Also forgot to note that she seems to be pretty itchy on her belly where her fur was shaved. I do not see any irritation or hair loss, so I am guessing that it is just that she doesn't like a buzzed tummy, but I will keep an eye on it. I recall hearing that stress can 'bring out' mites, so to speak.
This is what happens sometimes when a female (or male, I imagine) shaves hair on their own bodies. Depending on the direction and closeness of the shave, it can hurt when growing out.
I am going out of town on Thursday, and I have a vet appointment for Violet on Wednesday before that to have her checked to make sure she's ok. Might do an ultrasound again to see if there's any internal change, though I don't feel anything different. I suspect her cyst burst again, because I'm not feeling the lump right now and she seems a little more pained today even with the meloxicam. I really wish I didn't have to leave town this week... but I'm training my husband to handfeed her and what to watch for while I'm gone. If he's unable to handle nursing her, the vet offers medical boarding with emergency staff on duty overnight that he can take her to.
I'll update again when it's time to try again with the spay- it will probably not be till May, as we've had some things come up during April. Hoping that nothing worsens in the meantime.
Also, on an off topic note- Lynx, the new forums look great!
In the meantime though, an unrelated question- I found some blood on a spot that Violet had been chewing so I assume she cut her mouth, but upon checking her lips, front of mouth and tongue, could not find a cut. If a cut is small enough to stop bleeding that fast, should I be concerned about infection? If it were on her skin outside I wouldn't be too worried, just that it might be inside her little poopy mouth. Not sure if this one's worth a trip to the vet?
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Their mouths and tongues heal exceptionally fast, but they rarely cut them. This one's a little weird to me. I wouldn't necessarily run to the vet, but I'd want to know where the blood came from.
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Hopefully it's just a one-off weirdness. I cut my mouth on corn chips too, so yeah. ;-)
Her lungs sound clear when I listen to them but her breathing sounds a little junky every now and then- whenever I do hear it, she's either eating or sleeping. I wouldn't call it a full blown hoot, more of a small grunt. No discharge, no other symptoms.
With her surgery drama earlier I honestly kind of suspect heart problems rather than the beginnings of a URI... but I suppose time will tell. Might make the vet take radiographs anyway even if he doesn't think it likely, just to be sure.
Trying to read up on broken teeth it seems like all the information is for a broken front tooth- is advice for a broken molar the same as for a broken front tooth, i.e. it's probably not an issue if the pig is still able to eat, and it should resolve itself? Of course, it's not like I can tell how bad the issue is if there is one... if the jaw itself were injured, that would probably be more serious and something we'd want to tackle sooner rather than later for fear of tooth overgrowth. And if a tooth is broken that has the potential for injury and infection, and I've been down the abscess road with Violet before with no desire to go down it again.
*Sometimes* she seems to be eating normally... so maybe I'm imagining things, or just letting my anxiety get the best of me. I hate how hard it is to tell sometimes.
Also, we did just lose her (probably) littermate, Adelaide. Adelaide was the alpha of the herd as well, so it's a significant loss. So it's also possible that she's depressed at Adelaide's loss and/or that since they were tied together in my mind, that I'm just projecting greater pain onto her than she's actually experiencing.
Anyway. I'm just kind of at a loss as to what to do for her now. I'm not sure if there's more I *can* do? Maybe syringe feed her for a bit? No clue if that would do anything at all. And I'm not sure where to draw the line of if she's enjoying life anymore. It doesn't help that I have a newly mobile human baby so I'm not able to observe the pigs as often as I used to and therefore don't have a great picture of her overall status either. Just... Confused and worried about her. I guess I just don't really have a great idea of what a pig's twilight years *should* look like. I know not to expect that she'll be able to jump around like a little piglet anymore, I guess it just comes down to how much pain is too much pain?
Looking hunched and poofed does sound like she is experiencing some pain. It is hard to sort out illness vs. possible grieving. I think of you as an observant caretaker who knows their pet well. I don't know that I can give an useful advice but hope you can sort out her issues.
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