I have that feeling that she is going. I'm not sure I want to put her through the stress of a vet visit with x-rays and whatnot. Not sure what anything would accomplish at this point. In holding her today, she was doing some of those preliminary twitchy spasms which I have never seen a pig recover from.
Lucy was our second pig and the one that was responsible for starting the rescue. I really think she is just at her time. Wondering what others have experienced as an older pig shuts down and if I should try giving her some Meloxicam or other pain meds.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Rosie did that twitchy thing twice. Once it was his teeth and we were able to save him and give him some more happy healthy months with us, and once was when he went into heart failure and we put him to sleep.
I am sorry. I hope she will rest comfortably and that you will be okay.
- Little Jo Wheek
I would also consider supplementing with extra favorite veggies and even Critical Care slurry with additives (ground flax/flax oil?) to encourage eating. The omega 3's and 6's in the flax are natural arachadonic acid inhibitors, which are the molecules that preclude pain prostaglandins. I have used flax with several of my oldies and it only seems to help. Plus it adds some calories.
I have a call in to Dr. N. Will discuss it with him tomorrow. She stresses very easily and doesn't like attention. Never has. Her second litter was a horrible experience for her at the vet and I'm just reluctant to put her through more of that unless I can be sure of a good reason for it.
B12? Where do I get that and how and how much?
edit, I'll get Flax stuff tomorrow
- Little Jo Wheek
I would expect any well-stocked feed store to carry injectable stuff. I believe both the B-12 and B vits are OTC.
Maybe $3-4 a bottle at the most (100 mls+). The vet can also order some. I like to add Vitamin C injectable to fluids as well. That is also relatively inexpensive (similar price), but I have yet to see it in most feed stores. It needs to be kept cool, has a short shelf life, and really has very little use in other animals.