I have an adult male (approx 4 yr, 1.4 kg) short-hair with occasional GI troubles which have recurred tonight. Symptoms over the past few days were simply misshapen poos. They had a "squeezed" quality to the tail end. Initially I treated with a perianal sack wash and watched the condition.
Over the past hour he has started to look somewhat tired and lethargic and his poos have nearly stopped. Earlier tonight they began to become soft and green but thankfully still solid. I have given 0.1mL simethicone PO as he's had gas issues in the past with no success as well as 1mL water. He'll energetically eat veggies but doesn't seem very interested in anything else although I do hear him drinking behind me as I type. I can palpate some kind of mass in his abdomen, right side, midway between his ribs and his hips as I was massaging his belly to relieve any possible gas. The mass isn't sensitive to him although he wasn't pleased with the massage overall. No weight loss (digital scale).
I'd welcome any advice and recommendations. I have critical care in the freezer (it's open and old but dry and has been stored there since opening to stay fresher) and some babyfood carrots in the emergency box. I don't have any pedialyte but could probably find an open drug store if I drove around town. The fridge has red/orange peppers, parsley, celery, a pear and grapes (mine).
I know catching things early to prevent an emergency is crucial to pig health. My vet is supposed to be very cavy savvy but I've never been dreadfully comfortable there (long story). Of course I'd love it if he could get better with home treatment but we can see the vet in the morning if necessary.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
If you suspect a blockage you need a vet. If something is getting through, you could start hand feeding.
He's never been xrayed but is on a reduced Ca diet due to my suspecting sludge so it would be a really good idea. I'll call about it for sure.
Also, what is the dose schedule for simethicone? He'll probably need a few more doses to settle down his tummy.
I'd also like to note for my record that he's been drinking a lot tonight.
"Try 1/2 pediatric dose 2 or 3 times a day."
"I use .15cc, give or take a bit (its 1/2 the low end infant dose), and I use it 2x per day."
Simethicone can relieve mild gas pressure. You must see a vet for severe gas or bloat but it can relieve moderate discomfort.
klynne, when I first got piggy about a year and a half ago, he went into stasis from an antibiotic. The vet gave him an injection of a motility drug as well as something for home but I no longer remember what they were. All I really recall is after 2 days of the motility drugs, he still wasn't pooping and a single dose of simethicone fixed him up literally in minutes. That's why I have trouble trusting my vet (he was given the AB even though he was NOT sick, against my better judgement). I have no idea why it helped, because obviously that isn't how it works at all, but it did then and it did last night as well and since it's a pretty safe medicine, it's my first defense.
Fweep, thanks for that information.
The images showed a lot of gas and that was it. No blockage, no stones. So we have 0.15mL cisapride (sp) BID and continuing with the simethicone. I hope this helps!
He's still eating very well. I made some thick critical care to help replenish intestional bacteria if necessary. He lapped it up from the spoon. I'm still worried about the little guy though.
To make matters even worse, a fellow rescuer dropped off my new foster cat and he's skinny and has pink eye. I'm assuming this is transmissible to both me and the pig so am super duper washing up hands every time I leave the cat.
Well, back to pig nursing.
Stasis recovery is start and stop, keep in mind. You may see a good day, or even two or three, but then bam! right back into it. I'd use the meds and get him really going again, especially since you said he's had this issue in the past.
Oh, and you do know you can "bump" a thread back up once it sinks, just by searching for it, and posting again on it, right?
He's been doing well for 2 days now so I'm encouraged. I'm very lucky I live close enough to check on him at lunch time or he would have been a VERY sick pig. The past 2 days I've come home to a nice pile of "perfect poos," large, dark, moist, and well shapped.
Again, I appreciate all the advice! I definately don't want to pull him off the med too early but nor do I want to give him more than is necessary.
Edit: It was about a year and a half ago that he had this issue before so luckily it doesn't appear chronic. I'm going to ask the vet if there's a way to keep cisapride powder or tablets stable for long periods so I can have at least one dose for emergency in the future.
What, if anything, needs to be changed in the diet/lifestyle of a pig prone to these problems?