So Diamond has had a lot happen since this post. A few months ago we had multiple issues come through here, we lost two pigs and we almost lost Diamond as well. He presented with these symptoms:
- Loss of weight
- Burning hot to the touch
- Wedged between his house and the corner
- Unresponsive, staring off into the distance, didn't move the whole car ride or at the vet
- Unable to stand on hind legs properly, was sitting on them as if they weren't there, toes and feet bent at worrisome angles.
- Severely dehydrated... eyes were sunken into his head.
I immediately rushed him to the vet where they gave him sub-q fluids and a vitamin B & C shot and pulled blood on him. The blood work revealed that he was borderline hypoglycemic (I expected that based off of his symptoms), and he had low blood protein. We sent off a protein electrophoresis and left him at the vet overnight. I didn't expect him to make it, but he did! One of our other boys also became anemic at the time which led us to think about scurvy. Both pigs got another vitamin C shot, and the first pig made a recovery we never thought we would ever see. Diamond perked up but hasn't made a recovery. He was the runt when he was born. They were a litter of four and they all did well. All of them were small, but the other three filled out nicely and Diamond never has. The highest his weight has ever been is around 800 grams. When he went in for his yearly my vet looked at him, then the weight, then him, then the weight and then checked the record. She relaxed a bit when she saw that his weight was on point from last year, but last year he was eight or nine months old? He will be two in a few months, and his weight has been hovering around 740 grams for the past few months. He looks thin and he feels thin, but he is eating everything. I am just not sure about this... if he gets sick will he be strong enough to recover?
I can see his hip bones and his stomach isn’t big. He doesn’t have any gathered fat under his legs (I’ll admit that some of mine do). The vet has agreed that he is very skinny, but he is eating everything. I am getting an appointment today and will have the vet palpate and feel his thyroid as well.
I am having a very similar issue with my Trapper. He came from Crazy Cavies GP Rescue and he has never really gained weight either. He is 3yo male, weighs 900g when he was healthy. Now hes down to 800g and is literally skin and bones. Similarly, we have never been able to get to the bottom of why he has been chronically ill despite an ear infection that hasn't fully resolved. My vet also went out of the country for 2 weeks and the main vet is now handling his case. Like Diamond, Trapper's hips stick out and he has no meat on his bones.
Also, when Trapper won't eat or drink, I syringe him a mixture of pedialyte/water to hydrate him and work in organic baby food in addition to the Critical Care. I can't get to the vet daily for sub q fluids so this has helped nurse him back. Hope he is feeling better!
Yes, we live in Ft. Lauderdale. Trapper has always very slight but he has never been truly healthy since we adopted him. He came to us with a very severe inner ear infection that ended up as a bone infection. We thought we had that all cleared up but its been now 8 months of back and forth and not really knowing what was making him sick. So I guess because of all that, he has never really thrived. All of his brothers' who came to us underweight at 800-900g as adult piggies are now all up to 1150-1350g. I hope you are able to figure out what is ailing him. Trapper is dealing with possible lymphoma now so we are just keeping him comfortable and giving him lots of kisses! If you are interested in keeping in touch, feel free to PM me and we can exchange contact info.