A quick recap from the previous thread:
~ I got my first pig when I was 7 & has since been hooked on them
~We said Hello and Goodbye to Disco and her babies, Skippy, DJ, Spiky, Granny, Chewie and Pippin, the latter 2 left us in 2010.
~We said Hello and Goodbye to my 2 robo hams, Knuf knuf and Nom nom.
~We battled with UTI, URI, IC, Septicaemia, Diarrhoea and stones, stones, STONES.
Now for the Story to continue, let me re-introduce the gang:
From left to right we have Chubbles, a torty coloured Sheltie of about 3 years of age. Gentle, quiet & mother to Squee. Chubbles was rescued from being sold on to a pro breeder.
Squee, 1,5 year old charcoal coloured Sheltie. Used to be black, but is getting more and more white hairs on her rump as time goes on. Very gentle, friendly and easy with humans, but can be a real biatch towards other pigs. When she's angry she is NASTY. Squee was rescued from becoming a show pig.
Nibbler, 1 year old "himi" who's slowly turning brown on her back and under her eyes. Got rescued from someone's back yard by the RSPCA & ended up at our local rescue pregnant at 2 months old. She had a serious growth stunt and has stopped growing now at 700g. Energetic, loud, demanding and nippy. Is probably the brightest of the lot.
Scruffles, 5 year old mostly brown agouti rex mix. Again, lovely with people, is my cuddle pig & sanity keeper, but doesn't play well with other pigs. Is prone to stones & currently trying to pass her 8th stone in a year... We adopted her 2,5 years ago from a different rescue that also breeds. The lady almost didn't let us adopt her as she had 'plans' with Scruffles :/
Now ignoring (only on here, not in real life of course!) Scruffles' current predicament, let me show you the effect mountains of fresh grass had on our wee fat Scruffy one:
I might just asplode ughhh
Mummy, am I going to die?
Actually...I could do with another portion! Is there any more?..............What?
I have enjoyed reading your chronicles. Nice to see Scruffles so relaxed and "grass happy"!! I think all your girls are just so pretty! Just a thought.. but I was looking at a Dutch website (knoevelshop) and they have a pressure feed that claims it can help with stones. Have you tried this for Scruffles? It is called Chanca Piedra. I have never had any experience with stones but just a thought.
More pictures!! I love the pictures!! Thanks for sharing.
Poppycorn - Yes and thank you for your kind words :) It made me more determined to continue ^^
Amy - Alles goed? :D Nice to see a Dutchie on here. I had a look at that herb and it sounds like it has similar properties to shilling tong. It is a muscle relaxant which helps with expelling stones.
Hunybee - Ooohhh tempting! No more stones...
GPG - I have Nikon d80 with a medium range lens. It's a midway between amateur and pro camera wise and really user friendly, although a bit heavy.
Fred n co - Aw thank you. Scruffles needs the compliment as everyone tends to swoon over the others more, especially Nibbler.
Regiane - She sends lickies your way!
This morning I got another Scruffles Surprise:
A hay poke..
It's been absolute years (5 at least) since I last dealt with a hay poke, but I remember everything from when Granny had one.
I've been cooing over her and medicated her, so hopefully in a week's time it will have healed. If not, it's off to the vet!
Oh Scruffles..my little attention seeker..
I love your whole herd, and that is the best Squee-photo by far, even beats the ones of her beautiful hair. Who knew she had even prettier leggies?!
Regiane - You wouldn't know anything's wrong if you look at her behaviour! She's such a trooper. Her and Panqueca are now hay poke buddies :D (Btw, how do you pronounce Panqueca? Is is Panqueaka, Panquesa or Panquecha? )
Sere - It's not in here eye any more no. It's when a piece of rough hay accidentally pokes a pig's eye and scratches the surfaces causing the eye to go opaque in order to heal itself. As long as there's no puss or redness, it should heal within a week with antibiotics and/or a topical ointment.
Squee does have nice shaxy legs :p
Today her eye is a little more opaque, but still looking 'good'. You can really see the scratch on the cornia in the middle of her eye (the left blob of white is my reflection) and it's a little raised, but her eye or surrounding tissues isn't red or swollen so...so far so good.
I don't have any pictures but Popcorn got an eye infection (because of a hay poke the vet thinks) and it cleared up pretty quickly with some prescribed eyedrops. Her eyeball was shrunken (her socket has swollen) and it was solid white with a scratch on it.
Maybe bathe it in some warmed water (so it's bacteria free.. just boil a kettle and leave it to cool completely) with some salt in it. That has helped clear up Thumper and Dusty's eyes before :)
Poor little Scruffles has been in the wars recently!
- Cavy Slave Since '08
Ah, "Panqueca"... it's like Pankeka the pronunciation, I think. You can hear me saying Panqueca in this old (really old) video. She was learning to stand up. :)