Ack! Why did Jackie lose weight?

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 2:29 am


Shortly before Einstein died, Jackie weighed 3 pounds. With everything, I haven't been keeping up on weighing. Tonight I noticed that his back seemed a little bony, so I weighed him, and he was down to 2 pounds 9 ounces. Ack! I know I should have been keeping up over the past 2 months. Jackie lives next to, but not with, the ladies, in a 2x2 section of a cage.

He is not having any symptoms of illness, other than a few sneezes and possibly some more lethargy. He's still stuffing his face, pooping copiously, and hitting on the ladies. He talks more than he used to before losing his brother. His butt is extra-foul lately, with tons of ball zits and glands full of revolting yellowish goop. I want to get him neutered, both for his social life and the hope of fixing his butt problems, but I don't know why he's losing weight.

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JaneDoe

Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 3:12 am


I think Jackie is almost three?

Pippin/Thunder lost weight after Lightning died. Then I made the mistake of stuffing him.

I would see a vet, but I'm sure he'll be okay.

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whittibo

Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 5:04 am


I don't have any advice, just good wishes for Jackie.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:12 am


Well, you know to look for signs of malocclusion. Does there seem to be any pain or discomfort? Sounds like he needs his butt cleaned on a regular basis. Maybe the pores are getting blocked up causing the sebaceous cysts?

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snowflakey
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Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:46 am


Poor Jackie. With Einstein gone, it is tempting to attribute his weight loss to that. Did he eat Einey's pellet mash? Maybe he isn't consuming as much fattening food if he was stealing those treats.

Good luck with stink-butt.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 12:00 pm


He is not having any symptoms of illness, other than a few sneezes and possibly some more lethargy.
That's a lot of weight to lose. Has he been checked for heart issues, I wonder?

Robyn3939
Lethal Lover

Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 8:16 pm


I agree with Snowflakey....maybe Jackie is slimming down because he's not hogging all of Einy's food anymore.

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:01 pm


He ate Einy's food all the time. In fact, I used to have to pull Jackie out of the cage at Einy's mealtimes so he wouldn't steal it all.

He doesn't act like he's in pain. He spends most of his time gnawing on the grids trying to impress his mother.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:08 pm


Poor boy - he's probably missing his buddy. And his food :-p

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dgarriques
Got Pigs?

Post   » Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:16 pm


Ahhh I think Jackie misses little Einstein. Just as we all do. Maybe the food Einstein was eating was keeping Jackies weight up. Please keep us updated. I hope Jackie feels better soon.

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:03 am


Well, Jackie's been holding his weight steady for the past couple of months. However, I'm really concerned about all his butt zits. It seems like every pore is full of stinky whitish paste, making for a lumpy testicular landscape.

Has anyone else seen such pervasive butt zits?

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:10 am


He also has a bump on his skin right in front of his left hind leg. The skin isn't discolored and the bump doesn't have any clear demarcation, but he struggles when I feel it. It's firm but not hard, and definitely on the skin.

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lisam

Post   » Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:06 am


Did you ever decide to get him neutered? I don't know if it would have any effect. Is it an immune system thing? Have you ever had any of the pus/discharge biopsied? Can you show us a photo?

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:27 am


I've been having money problems. Hopefully if I get this new job I'm applying for I'll have enough money to get him fixed and have a vet look at the butt zits.

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:57 pm


I take it these are like Snowflake's butt zit? Jeeps. No idea what would slow it down. I take it none are infected?

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:51 pm


By Snowflake's butt zit, do you mean the trichofolliculoma? These are more like ordinary whitehead zits. The only difference is that there doesn't seem to be any covering over the white "head", and, when squeezed gently, they squirt out large amounts of butt-smelling white stuff with the consistency of toothpaste. Jackie does not like this.

He also has the zits with runnier yellow stuff that smells fouler. These are inside his anal sac and more closed off, while the white ones are more on the outside, and less closed off (the white ones are less like gunk filling a space, and more like gunk oozing out a hole perpetually; the yellow ones are more like gunk filling a space). The white ones are especially prevalent in the skin folded up around his penis.

Gosh, Jackie's butt sounds like a circus of horrors, doesn't it? I cleaned it today so pictures wouldn't show it as clearly.

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Brimstone
For Rocky

Post   » Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:42 pm


Rocky had about 3-5 "butt zits" at any given time. I used to press hot compresses to them to clean them out. Vets looked at his butt several times and weren't too concerned, except for the one time his anal gland openings were clogged. That time they hot packed the gland openings.

Have you seen the section on the Impaction page where I explain how I used to clean Rocky's butt? I found a warm water flush to be better for cleaning him out than mineral oil and QTips. That page also contains lovely, full-color photos of poor Rocky's butt - alas that's his legacy to the world!

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:56 pm


Salana, have you ever heard of the things humans use to suck out black heads? A tube that creats a vacuum I think and presses on the outside of it? I wonder if it would help him and be less painful. I don't know exactly what they look like or where you'd get them but hopefully someone knows what I mean. I'll bet a warm butt soak would help soften things up.

Yeah, Snowflakes seemed to be more inside and the cap of skin came off revealing the stuff inside. There is a link somewhere of a vet removing a sebaceous cyst. One of the keys in the description was also surgically removing the lining of the pore -- kind of pulling and twisting it out. I wish I could point you toward them.

Yeah, Brimstone's pics are da bomb.

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Tue Jun 27, 2006 6:15 pm


Jackie is now at Dr. Pilny's to be neutered tomorrow. I took him today for a checkup and they suggested I leave him overnight so I wouldn't have to travel back and forth, since they had an opening for surgery tomorrow.

I hope my little stinker does okay.

ellenvega
Skol Pigs!

Post   » Tue Jun 27, 2006 6:23 pm


Good luck to Jackie!

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