- I GAVE, dammit!
His cataracts reduced, he can now see and hear us, he gained 250 g (to 875g), became more active, and developed a fully grown in healthy looking Peruvian coat.
Three days ago we noticed he wasn't eating his night time veggies. Two days ago we noticed not as many poops in the cage, and picked him up. Crusty eyes, honky breathing. URI, started treatment with Bactrim (this is the third time he's been treated for a URI since June). He has lost almost 100 grams in the last week. He also stank. Like shit. Literally. I've never smelled that before. I gave him a careful bath and trimmed his coat (so it wouldn't drag the ground) and he took it all pretty well. The next day, he stank like shit again. I don't know what this means but I've never smelled it on another pig.
We've been handfeeding a slurry of Critical Care/Pellets/Healthy Poops/Baby Rice Meal/Baby Food/Vitamin Supplements, and Pedialyte. He appears to be eating nothing on his own, and isn't pooping. I've been stimulating him (stomach rubs, gently rubbing the anus with warm water and a Q-Tip, and cleaning him out whenever there's poop in there. He doesn't seem to mind.
I've never had an impacted boar here so I don't know if what I'm seeing there is normal. It appears to be goopy poop, but there are "strings" of weird mucous stuff in there that almost reminds me of what worms in a dog look like. I have to pinch it with some tissue and pull it out of him, almost. Doesn't really seem to smell.
When he first started acting "not right" I thought it was due to the loss of his cagemate, who got adopted last week. He is now in a cage with a divider through which he can see other pigs, but he doesn't get along with anybody else we have so we can't put him in with someone else. I was hoping he could hang on until our new pups got weaned, and I was going to see if anybody from this new litter would work with him.
I noticed tonight that he was trying to eat veggies and spitting them back out. I took them back from him, stuck them in a blender until they were shredded really fine, and gave them back to him. He tries to eat them and spits them back out. He does not appear to have used his water bottle, eaten any pellets, or any hay in days. I grabbed him again to look at his mouth. No injuries, but his bottom incisors appear to be almost 3/4" long. I've never seen incisors that long.
Somebody tell me what they think is going on with this guy. Most everybody who comes through here is young - Less than a year old, around a year, or pregnancies and pups. I dunno what the heck to do with a geriatric.
the post caught my interest as I have a Rosie (now officially known as Roosevelt-but I call him Rosie)--HE was a "sow" left left by his owners at a local rescue. When I got him home we discovered he was a boar. He has malocclusion and has had some mouth ulcerations, but no weird smell. Is it coming from his mouth?
He also has had that stringy mucous coming out in his soft poo/diarrhea. So I know what you mean. He had it before when he wasn't eating well. The vet said it was mucous and there wasn't any specific treatment for that given that I am aware of. He has taken antibiotics for diarrhea and bacterial enteritis in the past.
If he isn't pooping at all, does he need some Reglan to get his system going? Sorry I can't be of more help. I hope your Rosie feels better very soon.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I posted because I was trying to get some information that might keep him alive for the night, so I could take him to the vet in the morning.
I called Kleenmama who walked me through my first ever subcue (on the phone!) and he seems to be feeling better. She said that he might have gone too long without eating and that his organs might be shutting down or might have already shut down.
We gave him the subcue and some more food, and he seems ok. He keeps doing this involuntary muscle spasm thing that has me worried. He jerks a few times a minute, for no apparent reason.
Even if he has molar malocclusion I don't think he would survive a surgery as he is so anorexic. I'm going to the vet in the morning to see if they will give me more subcue supplies (I only had the one) and see what they think. I'm scared to lose him.
Trimming the incisors without doing the molars is useless. the molars are probably overgrown forcing the bite apart and allowing the incisors to overgrow. He could have tongue entrapment. Dentalwork is a necessity if he has malocclusion. Otherwise he will starve to death.
- I GAVE, dammit!
- I GAVE, dammit!
He was happy to be woken up and took 12 cc's of Critical Care/Pellet Mash and 3 cc's of Pedialyte. Still no poops, but his stomach is not hard, distended, and doesn't seem to be uncomfortable to him.
I have a question, though, about his penis. I have never extruded a penis all the way. He is a longhaired pig and one of the usual checks I do is a palpation of the penis (especially for longhaired pigs, as they can get hair wrapped around the penis, causing an infection or blockage). I have successfully extruded and cleaned blockages of other boar penises, but I never had to extrude them very far to get to the site of the problem.
Rosie was very dehydrated, and when I felt for his penis earlier tonight (under the skin), I felt what felt almost like TWO penises under there. But I couldn't get it to extrude at all because he was too dehydrated. Just now, though, after his feeding I tried again and was able to get it to come out. My questions are these:
1) how "long" is a fully extruded penis? I've never extruded one on a boar that didn't have a problem already just to check to see what it looks like. I do remember our fostered pig Bear, who used to get erections on Baytril. I seem to remember his penis being over an inch long, but that was erect. I don't think that's a good comparison.
2) This is kind of gross, but what is the visual skin texture supposed to look like? The tip of Rosie's penis is dark pink and shiny with moisture, but then it changed.
I got Rosie's penis to come out about 1/4". There appears to be a crusty or pasty yellowish material coating the entire penis once you get past the tip. I was unable to clean it off without a helper to hold the pig, since holding/extruding took all my hands. Is this pasty stuff normal, or could this be an infection or a sign of another problem? If his penis isn't out all the way, should I try to make it come out longer to make sure he doesn't have hair or some other sort of material blocking him? I am worried because KM said that if he has hair tightly wrapped around his penis, it could cause his kidneys to shut down since he wouldn't be able to eliminate.
Sorry for the really graphic questions, but I am just trying everything I can. I have not noticed (noticed, not positive though) that he has urinated all day today.
The semen can dry around the penis and make it swell. Gentle cleaning is the fix. This happened to a boar of mine once, forcing the penis outside the body. I had the vet clean him out since I figured he was so sore at that point he needed professional hands.
I'm sure the penis length varies from pig to pig but they probably all think they have 2 inch penises.
- I GAVE, dammit!
It's all in the mind, anyway.
Hey, I just found out a friend of mine and her family (husband and daughter) will be in Sao Paulo for a couple weeks mid to late December (sister getting married). She's excited about going. From Bolivia but speaks Portuguese.