Poop Soup Talk (Talishan, and fellow pooper scoopers) ~ I think today I've pulled out more poops for him to eat than a pig pulls out of his/her own butt. He approves, and is looking for my hand before I'm even halfway there :)
bpatters, yes, we are considering this, and am nervous with his age and lack of interest in the syringe (he's been practicing, but not taking to it still, all is my effort right about now unless he is really liking a juice. Am thinking his mouth is smaller possibly and he just is having a hard time accepting, of all of them, would not have thought it would be him, he who has loved critical care on spoon all his life). I know this surgery, for younger girls. Their Mom was up with me on facebook asking (because I had one girl post-op earlier that day to help them), "Do you think she is going to make it?" Really, I could not answer that. It was really that worrisome. I think alot of it was the buprenorphine at first, but this carried on for days even after bup was d/c'd. I know Nutter has will with certain things, but is very passive with other things (almost like a sandbag when you move him). I don't know what this says about his ability to fight after surgery and accept feedings enough to actually swallow vs spit out. So am nervous about the concept. Will have to have a cardiac eval as well. And am not sure who we would use for a surgeon, who would have the best success. I would prefer gas anesthesia for him if we have to go this route. Right now, though, am trying to give him as much comfort as possible. I wonder if metacam is enough? If his organs are okay to continue with it (we haven't had a chem panel or any bloodwork on him through his life). Does this act as a thinner and allow more bleed (I think it does)? Alot of thoughts going through my head right now, trying to do what is in his best interest that will be his least amount of suffering. Have read different thoughts from people going through it with their pigs, very mixed. I think it's hard enough when they're younger with this surgery, though age is not always as much a factor if they are overall healthy enough for a surgery. Will plays a role. We may have ultrasound to check heart first. Trying to keep his immune system up, good rest, peaceful and happy moments with the others, enjoyment with his foods/grass, exercise, stable weight, so if we get to a point we need to do this he will be as prepared as possible.
I gave him his metacam early at 11:30p, previously given 1p, but don't know what else we can do right now if he's not swallowing or going for things on his own. Am going to try to pick him up again to feed. He's been grunting and pushing alot more today, the same way he was when trying to push out poops. The stone may be causing him discomfort, though am not seeing obvious blood, just a couple of tiny dots of blood seen early. He is also slightly wobbly and protesting more when his legs are moved on feeding pillow.
What else can be done if he's not taking in food and actually swallowing? He looks exhausted, but not sure that he's preparing to leave us. But am worried this could happy. His incisors are even. I believe his molars were checked 3wks ago and he was eating well enough yesterday.
I thought this was a pretty common med, so long as blockage was ruled out. We were given it in the past, clients have a good amount of this on hand incase needed. One uses it regularly now.