Past few weeks -- She still hasn't seemed to gain the weight back. Was eating great, hay pellets and veggies daily. For the past week, she has had some trouble passing feces. She does not seem in pain when defecating, but the poop pellet will just stick around half-way out of her bum for a little bit before actually falling out. Seemed a little strange to me, but she was eating great and active so I decided to monitor.
Fast forward to last night (8/13) and now (Puddin') is lethargic and hardly pooping. I really noticed it because I picked her up and she had stringy poo trailing from her bum. It looked like a strand of beads. I gave her .2 ml of olive oil (reading on here that it can help move things through) as well as about 6ml of critical care. Before going to bed, I saw about 8 normal looking moist poops behind where she was sitting.
This morning, I was watching her for a while before doing more CC, and she did have a long trip at the water bottle. I was relieved to see her drinking. I put fresh hay in the cage and she ate some for about 5 minutes. I then proceeded to give her 6 more ml of CC (about all she will take before getting super fussy).
I am just not sure where to go from here. She isn't herself, but she's also not in a critical state. I am not totally convinced I need to take her to a vet, and the stress of the visit alone is something I do not think she can afford at this age and little weight. I was thinking of picking up some Bene-Bac at lunch today to add to our CC feeding routine. Any pointers would be greatly helpful.
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Stringy poop isn't an indicator that olive oil is needed. It's an indicator that something is wrong in the GI tract, but backed-up poop isn't it.
I'd get her to a vet. Motility drugs early in a GI upset can prevent a very serious situation farther down the road.
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It's very hard to get an adult pig to gain weight. But if the pig is healthy and has a good diet, they'll put it on very slowly unless they're seniors. In that case, maybe not. You can sprinkle a few rolled oats on the veggies -- that may help a bit with weight gain.
I see bums with half a poop showing fairly frequently around here. I never thought it was anything unusual.