I´ve only had my girlies for just over a year, so far with no health probs. I´ve got a vet (though have only needed her for nail trims thus far) and it looks like they´ll be needing a urine sample. Can I attain that at home and take it with me? This is an exceptionally shy and timid pig. I don´t want her going thru any more than absolutely necessary. She isn´t like her sister who goes in and immediately makes it clear to all that she owns the place.
I know that any penicillins are to be avoided. But I cannot recall which has often been deemed best for UTI´s. Is it bactrim?
I´d like to go armed with a bit of info...though this vet does know pigs exceedingly well, she can be a bit pushy and condescending. I´m not wanting to get steam rolled.
Don´t take what I say as gospel -- sometimes it is hard to fight a vet who has a certain drug in mind. I do think bactrim is tolerated better (at least in my pigs). At least one has gone off her feed on baytril. Both drugs are listed in the book I checked a while back. This is all a bit fuzzy, but this is what I remember.
I think getting your pig to pee in a clean plastic container shortly before you leave should give the vet something to test if that is what he/she wants to do.