As when I had one of my pigs x rayed for a bladder stones the vet said that he had arthritis in his both back knees and they looked like chipped pieces of bones, as when I first saw the xray I thought he did have stones as they looked like stones near his knees,they were only visible on the side view xray and he is now on metacam twice a day.
The vet a saw was a cavy vet.
I didnt know that he had arthritis but i did notice that he did sometimes 'bunny hop' rather than walk 'normally'. I was also told this maybe the reason why he was squeaking whilst weeing and now he has improved being on the metacam, but still has some occasions when he squeaks but not every day.
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No vet in Belgium treats arthritis so far, so had to resort to non toxic herbal medication, which took some research. Recalculated the human dosage on the wrapper to piggie dosages, according to Bibi's weight. Dissolved in water.
Dr. Vogel: Altrosan (Harpagophytum), especially for arthritis pain treatment.
Dr. Vogel Alchemilla + glucosamine: it supposes to repair the damage arthritis causes.
The minimal amount I can make lasts about 14 days in the fridge, then it needs replacement.
Within 2 hours of the first dosage, I saw her run at rocket speed again, couldn't believe my eyes. She popcorns again too. She hasn't shown any problem since I started the herbs. I can still raise the dosage if I have to, I started with the minimal dosage.
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I kept giving her a minimal dosage for about 11 months till her death.
- a little exercise every day. Not much, but enough to make him get up and move around at least twice a day.
- a bath in the bathtub one a week. About 2 - 2.5 inches of warm water. It helps him to walk around in the bathtub, and he needs it to keep clean from sitting in pee.
- Vet recommended Dasaquin, for cats. He won't take it in food (as it is fish-flavored), but he does take it mixed with Critical Care, in a syringe and given orally. It is glucosamine and does help, if given every day.
- Vet also gave a perscription for Gabapentin, orally. I have only given this to him once, so I don't know how good it is or if it helps.
- No weight loss and appitite seems good.
- Hope this is helpful to others with senior piggies.
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My Winnie is now 8 yrs + 7 months old and lately has been really wobbley, leaning, back legs giving out, not wanting to walk much. She's on daily metacam but I don't know that it's helping (and am nervous to increase dose, which may affect kidneys). Haven't tried cosequin but just asked my vet about it. Sounds like it takes a while before helping, and not sure we have a while to wait and see! Not ready to euthanize her, but this week she's been struggling for sure.
2 - She had started walking strangely with her back legs, they looked kinda bow legged, also stopped being so active/using ramps in her cage.
3 - Xray showed arthritis in her hips and knees.
4 - Metcam every 2 - 3 days (we can bump up to daily, but started off slow since the arthritis is not too bad)
5 - First day on dosage, no progress yet.
6 - None.
Himi/sheltie cross. Male, roughly 6 years old. I can only estimate his age as he was a rescue.
2 - brief description of signs leading you to suspect arthritis
Slight bunny hopping at playtime and damp hair around the groin area (possibly not moving whilst urinating and/or not grooming properly).
3 - diagnostics done and the results
Vet examined his hips - they almost locked when she extended his hind legs.
4 - treatment, med and dosage
We're starting with 0.3ml metacam daily and will consider Rimadyl in the near future.
5 - results of treatment
Not started treatment yet, only just got him home and did a search here for cartrophen (aka Rimadyl).
6 - other med issues
Impaction and interstitial cystitis.
2 - She was hopping on back legs but didn't show any other signs
3 - xray showed hips have severe arthritis
4 - Medacam, .1 BID, but upped to .35 BID because of other issues (below)
5 - Seems happier and running around a lot more! She actually has less sludge in her bladder now since she's more active!
6 - Arthritis was most likely caused by severe lack of vitamin C (she was a rescue). She also has pretty bad elongated roots that cause the worst drooling I've ever seen. She has no fur left on her feet and her ears are covered in crusty greens. She started at .1 medacam BID but I continued to increase until the drooling got better at .35 BID.
She also has CL but has only had one abscess from it under the chin. She is also a lumpy pig and has a lot of lumps that have been confirmed as lipomas. They're not bugging her so we leave them alone.
2 - Didn't move around a lot, didn't like being picked up. Sister's diagnosis lead us to get an xray
3 - Had xrays done and has severe arthritis on hips as well as mid spine
4 - Started on .1 medacam BID, moved up to .35 BID (see below)
5 - Doing very, very well. She's large, 1320g, but is now moving around a lot!
6 - Has elongated roots just like her sister but not as bad (the reason for a higher medacam dose). Had 2 golf ball sized cysts on ovaries and a cancerous lump (but didn't spread). She also had a bladder stone almost pass a couple weeks ago (1/4 inch from being out). Vet was able to pull out and took 1.2ml vibramycin BID for 2 weeks.
2 - difficulty in jumping
3 - we made x-ray and there was a stone that was expelled the same day, no other stones were formed
4 - metacam 0.1 ml for 3-4 days when she is in pain
http://www.pernaton-uk.com/PernatonCapsules.aspx (half capsule/ day)
arnica comp heel (half capsule every 12 hours)
5 - homeopathy and movement are helping a lot
Now she holds the legs more relaxed than before
here an old photo
6 - only ovarian cysts when she was 2 years old