Chubbles' medical thread

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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 6:39 am


Chubbles, mother to Squee adopted from the same "rescue" as Squee. I say "rescue" as I found out they bred their pigs :( Chubbles was going to be sold on to a pro-breeder so we intervened.

I was told she was 2,5 at the time, but I think she is much older then that. We've had her for 9 months now & I reckon she's closer to being 4.

We took her to the vet today as she had started peeing blood 2 days ago, smelled of fish and had lost some weight (about 60g). She'll be on baytril, metacam and cystease for 10 days. Since Chubbles has had gritty urine in the past (but we improved this by increased fluids/cranberry) we think there might be a small chance there are stones present, so if after 10 days there is no improvement or conditions return, we'll take her in for an x-ray.

Currently she weighs in at 956g.

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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 6:53 am

She is gorgeous! Love her black nose and her colouring. She is so lucky to have found her way to her home and I hope all goes well with the anitbiotics and that there are NO stones or anything else there. Hugs and healing vibes.

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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 7:37 am

I've just parted company with a rescue that carries on a similar practice (amongst others). I find it totally reprehensible.

Fingers crossed for Chubbles (lovely name)

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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 7:50 am

This is the 3rd time a rescue claimed to be genuine and turn out to be show breeders just wanting to continue - it's sickening.

I did find 2 others now that are 100% safe so I'll be going there in the future. I had one nearby where I volunteered, but they had to close due to financial difficulty :(

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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 8:56 am

Hoping for the best. An xray is certainly a wise move. I hope there are no stones.

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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 9:17 am

She's beautiful! I too hope there's nothing serious going on.

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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 9:20 pm

Sending good thoughts your way.

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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 9:50 pm

She's is so regal looking! I hope she responds to the meds and everything quiets down again.

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Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 6:17 am

Thanks everyone - I do think she is the prettiest in our herd ( I'm not allowed to say it in front of them ;), but a little slow upstairs ha-ha.

She's doing a bit better already. Her urine is now a pinkish orange instead of the bright pink/red we saw the day before. She also seems to smell less fishy which is only a bonus.

Still dropping weight gradually though despite feeding CC which worries me a little. I hope it picks up in a couple of days when the discomfort eases off.

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Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 6:19 am

"I do think she is the prettiest in our herd ( I'm not allowed to say it in front of them ;), but a little slow upstairs ha-ha."


Hope she will get well soon!

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Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 7:43 am


Chubbles is perkier already and has stopped smelling. Her urine is no longer bloody, so that's good. She's also sloooowly gaining weight.

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Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 8:16 am

Chubbles is stunning!!♥

There are several rescues here who breed too!

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Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 9:58 pm

Use plenty of probiotic with Baytril (although I suspect you know this, more for casual readers). If she starts showing intolerance get them to change to Septra.

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Post   » Sun May 22, 2011 5:03 pm

She's doing pretty well on Baytril really :) We knew she would be as Squee, her daughter, tolerates it really well. We do give probiotics 2 hours after meds regardless of which antibiotic they're on.

Her weight has gone up to 978g as well which is good. Hopefully I can get her back to her old weight of 1100g, but I doubt it.

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Post   » Sun May 22, 2011 6:50 pm

She is gorgeous. I hope she feels better soon.

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Post   » Tue May 24, 2011 11:47 am

Just wanted to say that she has been exactly a kilo for the last 2 days :) and this is without giving her CC. I think it's safe to say she's back on track.

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Post   » Tue May 24, 2011 12:00 pm

Super news - keep it up girl!

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Post   » Tue May 24, 2011 1:41 pm

Brainerror, I had an odd thought with all your stone problems. Could you put a water filter on your faucet? Or they sell those Brita pitchers with the built in filters. (Better than buying the girls bottled water!)

Maybe your tap water is naturally high in calcium or something.

Thats great that Chubbles is feeling better!

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Post   » Tue May 24, 2011 2:01 pm

I was thinking about that too Maple. It's ever since we moved to our current place 4 years ago that we've had stones pop up.

A Brita filter is definitely a good idea.

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Post   » Wed May 25, 2011 2:33 am

Brita's increase phosphorus.

I live in a hard water area and buy bottled water. You have to check which brand because many have high calcium levels. If you can get it, Iskla is the best at 6mg/l. Tesco sell Ashbeck at 10mg/l. Anything ~10 or less is good.

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