Mange and Severe Pododermatitis

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:41 am

I just pulled a pig from the Silicon Valley shelter with the worst case of bumblefoot I've ever seen - even between Hollister and Nelson, I haven't seen anything like this. His foot is bigger than a quarter in diameter. He's also got a severe case of mites and is malnourished. I really think his foot is beyond repair and he will probably need an amputation.

I am so angry. He was a classroom pig. What kind of lesson is that?

Animal Control officers are being given documentation of his condition, and will hopefully be going to make a visit to the classroom. I'm going to press hard for this to happen, as this is totally unacceptable in my opinion.

I took pictures and I'll post them tomorrow. The shelter started him on baytril and I've already given him a foot soak. He's eating like a pig. I seem to be out of chewable vitamin C, I'll pick up more tomorrow and start supplementation.

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:45 am

That's sad. Seen too many neglected classroom pets. You'd think teachers or parents would know better. What are they teaching the children?

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:46 am

Poor pig. Thanks for helping him, and let us know if anything comes of animal control looking into his situation.

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:46 am

What kind of citation can the teacher or school be slapped with for neglecting an animal. you'd think this is just the thing to let the parents know about, considering that their kids were taught the worst way to care for an animal.


Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:48 am

When you think you're seen it all, something even worse comes along. I'm so sorry you have to deal with these sad cases of abused piggies Leah. At least he found you.

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Perpetual Pig Slave

Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:02 am

My childs afterschool daycare asked me about the advisability of getting a guinea pig. After I explained the housing requirements they decided that they didn't have room.


Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:53 am

I also had a classroom rescue, who was then dumped, and I got her and she had nothing but large masses of skin for feet, the vet never offered amputation, but I wish I had the vet I have now. She had to have a pillow like bottom to her cage so she could walk. Shes gone now but her feet were horriable. Im glad your taking care of her Leebee.


Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 2:58 am

Gentle pressure bandages can really help swollen paw pads. If the skin is open they would have to be changed at least daily.

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:22 am

I hope that Animal Control can pursue this with a favorable outcome. Maybe if the school district gets slapped with a summons and negative publicity, this will further deter future idiot teachers from keeping classroom pets.

leebee thanks for helping this guy. I hope amputation isn't necessary.

How is Nelson. Has he had his surgery yet?

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:30 am

I hope they do something about it too. Make sure you have lots of pics.

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:26 am

AC is proceeding with a criminal case. I talked to special needs yesterday. They already took photos documenting his condition, and I'm going to send them mine as well.

Here's the sweet boy.


You can see in this picture that he has a sebaceous cyst.





His foot is so swollen that you can't see his toes anymore, just his toenails.

His poor naked, skinny belly.

Who's your Branni?

Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:29 am

Oh leebee..It makes me so ill to see that and especially to think that that boy was in a classroom and somebody was trying to pass all that crap off as okay!

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:32 am

HOLY CRAP! How on earth do people let animals get like that? I mean, sure, maybe nobody SAW the feet, (assuming nobody took him out) but how did they clean his cage if they didn't take him out? And what about the hair on the back!

I hate to think a teacher will be facing charges, but PLEASE.. what on earth what he/she thinking??

The poor little guy is adorable too! I hope and pray he makes it! :s

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Just Do It

Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:34 am

OMG, that makes me ill. Thank you for helping this poor baby.


Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:02 pm

Oh God. That is all I can think of to say. Thank you and bless you for helping him.

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:23 pm

God that is sickening. People are such sh*ts. So glad you've come to his aid.

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:25 pm

That is so horrible. How long must he have been in pain? I"m so depressed today, sillycavies just told me that the shelter where I adopted Mattie has a kill rate of 46%...and it has the lowest rate of the big shelters. I guess I should have known, but I had hoped it would be lower.

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 12:42 pm

I am speechless. This poor pig. How could someone let this go for so long to cause this type of suffering is beyond me.

I hope somehow. someway whoever did this will get some jail time. Probably not though because it's just a "pocket pet."

I would love to personally confront the individual(s) who did this

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We miss our sweet Oreo

Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:03 pm

I am blown away. Who would allow something like this to happen? I have to wonder about how the children at the school are treated, too.

You're a wonderful person to take this one. Thank goodness he has someone who cares. I hope that this has a happy ending, although, looking at his condition, you have to wonder.

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Post   » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:26 pm

Holy cow. I don't know how you guys handle this stuff. You have had some pretty sick pigs, and just when you did not think you could see worse, there it is.

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