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Laurenmay

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Hi,
I could really do with some advice please.

I have a 5 year old male pig called Bennie, in the last 4/5 days his bottom teeth seemed to separate, I kept an eye on it and he had no further problems, continued eating and drinking. This morning when I went to top up their hay I noticed he had all blood on his chin and couldn’t close his mouth properly so I tried to have a look. When I’ve looked I’ve noticed a Very big hard lump and it was bleeding (presumably he’s disturbed it when eating). I called the vets straight away and tried to clean it with a cotton pad and water. He’s not eaten or drank anything so I took him to his appointment and the trainee vet took him to look at. She came back out and said that it was a tumour and he has to be put to sleep, no tests were done or anything just straight up said to put him to sleep.
I’m just concerned as no tests were done and also the fact she was a trainee, asked for no other opinions And didn’t specialise in small animals. He’s got an appointment booked for tomorrow evening, so I’m just wanting some more information or advice from someone as I don’t just want to put him to sleep when he’s still himself characteristics wise. I’ve only just lost my dog on Boxing Day and My hamster in the past month so I don’t want to loose another one of my babies right now. Since coming home I’ve mashed some of his food up and he’s been eating that. I can supply pictures if needs be, just don’t want to upload them straight away as they’re not pleasant.

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I have no idea what it could be, but I do think that giving him what food he will eat and getting a second opinion from a more experienced vet tomorrow is a good plan. I'm so sorry you're going through this, especially on the heels of losing other pets. ((HUGS)) to you.
 

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Thank-you, it really means a lot as these past few weeks have been unbearable x
 

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I would definitely get s 2nd opinion from another vet. It seems a bit drastic to immediately go down the PTS route. Have a look at the vet locator for more piggy savvy vets. There are Forum Members in Manchester maybe one of them could recommend a vet.

You could start a new thread entitled "any good vets in Manchester?" or something like that. I'm sure you'll get some answers. Good luck!
 

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I agree with a second opinion from a more experienced vet.
If nothing else it will help put your mind at ease with the diagnosis.
In the meantime it's a good sign that he wants to eat.
If he struggles to pick food up you could step in with syringe feeding
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide

Did the vet you saw give you some pain relief for him? If nothing else at least you will know he is comfortable while you wait for the nest appointment.
 

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which vet did you use in Manchester?

I’m in Manchester and on recommendation of others I’m travelling with my boy to Cheshire Pet (Holmes Chapel). Their vets are highly recommended.

Though for dental issues I do travel to Kim and Simon Maddock at Cat and Rabbit in Northampton.

Really hope you can get some help for your boy. Thinking of you both
 

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I would get a second opinion too. You say his bottom incisors separate 4/5 days ago, it could be that the incisors have broken below the gum line and are moving around in the gum. Bacteria may have gotten into the cavity and caused an abscess? This is only a theory as one of my piggie broke his bottom incisor and it separated from the other and moved around slightly, the incisor subsequently fell out just after the vet appointment in which we had booked surgery to have it removed as it was very painful for him.
The Cat and Rabbit Clinic is definitely the best place to go for any dental, they are the best in the country
https://www.northlands-vets.co.uk/cat-and-rabbit-clinic
 

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I would definitely get s 2nd opinion from another vet. It seems a bit drastic to immediately go down the PTS route. Have a look at the vet locator for more piggy savvy vets. There are Forum Members in Manchester maybe one of them could recommend a vet.

You could start a new thread entitled "any good vets in Manchester?" or something like that. I'm sure you'll get some answers. Good luck!

Thank-you so much :)
 

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I agree with a second opinion from a more experienced vet.
If nothing else it will help put your mind at ease with the diagnosis.
In the meantime it's a good sign that he wants to eat.
If he struggles to pick food up you could step in with syringe feeding
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide

Did the vet you saw give you some pain relief for him? If nothing else at least you will know he is comfortable while you wait for the nest appointment.

They just gave me some Metacam but that was all. I'll try the syringe feeding him thanks
 

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I would definitely try to get a second opinion if you can.

Please use our Vet Locator Vet Locator to find one of our recommended vets. But for anything dental really most people contact Simon & Kim Maddock at Cat &Rabbit in Northampton.

In the meantime please step in with syringe feeding as he can’t eat for himself. Emergency, Crisis and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment

Not Eating, Weight Loss And The Importance Of Syringe Feeding Fibre
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide

Thank-you so much
 

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which vet did you use in Manchester?

I’m in Manchester and on recommendation of others I’m travelling with my boy to Cheshire Pet (Holmes Chapel). Their vets are highly recommended.

Though for dental issues I do travel to Kim and Simon Maddock at Cat and Rabbit in Northampton.

Really hope you can get some help for your boy. Thinking of you both

I used Vets 4 Pets, i'll definitely have a look into them 2 vets though thank-you
 

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I would get a second opinion too. You say his bottom incisors separate 4/5 days ago, it could be that the incisors have broken below the gum line and are moving around in the gum. Bacteria may have gotten into the cavity and caused an abscess? This is only a theory as one of my piggie broke his bottom incisor and it separated from the other and moved around slightly, the incisor subsequently fell out just after the vet appointment in which we had booked surgery to have it removed as it was very painful for him.
The Cat and Rabbit Clinic is definitely the best place to go for any dental, they are the best in the country
Cat and Rabbit Care Clinic | Northlands Vets

I hope it's just that as then it can be fixed and thank-you I'm going to have a look at that vets
 

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I hope it's just that as then it can be fixed and thank-you I'm going to have a look at that vets
You won’t be disappointed, they are amazing vets at the Cat and Rabbit, I’d get a second option from them if you can x They are not expensive either
 

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Oh dear. That looks painful. Definitely go to another vet. Cheshire Pet at Holmes Chapel or Birch Heath Vets at Tarporley are both good vets. If you can go to Cat & Rabbit at Northampton that is also great. C&R deals with dental related issues the best.
 

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Oh dear. That looks painful. Definitely go to another vet. Cheshire Pet at Holmes Chapel or Birch Heath Vets at Tarporley are both good vets. If you can go to Cat & Rabbit at Northampton that is also great. C&R deals with dental related issues the best.

Thank-you
 

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Oh gosh that does look bad, try and get a second opinion ASAP, that does look really painful for the piggie x
 
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