I adopted Piper in fall 2017. She was surrendered to the shelter with her three daughters. She was probably around 3-6ish months old. She was about 3/4 her current size. She's been pretty healthy overall, but on 1/17/2021 I noticed blood in her urine. It was only in a few spots, and she had other spots that were normal looking. She had been moved from a 2x4 C&C to a Midwest cage on 1/16/2021. Her cage mate Bambi died a few months ago, and since Piper will be my last pig I decided to downsize. She spent most of 1/16/2021 in her pigloo. I checked on her before bed and she seemed fine. She was up during the night running around (her cage is in my bedroom). The next day she woke me up as she always does around 7:30 with her pouting until she gets her Vit C Oxbow supplement. I didn't notice anything (but I was tired and didn't look close). It was maybe 4 or 5 hours later I noticed the blood in the urine. I watched her closely yesterday (1/17) and I did not see any behavior changes or signs of illness (all urine was normal). I'm going to set her up an appointment to go to the vet this week.
I haven't noticed any calcium deposits, but I do use Carefresh, so it can be harder to notice. I haven't noticed squeaking while urinating. No weight changes. The only thing is I do think her water intake seems lower than when Bambi was alive, but she is still drinking and it hasn't been so low I've been concerned. Also I can never tell if she's drinking or playing with the water. I think she might've been playing more than drinking in the past.
If you've read a bunch here, you may have noticed that there have been reports that on rare occasion there can be spotting that is possibly associated with a menstrual cycle.
It sounds like you weigh her regularly? This will help tell you if there might be another medical cause.
- Supporter in 2020
I think a vet check is a good idea, and hopefully they have some diagnostic equipment they can use to check for stones or bacteria in the urine. If they don't come up with anything, as Lynx mentioned, sometimes it is hormonal. Keep a record of when you noticed this and how long it lasted. If you start to see it repeat every 15 days or so, that's a possibility.
Sounds like a good choice of antibiotic. I hope it helps!
She still seems fine, no change in her weight or behavior.
Has anyone ever dealt with brown stones? What could it be? I've had stone pigs before, and they've shown them to me and they are white. I guess that would explain why I haven't noticed anything in the cage. I know even using Carefresh when I've had pigs with stone issues the calcium can deposit on the bottom of the cage. I've not seen anything like that with her.
Her behavior never changes. She acts normal and doesn't seem to be in pain. There's no signs of a problem except the blood.