- Supporter in '16
When I look at that veggie chart, which is so helpfully sortable, do I want to be aiming for veggies that are low in calcium TOTAL? or lower in the Ca:P ratio? I figured they'd be the same and they're really not. And I'm now in possession of some yummy-looking (and popular) Swiss chard that is low on the latter and astronomical on the former.
However, my boar 'Treacle' who I got as a piggie with 'problems' from a rescue centre only a few months ago was diagnosed with stones four days ago after a steady decline in appetite over three days.
He had both running lice and a URI when I brought him home and after a round of Baytril and Ivomec was becoming a happy little lad up until the eating decline.
The stones were removed, which I have from the vet in a sterile container, unfortunately though - after a very, very brave fight poor sickly little chap lost the fight despite all the stops being pulled out.
Thank you for putting the link to the stone study up, this came on very suddenly with only the slightest sign of 'rump' tenderness when having cuddles, no real 'symptoms' such as blood in the urine or the like.
Poor little Treacle , with evidence of a previous bumblefoot and missing an ear from a scrap with something he obviously came off worse with, hope I gave you a happy home, if only for a short while.
I have posted in another post the current diet I give my piggies. I think the best thing to do is to not give too much variety in the veggies given daily. And please cavy lovers highly reduce the timothy hay pellets.
If I try to email these pellet brand companies.. do you think they will listen? What about those alfalfa and yogurt treats.. These things are so unnecesary.
Not only that but also spoke about the alfalfa and how most beginners would not really know the difference between the hays and make this mistake.
I don't know if others here have tried speaking to them? I doubt my calling would make a difference.. but I think if more of us would call these big manufacturers maybe someday they can make changes to their products and bladder stones could be reduced.