I thought it might be an endocrine thing as his water bottle was always empty earlier than Pepino’s (that hasn’t happened recently) and he’s so hyper. Pepsi was the same way—extremely hyper and thin when she died. Necropsy revealed enlarged adrenal glands (like human like pig).
Yesterday I took him to the vet and she found lice. I was surprised as I his coat looked great and I hadn’t seen him scratching much. Pepino, an Abby, showed up louse-free. The vet says lice can really grab onto that long silky hair and I guess they had been there a while. It was probably the stress of the move that brought them out.
Both boys are on Revolution, which kicked in for Pepino within days when he had mites. Vet says re-treat Pellegrino in one month. It sucks for Pellegrino but I am relieved that it’s easily treated, unlike endocrine or tooth issues.
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My only concern now is his hyperactivity--he is the most hyper pig I've had except for Pepsi.
At his latest vet visit he had lost seven grams since the last one although he's been eating well. I put that down to my being busy and having less time to feed him, his losing the guy he grew up with and pooping up a storm in his carrier on the ride over.
The vet checked him for lice and says there are no nits and his skin doesn't appear inflamed. Also, he isn't scratching and doesn't appear to be in pain the way he did when he had the lice. My question: do I just accept that he's just very hyper? Pepsi was, too and on autopsy the vet commented on her abnormal adrenal glands. Should I insist the vet put him on a course of Revolution just to set my mind at rest, ask for blood and urine tests or just leave him be?
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For now, if I were you, I'd just continue to monitor weight. Ditto PinkRufus that some pigs gradually lose weight as they get older.