Bandit, as some of you know, has been breathing heavy for a while. He was put on Chlor Palm a while back, here's the thread: http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8179&highlight=chlor+palm[url] ... [/url]
- Little Jo Wheek
If the pig has been seen by another vet in a different hospital, call the hospital ahead of time (a week is best if possible) to have them fax the records to the new vet. Either the old or new vet hospital can usually fulfill this request, but I prefer calling the clinic who has the records to save some running around.
It is reasonable to request xrays for an upper respiratory-type issue. There are many conditions that share signs in this region: tumors, asthma, bronchitis, URIs, pnemonia, and heart disease to name only a few. Xrays can help diagnose the problem. Make sure the vet does order two views (side and top to bottom). A separate series of at least two views may be needed of the skull and molars if the problem is not in the lungs. Usually, anesthesia is not required for any xrays, but may be suggested in skull/molar rads. A culture of snot may be helpful if it is a mucosy condition. A different antibiotic is called for. The vet should also do his/her best to ascult the lungs and see if the problem can be heard and info gathered.
Just be honest. The pig has been treated for such and such with such and such and (time, etc.) and is not well. Say that you'd like to find out why your pet is still ill/not well, including any tests to help diagnose the problem.
I am currently treating Bandit with Chlor Palm from the last URI, first dose last night, and he is not wheezing as much as before. I decided to do this after I checked the inside of his wrists after he wiped his nose, his nose was wet and his wrists discolored. I saw that somewhere on here.
He still eats like a pig, no pun intended, so I think he does have a URI, but he always has breathed heavily. Could it be because he's fat? I will be calling the vet today to make an appointment. Thanks again.
- Little Jo Wheek
Being obese probably doesn't help any of his issues. It only magnifies and accentuates the problems.
Good luck with your vet visit!
If I feed them veggies together, Bandit pounds back his, then Rileys. I hear Riley's poor little squeal and I know exactly what is going on. the funny thing is, I will tap Bandit on the head, give the lettuce back to Riley, and Bandit will watch me. The second I turn my head he runs his fat butt over, I yell his name, and he backs off.
I swear he understands me completely.