- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
How wonderful that your vet was able to help Moody!
If you don't mind, how did your vet find (and remove) the plastic? Was it a dental-type exam?
- I GAVE, dammit!
I'm really interested to hear how the vet found that also!Seems that there was a tiny bit of plastic lodged in the far back of his mouth that was difficult to see and did not show on x-rays, which caused his wheezing, failure to eat properly, and repeated infections.
What an unusual thing to happen.
I should try to slip this in somewhere. Might encourage a vet to examine the throat closely if wheezing was heard (we need to figure out where this should go).
The vet did a frontal sinus x-ray and while he was prepping Moody, he noticed the plastic lodged in his mouth. We had previously had molar x-rays and had had a dental exam, but the vet did not locate the plastic at that time. Previous x-rays of his chest had been clear, but his symptoms were very peculiar as you can tell by this thread. His heart x-rays had shown a possible enlarged heart, but not definitively and we did not have a well-pig base-line. While lasix and anti-biotics seemed to help, it could be that the obstruction wasn't always in the worst position all the time. Certainly, Moody had times when he appeared ready to die on us and had to be hand fed for several weeks, several times.
Moody's wheeze was variously described as a nasal or throat wheeze (not a lung wheeze). Perhaps if your pig has these symptoms, the vet should examine closely for a foriegn object - especially if teeth, lungs and heart appear healthy.
Let's hope that this is last post about Moody for many long and happy years to come. Our other two pigs, Chiqui and Valentine are also happy that their buddy is well.
Thanks so much for all the help and moral support too.
Otherwise, moody and valentine are both doing well. Valentine has done well with cranberry juice added to his diet to dissolve or to help prevent the small bladder stones that were irritating him earlier. I think the extra vitamin C hasn't hurt either.
Both are bit too fat after having gotten a little thin. I guess I need to watch the treats.
I miss my Chiqui though.
My question is this: Moody seems to have high acid urine and feces which are occassionally soft which is irritating the skin on the bottom of his back feet. I am having to bathe him frequently (every couple of days with an oatmeal bath). I was wondering if it is safe to use vaseline to protect his feet.
Moody's x-rays showed a very large stone. My vet said there is only a small chance that the dietary changes will reduce the stone, but he has seen in it in a handful of cases over the years. I was willing to try this for four weeks, provided that Moody didn't get worse. I don't know why he is getting these nasty sores on his foot, except it seems to be related to his urine/feces - this is new. I will bring it up with his vet.
Moody is in some pain - more some days than other days. When I asked about pain relief the vet indicated that they might compromise his already taxed kidneys.