She is shy and sweet...except when you go to put her back into her cage. Then she squirms and kicks like crazy. That's what I was doing when she bolted out of my hands and fell.
She is holding up her rear foot. I've made an appointment to take her in at 6:00. I just feel so horrible. Like I shouldn't have pigs. What should I expect at the vet? How is an X-ray done?
Give her some quiet time, make sure she's eating, restrict her movements. If there is swelling, steriods can help bring it down.
The new cage I built is about 1.5 to 2 feet off the floor. I heard a crash in the middle of the night (thankfully I hadn't fallen asleep yet) and I ran in to find Penelope had crashed through the grid and landed on the floor. She is blind and she was running around like crazy on the floor. I felt SO bad.
Keep us posted on what the vet says.
This is not the way I wanted to introduce my very own first pigs.
I looked at her foot and don't see anything amiss. I'm afraid to manipulate it, in case it is broken. This time, when I put her back into the cage, I put her in a hat (she went in head first) and I was able to put her in without a struggle. I think we'll be using the hat from now on.
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This happened to my husband as well.
If Izabo is walking around normally, her back is likely not injured. That to me is the biggest worry. An x-ray will show whether she's sustained a break, or some soft tissue damage.
Our Toby (a/k/a Fearless Fuzzball) had soft tissue damage only. It took a long time to heal up (close to 3 weeks), during which time he did his level best to make my husband feel bad.
Breaks heal and so do soft tissue injuries. Don't be down on yourself. If you have some Metacam it will make her feel a little better. Do let us know what the vet says.
But...I called LV and I'm feeling a bit better (bless her). She assured me that the bone will probably heal if I keep Izabo quiet (the vet told me she might have to be euthanized if it didn't knit together in the ten days!). LV said she had dealt with pigs with broken bones and they do heal. Might have a limp, but they heal.
I'd take my beautiful girl with a limp anyday.
I imagine she needs a very restricted area, and metacam to help with pain. Hang in there and do keep us updated. No chance or splinting or casting? What about amputation?
One of my co-workers rabbits broke her hind leg and they ended up having her leg amputated. It was a tough recover because she went into stasis but the site healed up fine and she is doing well.