Am I just being paranoid?
She gave her a laxitive for cats and dogs. I will post the name later, I'm at school now and don't have it with me. She said if she doesn't improve in a couple of days to bring her back in.
Does anyone have any experiance with two lumps on the identical side of the abdomen? She said they were too low to be near the kidneys.
Could she still be going even if she is blocked up? Laxatives didn't sound right to me either but I have no idea what else this could be. She said they were gentle, more to lubricate stuff than to stimulate her.
Lax-aire, 1cc once a day.
Laxatives are designed for carnivores/omnivores who have 1-2 bowel movements a day. It is not at all suited for herbivores who are supposed to pass poop all day long.
That vet needs to be smacked upside the head. Assuming he has one.
You need a new vet. Pigs don't have the luxury of a few days to see if things resolve. They go downhill fast.
If the lumps were within the body and could be palpated, she should have gotten an xray or better yet, an ultrasound. An xray could have indicated location and whther organs are involved. An ultrasound is even more informative.
If the lumps are on the outside of her body, they are probably lymph glands. Swollen lymph glands(nodes?) can signify anything from infection to cancer. A blood panel is recommended to get an idea how the organs are functioning.
It's generally a good idea to go for a course of broad spectrum ABs(baytril) in case the swollen lymph glands are due to an infection (in order to cover your bases).
If the vet suspects Bloat, Reglan is the med to give.
It wouldn't be a bad idea to check the poop for signs of parasites and the pee for signs of infection(before putting her on ABs). Incontinence often accompanies UTIs.
She said she couldn't tell if they were in the abdomen or not. You can feel them without even pressing in, however. You just have to run your fingertips over her sides. They are very pronounced. This isn't something she had two days ago either. It just came up.
This really does want to make me say it is lymph nodes, plus the fact they came on so fast, two days ago they weren't there. I've included a picture of Muffin showing where these are. They are on both sides.