I've just started feeding her about a half cup of romaine lettuce and a half cup of kale every evening, before she wouldn't eat anything but carrots, but after reading up a little I started only giving her one small carrot every other day. Along with this she also has pellets and hay available all day. I haven't been weighing her, but she doesn't appear to be losing any weight, and she's eating fine.
I'm also giving her a vitamin supplement in an extra water bottle in her cage, which I change every 12 hours (I know vitamins in the water aren't necessarily a good thing, but she does have regular water to drink as well, and she drinks from both bottles regularly).
Basically I just want to know if I should get her into the vet right away to get her checked out, or if I can wait a week or so to see if anything else happens. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
She's not itching at all, but she bites whenever I pet her on her left side. She even attacked my poor boyfriends chin one time when she brushed it while walking around on his chest.
On top of this we finally got to introduce her to Shasta (our new piggie who was in quarantine for almost 5 weeks because she had lice and a URI). They seem to get along fine most of the time, but Stella is a bit of a bully. Everything I've read talks about dominance mounting, and rumblestrutting and such, but I've seen none of this. Instead Stella always chases Shasta around and tries to climb under her.
It's the strangest thing I've ever seen, and when Shasta doesn't cooperate, Stella bites her! Stella also seems to have taken over all of the pigloos we have. If Shasta goes in one, Stella will stop whatever she's doing and run in to chase her out.
When they're not bickering they both seem perfectly happy, and they popcorn and run all over the cage like crazy! It is a 4 x 2 C&C cage with a 1 x 2 hayloft, so I don't think it's a issue of room.
Just today I found a small spot on Shasta's ear that looks lke it might be a little scab. It's just a rough spot on the end of her ear, but I can't figure out what else it could be. She's also been treated for mites, along with the lice. She got 3 weeks of injected ivermectin followed by 3 more weeks of topical ivermectin, so I'm sure it's not mites.
I just realized this is a bit long, but I'm basically just wondering if this is just normal dominance stuff, or if I'm going to have to separate them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Also, let me know if you need any other info, I don't think I left anything out, but I can never be sure.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Are you weighing at least weekly now? Please do this. By the time you can actually see weightloss the pig is very sick.I haven't been weighing her, but she doesn't appear to be losing any weight, and she's eating fine.
I agree with Lynx - you may need to be continuing the mite treatments.
I wonder if Stella can see well out of both eyes? How old is she?
Stella is under 1 year, our best guess based on her weight, which is about 620 grams, is that she's only about 5 or 6 months old. Is there any way to tell how well she can see?
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
I had to remove all the pigloos when I put my two girls together. They just could not share, and pigloos really seemed to set them off.
I only use hideys that have two exits now.
I can't get to a vet until next week, unfortunately, and the fact is I trust the judgement on this board more than any of my vets anyway. I've got a couple pictures, but they aren't very good.
These are of the bad ear:
This one is her other ear, and all that's there is one little bump that almost looks like a small blister.
It's the small white spot in the picture.
She shakes her head whenever I touch her ears, and she's been shaking her head quite a bit all this week, but I just noticed her ears today.
She also has some crusty stuff in her ears, but it's hard to see because her ears are dark and the stuff is dark as well. Plus I can't get a good look because she keeps shaking her head, and I'm afraid I'm hurting her.
So I'm starting ivermectin, should I also get some fungal cream? Also, should I bother going to the vet, or should I try home treatment first, and then if that doesn't work, take her to the vet?
Thanks to anyone who responds, I really appreciate the advice given on these boards!
I've read a few things on here about using tea tree oil, and it seems a bit conflicting, will it be okay to try or should I look for something else?
Will it be okay to just treat her with the monistat and ivermectin for now, and wait to clean out her ears until they are less sensitive?
I can't believe how bad they are! I check them every week during weigh in, and last week I was in a hurry and never looked. I feel bad that I didn't catch this earlier, and now she seems so miserable! Is there any tricks to helping her be more comfortable until the treatments start working?