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How was your pig diagnosed? I do believe surgical removal has been successful for some pigs and there are other ab's besides bactrim to try. I absolutely would not euthanize at this point.
Vitamin drops and a salt lick are not good for your pig. Make sure your pig is getting a cup of dark leafy green vegetables per day, free fed grass hay, and a qualtiy timothy pellet. It would not hurt to supplement with vitamin C only at this time. 25-50mgs per day.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Did your vet do a culture and sensitivity? This is crucial.
I'm surprised your vet didn't recommend trying another antibiotic.
As Holly says, CL is very treatable. Surgery is sometimes required, but it really doesn't sound as if your vet is particularly cavy-savvy if he/she is recommending euthenasia.
- Barbara Osborn
- Supporter from '05 - '12
Most were treated with Bactrim and came through just fine. Queenie had two lumps (barbells) and needed Baytril (the stronger of the two ABs).
It takes a while but keep up with the ABs and all will be fine.
The other piggy was 6 years old at the time and we decide she was too old for surgery. I quarantined her and she was on Baytril forever. The lumps finally did go away. That little piggy lived for a couple more years. I thought I was going to lose her at her advanced age but surprise!
I do remember that it was considered contagious. I would be concerned about just draining them.
A few days after surgery I was concerned about the small amount of the poops he did and the little urine. But he isn't having any problems now. He is a pooping and a peeing machine - and I wouldn't have it any other way.
I was terrified about surgery when the Vet said that was the best way to go, and almost backed out of it. But I am so glad I didn't. Money was an issue with me, too. I had to work some extra hours last week and will again this week to cover the cost of surgery. But it was money well spent.
I'll try to get some pictures posted tomorrow of my Wilbur (after his surgery and now). He is thriving so much.
I took her to a teaching veterinary hospital at my school and the resident vet was a specialist and was incredible, it was great.
You might want to read www.guinealynx.info/surgery.html Sometimes it takes a bit to come around after the anesthesia. If she is alert enough to swallow, you can certainly give her some water by syringe.
Good luck with her recovery. Sounds like you are taking good care of her.
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If she does like it, you can then put it in her water bottle, or give her a mixture of water and Pedialyte in her bottle. We've done that to 'jump-start' a few of ours' drinking.
Avogadro, how is your pig doing?