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You only picked up the Bactrim yesterday, right? Give it time to work. If it's not an infection, it won't work, and then you can try something else, or see the vet later.
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I think they may be better off to continue with these pellets until you can replace them. Just make sure that she is getting enough fluid to flush out the excess calcium and salt. Maybe syringe some water to her. Also make sure that your water is not also high in calcium. You are right in that she will need her extra padding, especially if there is an illness.
Is this what your talking about?
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Hard, marbly rocks => granite. Not much calcium.
Soft, white, sometimes even crumbly rocks => limestone. VERY high in calcium.
I know nothing about the geology of your area, but if you go online and find something out about it, in general (and this is NOT a hard and fast rule by any means, but in general), areas of the country that are high in limestone (Chicago area, Austin, Texas area) will have municipal water high in calcium (actually, calcium carbonate). Areas underlain by granite (like Atlanta) have much less calcium carbonate in the water.
Ditto the advice you have received. Don't pull the pellets until you can replace them.
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If the stuff you are wiping off is making HER uncomfortable, that's one thing. If the stuff you are wiping off doesn't seem to bother her in the slightest -- if she is behaving, eating, drinking, urinating and defecating normally -- even if it makes YOU feel bad for her -- then don't worry about it (have a beer! ;-) and call the vet this week.
- LS in AK
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Meganmarie, you are doing fine with all of this. It is normal to worry when our pets fall ill. I would go so far as to say it is healthy to worry, because that can prompts us to educate ourselves about the condition and then provide proper treatment -- which is exactly what you are doing.
That said, taking care of yourself is important, so you can take care of Ginger-pig.
Just keep giving her meds and wiping off the pee so she is dry and take it one day at a time, with the understanding that not all conditions resolve right away. Pace yourself, and be prepared for the long haul here, but don't burn yourself out over it (if that makes sense). If you are just dealing with a UTI, then great -- care for it, clear it up, and move on. But if you have a Ca-challenged sludge pig, you may be running through trial and error with diet and husbandry and responding to disturbances here and there for quite awhile. Don't want your head to pop off before you are done needing to use it :-/
I cast a vote for the Brita filter, too.
I need to just keep my cool and keep on trucking...today(with 3 full days on meds), i've only had to wipe her once, in the morning, and it wasn't bad at all. Just a little...dampness. I've also started cleaning their cage extra(2 times a day instead of 1). I think i will look into the brita's. : )
GPIG, i know exactly what your talking about. Thankfully, That happened in northeastern Pennsylvania, and i'm in the Southwest corner(fracking caused gas to leak into peoples wells and the water bed, causing their water to become toxic, and be able to be lite of fire. yikes!). Right now, fracking only needs to be about 500 feet from housing, or important structures. We're trying to get a law that says they have to be at least 1000 feet away. As far as i know, there is no fracking happening by me.