I guess it depends on how serious the URI is. Of course, as you already know it, putting a pig with a URI under is less than ideal, but if he can't eat, that's less than ideal, too. So it's your call, but I think I would give him a few days to get a little better (handfeed like crazy and do subcues) and then have his teeth trimmed. Of course, it depends on how bad the tethh thing is.
I also think I should stick with the Baytril. Bactrim for a URI doesn't sound right to me.
CP, he needs full dentals, will Dr. Lyon do that without bloodwork? Because I'm not hauling him all the way up there for another ordeal.
I put him in his pigloo and he cleaned himself then sat there. I leaned in and placed my finger straight out about 6 inches from his face. He crept forward and smelled it. Then I took a piece of romaine and did the same thing. He walked right out and took it.
I don't think he is blind. It has to be wrong. But why else wouldn't his pupils retract from light?
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Your pig probably runs around the vegetables to figure out how much he has or something.
Your finger and romaine lettuce smell, especially at six inches.
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Run your finger under his bottom jawbone, from his mouth back to his jaw hinge. Angel had root elongation and she had 2 bumps on each side where the root from the back molar had penetrated the jawbone. Use another pig for comparison if you need to.
Also, each time Angel had her teeth worked on, her right eye would water. That was because the upper root had penetrated the eye socket.
Witherspoons might not have these bumps, pigs can have root elongation that is not as severe as Angel's were.
It's just a thought. I don't think without the rads you will really know. I'm so sorry you are having trouble with him.
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He will know you're coming with veggies, raise up and sniff the air, and sometimes will even walk right past stuff unless you shove it right in front of his face. He will turn circles around and around something until you poke him with it. Then he settles down to eat. I don't think he can smell all that great, either.
Chary, I have used both Bactrim and Baytril on URIs. It all depends on what the bug is. Chloramphenicol, we've only used once with Tigger's ear infection/pneumonia, so I can't say "Yeah, that works great for all URIs" or anything. It did penetrate pus. Tigger also got Lasix and O2 because he was so congested he was having mini-seizures from lack of oxygen. Perhaps you can get some Lasix for Witherspoon to relieve some of his congestion? If you do subcues, won't that counteract any dehydration?
Becky, that was Bea. Wither is the fluffy white Texel in the kitchen.
KM, his right eye is watering and his head is tilting to the right. That's exactly what has me concerned, along with the scissor bite.
My plan of action is to bulk him up over the weekend with Critical Care and fluids and give him ABs. Then on Monday I will take him to my regular vet for skull rads and a molar planing.
Depending on what the skull rads show, I can take him back to this other clinic and insist on dental rads despite having no bloodwork. Either the skull rads or the dental x rays can be sent around for second opinions.
I don't want to have to have him sedated twice, but my vet doesn't do rodent dental x rays and this other vet--I don't trust her to plane the teeth. A fine mess. If the right vet had the right equipment, this wouldn't be such a problem.
Or does anyone think I should take him in immediately for the molar trim or the dental rads?
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