As soon as he landed he started to squeal and wouldn't stop.
He started dragging one foot. I picked him up and gently touched his back legs and he made no noise or any movement.
When he was put back in the cage, he was dragging both his rear legs.
We spoke to a vet and then took him to one, who examined Jack and gave him a injection (think it was an anti-inflammatory). The vet didn't think that Jack had broken anything from what he could feel.
He said to give Jack 48 hours to see if there was an improvement, if not then take him back.
As of today, he is not better and isn't eating much apart from little bits of cucumber and carrot. He won't come out of his hiding hole and will only drink if the water bottle is held to him. He also will eat lots of hay.
We are unfortunately very short of money (this may not come out right) and we don't want to spend money on him if he isn't going to get better or prolong his suffering. We are eligible for PDSA help but don't know if it's worth applying for if he's not going to improve.
So, don't really know what to do. We are going to take him back to the vets tomorrow.
Your vet may not have -thought- there was anything, but an X-RAY is essential to rule it out. Piggies are delicate and even low falls can cause breaks or even be fatal.
Please get an x-ray done, there might be subtle break in the legs that's causing the pain and discomfort. Breaks can heal in time.
And also your piggie is probably frightened out of its mind. Dropping one may be accidental but they've just been hurt because of it, they're in pain and vulnerable. This is terrifying.
Please, please get an X-ray.
I am in Ware tomorrow evening and Sat morn so could pick him up from you and take him up to Vedra.
Is he a lone pig or does he has a companion?
PM me with your number if you want to talk through the options.
If you've been at that vet for a long time and are in good standing is it possible to work out a payment plan? I know years ago when our cat required emergency 900.00 surgery we were allowed to go on a payment plan. Normally vets are very good about these kinds of things, as long as you're in good standing with them!
Jack went to Vedra on Saturday afternoon. The x-ray reveals no break or dislocation and Jack has full bowel and bladder control.
He does not appear to be in any pain but the back leg paralysis prevails so we are thinking nerve damage (brusing and/or entrapment).
I shall be colleting him sometime this week whereafter he will be coming to stay with me for some therapy and observation over the next few weeks/months, depending on progress.
I intend to keep that progress updated here and will get some pictures up once he's settled a little.
He's a lovely chap and I am keeping everything crossed that his condition will improve over time.
- Poop Obsessed
We had his X-rays reviewed and the vet is of the same opinion that there is no break.
I am waiting for a massager to arrive - Vedra didn't want to discharge him until I could continue the treatment. All being well that should arrive end of week and I'll pick him up at the weekend.
Vedra reports that he's doing well on his pain killers and massages, eating, drinking and eliminating normally.
Have warned my stinkers he's coming and they're to be on their best behaviour. Got the impression they weren't terribly impressed.
He looks to have lost a little weight although that's just from sight as I didn't weigh him before delivering him to Vedra.
He is tucking in to a pile of fresh grass and then we're off again.
I am enormously grateful to Hilary who is going to ministering to Jack's every need during the week whilst I am at work. Thankfully, he will only have to put up with my fumblings at the week-ends.
He has a 20 day course of steroids and will be receiving massage therepy.
I will dig out the camera and get some photos posted as soon as I'm able.
He is able to pull himself along with his front legs and is pretty damn fast.
I cannot though convince myself that he is entirely without some discomfort only because his eyes are not fully round.
I am looking forward to getting to know and understand his needs better.
I'm not doing too much to him tonight, such as weighing him, there will be plenty of time for that tomorrow. However, he is clearly not eating enough and is only producing mouse size droppings. He has had a little Critical Care from me tonight, as well as some water with Vit C in it. He has eaten some hay for himself, and odd bits of veg, but nowhere near enough. I'll get up during the night, once he has had some rest, and try him with more, later.
He is in a cage near my pigs, and I will rearrange things tomorrow so he may be able to see them better. My girls have had a peep at him, through the bars, but he isn't bothered with the ladies at the moment.
One thing BamBam and I were discussing; it looks very much as if he is unable to eat his "special poops". Any advice on how best to deal with that? He is still on steroids, but no true pain relief as such. We don't want to hurt him, but obviously, he needs to be eating them, as well as getting some food into himself.
- You can quote me
That said, he may need a mild narcotic. Tramadol may help him. In a low dose I think it can be given indefinitely.
Cecotropes: best way to accommodate for them is to take cecal droppings from your healthy girls, mix them with a little water and syringe. Final droppings will help too, although not as much.
If that's just a bit over the top, and/or if your girls will not part with their production, try supplementing with a little vitamin B. I use these:
Not sure if they are available in the UK, but worth a search
Try to avoid using human B complex. Many of them have tens of thousands of times the RDA for a human, because there's no known ill effect from them. In guinea pigs, though, we've had gas problems from using even a tiny fraction of the megadose ones.
Retinol (As Vitamin A Palmitate) 1333 IU,
Ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2) 400 IU,
Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1) 0.4mg,
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 0.8mg,
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6) 0.8mg,
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 40mg.
I only have a few minutes so I can't compare with the Baby B's but will take a look tonight.