Well, the sludge also irritated the urinary tract, which opened it up to a nasty infection. Bactrim was prescribed and also a diet low in oxalates.
To keep things easy, I suppose modifying all my pigs' diet wouldn't hurt.
We house three other pigs in a similar fashion. They're all quite healthy.
Becky, aren't you the source for a lot of the stones diet info? I read up on it and it seems it's geared for prevention of calcium carbonate stones. Since Princess has calcium oxalate sludge, wouldn't it make sense to limit the oxalates as well as monitoring Ca:P levels?
Anyway, she has been a lot more comfortable since beginning the Bactrim. She hasn't been squealing while peeing, and is quite happy. Except when feeding her poop soup. We're dropping off another urine sample in two weeks for a progress check. At least as far as the sludge, I probably could collect an unofficial sample and look at it to see it that's improved any.
I certainly would avoid many of the high oxalate foods, or just include very small quantities in a meal.
As we were discussing on another thread, there are vast differences in high oxalates. For example, spinach has 750 mg while escarole and endive have about 31. Both are listed as high, but obviously, on seperate ends of the spectrum.
Apparently, the important thing to do is not supersaturate any meal with too much oxalates.
I'd also strongly suggest she has a long course of Bactrim to try to "sterilize" the bladder. When Chippy's problems continued, we had her on a six week course.
Princess is doing rather well. Her weight is up approximately one ounce since treatment with Bactrim began, and she squeals a lot less while peeing. We've also made some necessary diet changes by lowering her oxalic acid intake (since she has calcium oxalate sludge). Even the gut flora's been kept nicely in check as her poops look like she's not even on AB's.
She's still her normal, bossy self.
We're still waiting for the culture results, and we are dropping off a sample for re-culturing next Friday.
Everything you need to know is there.
Yes, they squeal when you give them a subcue. I also have a pig that squeals when another pig looks at her.
You have to weigh their discomfort against the benefits and make your decision.