Ruby and Her Puzzling Problem

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Shanna
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Post   » Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:34 pm


I have a pig, Ruby. Her mother was a rescue and passed away from cancer in 2016. Her father passed in July from cancer, also. She will be 5 years old December 6th. She has been a very healthy girl up until this point. I took her in for a routine check-up, and of all things, she pooped and there was blood there. Did a poop spin and had sporulating rods. Put her on Flagyl. Four days later, she had bloat and could not poop. I immediately gave her metoclopramide, probiotic, baby gas drops and she has been on them ever since. She began to refuse to eat and drink. I've fed her Critical Care and syringed water. Yesterday, I took her in for a hydration sub-Q. Last evening, she started eating and drinking on her own and has been doing well, with poops growing in size and frequency, until this afternoon. Now we are back to tiny poops and few...even with Metoclopramide. She has had an ultrasound of her uterus (what they could see), and intestines and nothing was found. This has been going on since last Wednesday. I have never had a case this hard. Has anyone else had a similar experience? I've had 16 pigs in 15 years and I have never had this before.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:14 pm


Are you weighing her daily right now? If so, how does her weight look these past few days? I am sure you know tiny poops are most often due to not eating enough, perhaps with some dehydration. Unusual that this developed so quickly. I hope things turn around!

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Shanna
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Post   » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:51 pm


Here is the strange part. She had actually gained 3 grams from her check-up to yesterday. I am at a loss. The dilemma is this. If I'm feeding her, she won't eat on her own. As it is, she is drinking and eating on her own. When do you intervene? Feeding her stresses her out, too. I am almost afraid that it may be the "C" word. Her mother, father, and sister were all abandoned on a porch for who knows how long without food and water. When we got them, they ate for what seemed like 5 days straight without letting up. Her precious little mother was already pregnant with her, her sister, and brother. I guess one never knows the ramifications of that horrible situation.

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Post   » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:54 pm


Three grams is not a weight gain. Or loss. One TEASPOON of water weighs five grams. Three grams, or twenty-three grams, could be accounted for by whether or not she had peed/drank water/ate/pooped/whatever.

Weighing is necessary when they're ill, but you need to know what the reasonable parameters are. Three grams is not a reasonable amount to worry/celebrate about.

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Shanna
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Post   » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:38 am


I'm definitely not celebrating it. I'm not celebrating anything right now...I'm so worn down I can hardly function. I was wondering about Mirtazapine for appetite loss? Anyone had any experience with this?

bpatters
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Post   » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:52 am


Are you force feeding her?

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Shanna
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Post   » Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:40 pm


I just finished force feeding her. She gets so stressed she cries. I have to feed her some...let her down...feed her...let her down. She will eat on her own...but not much. That's the dilemma. I've never had one just eat a little. They either eat or they don't. If I force feed her, I don't know if she is eating on her own. If I don't, I'm afraid she isn't getting enough. She is on the floor right now eating on a hay stack.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:23 pm


I am sorry it is such a struggle to get the food in.

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Shanna
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Post   » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:38 pm


Thank you, Lynx. We are about the same. I just do not understand it. I have read the Flagyl can cause anorexia. I just don't know if it is temporary or can be permanent. Getting ready to feed her some right now.

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