone the vet (we came back last night) to take Chewie (she has Ovarian cysts/cystitis) & Nibbler in asap.
Luckily Nibbler's lump is much smaller now, the size of a big pea when beforehand it was more like a dried apricot.
Go little Nibbler!
Another nice thing is that she is really clingy to me now, even the vet said that Nibbler was close to me.
Awww didn't know she cared! ;)
I'm almost afraid to ask, but Nibbler keeps on making an odd movement with her mouth. She'll stick her nose in the air whilst "chewing" with her mouth open and poking her tongue out, like something is stuck? the vet said her teeth were perfect and I can't feel any abnormalities on her jaw/face, but when I feel around that area she does that movement.
I know squee did a similar thing when she had her abscess, is it related? does it really interfere with their mouths that much?
We'll be at the vets again next week and get her soft pellet checked out & of course anything else the vet thinks should be checked.
She eats normally & is chirpy, wheeks at a good volume too.
We'll see what comes up!
But.. all the time she's been on ABs she hasn't gained any weight. Even the lady at the rescue commented on her looking terribly slim.
Could this be because of the metronidazol? When should I expect to see her weight go up again? She's been off it since a week.