My little 1 year old pig was making a coughing noise not long after I fed them yesterday evening, and then later she that night she did it again. Just now as I was typing this, she did it twice again. Her eyes, nose, and mouth all look normal; and she appears to be breathing normally. She is also eating fine as usual.
My husband thinks we should take her to the vet to be checked just in case. So I got an appointment for her the day after tomorrow. Do you think it is possible that she might have a respiratory infection even though she seems ok otherwise? And what would have caused it? I have tried hard to keep their pen clean; I spot clean every day (usually 2-3 times per day lately). We also recently switched to fleece.
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What exactly are you feeding her? And what size chunks do you cut her veggies in? (Hint: bigger is better.)
What do I feed her: Oxbow Timothy hay and pellets and an assortment of veggies, including bell peppers, spring mix, red and green leaf lettuce, and cilantro (which is a new one for them, but they love it). I also fed them a few mint leaves the other day. I don’t chop the veggies into tiny pieces or anything. Also, most days they get an Oxbow Vitamin C tab and a urinary support tab.
I should also mention that their new fleece liner has a blanket pocket that they love to hide underneath. Maybe she is spending too much time under there and possibly breathing in hair or pee/poop? I do clean under there at least daily as I said, and change out the whole liner for a fresh one about every three days, but maybe that’s not enough. Or she could be fine and just eating her food too fast, but it is a little concerning that she has done it a few times now.
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She seems otherwise quite healthy with a good appetite as always, so we have canceled the vet appointment for now but are keeping an eye out for any changes and to see whether the cough continues.
I would like to post a picture of it but do not see a way to attach a photo from my phone
It all happened very fast. My husband (who works nights/evenings and is home during the day) texted me yesterday afternoon to say that Eloise was acting lethargic and staying in her hidey box and didn't come out for veggies -- which is totally unlike her; she usually starts wheeking and comes running as soon as she hears the fridge door open. (She had appeared fine was eating early that morning.)
He took her to the vet that same afternoon. The vet said her breathing sounded gruffy and prescribed an antibiotic (orbifloxacin) to be given every 12 hours. She has now had the antibiotic 3x and I am still not seeing any improvement. She stays in her box; you can see her sides moving when she breathes; and she barely eats. I put hay right up next to the box so she could eat it without moving, but she has hardly touched it. I saw her eating a couple of strands earlier this evening, but that's it. Yesterday, she ate a tiny bit of kale when I put it next to her, but today she won't eat any of the veggies that I put next to her. Her water bottle is close by, but I have not seen her drink.
We got some Critical Care from the vet to feed her, but it is a total failure. We have both tried to feed her with a syringe (and also tried first just in a dish to see if she would sample it on her own, which she didn't) but she squirms and pulls her head away, or hides her head, etc., etc., and almost nothing got in her, and it probably stresses her out. Yes, I know there is a link here on how to feed a pig with a syringe, and we have read and tried but are not succeeding.
Anything else we can do besides keep trying? It's so maddeningly frustrating that we can't get her to eat, and she was seemingly so healthy just a couple of days ago.