Tooth issue and more

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Jul 30, 2021 10:43 am


You should always be feeding only the tender inside pieces. Corn is grown with a ton of pesticides, and the outer green husks should always be stripped off and discarded.

RubySimon

Post   » Fri Jul 30, 2021 4:08 pm


Oh yes of course. We give the horses some too and always throw out the dark outer husks.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:41 pm


That would be cool if it was an acceptable alternative to hay! (roughage is important to the digestive system)

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Sun Aug 01, 2021 2:24 am


If he continues to like corn husks, they can be frozen so you have a supply through winter. I just get them from grocery stores that have a bin for husks that customers discard when they clean the ears. I fill a bag and explain to the checkout person what they are. Last year I froze 4 of the one-gallon freezer bags and that was enough until sweet corn showed up in the store this summer.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:44 am


That is such a good idea! Corn is for some reason expensive here still and my guess is not enough people are buying it to justify putting a barrel nearby. At least that is what I think since there are no barrels.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:35 pm


One discount grocery store still has a barrel for husks. I noticed fewer barrels last year as well. I thought it was because the stores were trying to be more sophisticated and they were trimming the outside husks off the ears to make the corn look better. Or maybe it’s just a mess to deal with since some people use the barrels for garbage.

I bought 6 ears at the farmers market this weekend and it was $4.50.

RubySimon

Post   » Mon Aug 02, 2021 8:40 am


Holy moly! $.75 per ear is a lot! I pay $.45-.50 per ear around here (Maine).
He had a larger pile of poop that he has had in a looong time and it looked more normal. Still some mushy stuff, but I am hydrating him and still doing some CC. And he ate a decent amount (for him) of husks.
I was just wondering what I would do in the winter, freezing is a great idea! Thank you for the suggestion. I think he may have eaten a little hay too. Not sure. He is eating pellets this morning. I also bought a botanical mix of herbs, flowers, etc. and he went to town on that. Have we turned a corner? Not going to count on that, I've been wrong about that too many times. But I am happy today!
Thanks for all the help and support.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Aug 02, 2021 3:02 pm


Hope things continue to look good!

I am with you on the Holy moly! A lot for an ear of corn! I occasionally pick up some corn as a treat for my three chickens (they only get a small amount since corn is not all that nutritious). I only get a couple ears on sale.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Wed Aug 04, 2021 2:17 am


Glad to hear things seem to be improving - I hope that continues.

I've been to the grocery store twice now getting husks. Today husband went with me, but he disappears as soon as I start bagging husks. Then there's the explanation at the checkout. I think the price was 6 ears for $3.00.

RubySimon

Post   » Sat Aug 07, 2021 8:33 am


Well, we are pretty much where we were. He eats husks, but not great. He still refuses hay. Any kind, cutting, brand. Eating pellets, great with his veggies. He goes back to the vet on Monday. I still think it is a mouth issue. Will see.
So, can pigs have oatmeal? I buy a herbal blend from the chinchilla rescue. It is suitable for most small pets. My rabbit and chinchilla LOVE it. I gave Simon a bit this morning, he dove in. I use it as a treat 3 x a week. One thing in it is oatmeal. I wondered if I could be giving him more plain oatmeal along with the other stuff I give him. It is loaded with fiber and has no sugar? Any thoughts?

RubySimon

Post   » Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:56 pm


I have googled and read conflicting information on whether they are ok for gpigs.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Aug 07, 2021 10:22 pm


Yes, I am sure there is conflicting info. I think of oatmeal as being starchy.

RubySimon

Post   » Sun Aug 08, 2021 6:31 am


that is what I wondered about. Maybe a few pieces as a treat, but I figured a tbl might be too much. Thank you.

RubySimon

Post   » Mon Aug 09, 2021 7:42 am


My husband is dropping Simon off at the vet again this morning. I am so scared. If they don't find something this time that they can fix, I think that is going to be it. I can't do supportive care for him forever, it's not fair to either of us. I just don't want to lose him. He is one of the sweetest pigs I have ever had, just really mellow and adorable. I have been trying so hard. I just hope he can pull through this.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:06 am


I think since the 2nd of August when you said he was doing better, to now, it is possible there has been some growth of teeth. I so hope your vet can set things completely straight and he can recover. You described all the ill animals you are dealing with. I understand how stressful this can be for you, your family, and pets. Pain medication can make a big difference.

Sending best wishes to you.

RubySimon

Post   » Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:00 am


So, he had a bit of regrowth inward on his molars, but not much, so that was good. He had a small piece of tooth (premolar) that had broken off and was kind of stuck there. Thankfully, it was not stuck in the gum. She worked on his incisors again, trying to even them out. On one side, he had a rough spot that had caused a canker sore on that inner cheek. Poor guy. Didn't put him on AB's because they throw his gut off so badly, and she didn't think it was infected. I will rinse his mouth occasionally to try to help with that. Still waiting for results of bloodwork that is being sent out, but the inhouse bloodwork was good. X rays of his head/mouth looked fine. Still a little subdued, but it has not been even 24 hours yet. Obviously, his mouth is just a train wreck. It looks good now, hope it stays that way.
He is on Metacam of course.
The big news is that he GAINED an ounce! Not much, but he didn't lose. Very happy.

Bookfan
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Post   » Tue Aug 10, 2021 11:38 am


Every ounce gained is a victory.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Aug 10, 2021 12:52 pm


Yes, that is encouraging! Yes, things like sores and irregularities can so affect their eating. It sounds like your vet still feels this can be worked out.

RubySimon

Post   » Tue Aug 10, 2021 4:57 pm


Bookfan-yes, it is!!!! I have was so relieved he didn't go down in weight this visit.

Lynx-she does not want me to give up. I have two vets that have seen him in this multi vet practice. The last time he was in, one specifically told me she checked his cheeks for sores and it was fine. And I do not doubt her. In just a few weeks, the points happened, I am sure because he is not eating hay, and then the canker sore occurred. Discouraging, but I pray this last visit will have helped enough to get him back on hay. Right now, he is not interested in the corn husks. But he has only been home just about 24 hours. Fingers crossed that tomorrow he is feeling more normal.

RubySimon

Post   » Wed Aug 11, 2021 9:14 am


HE WAS EATING HAY THIS MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It didn't look like he had eaten some overnight, but there was substantially more poop in his pen this morning than there had been. He just got his Meticam, and is eating veggies with a vengeance. I have gotten too encouraged before and then things went south, but I am hoping this is a turnaround for real and for a long time.

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