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George unwell again

Jo83

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Hello
I came on about a month ago as 1 of my boys wasn’t well, he’s having exactly the same symptoms again, making a noise as he breathes, his head is kind of bobbing along to his breathes but he’s not eating & seems to have been in the same place all day, last time he had a course of baytrill & perked you after a few days. Trouble is my other boy can obviously tell he’s weak as he’s mounting him, George doesn’t seem to be able to do anything the poor thing and just lies there, should I separate them? They’re 11months old & a very well bonded pair of boars but I’m really concerned about George and don’t want him getting more distressed, I’m nervous about separating them as I don’t want there to be an issue when trying to put them back together, I rang the vets and couldn’t get him in but he seems to have gotten worse since I’ve been in work 😢I’ll be ringing again tomorrow & asking for an emergency appt.
 

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are there any other vets near you that he could see for an emergency appointment? even if it's not an exotic vet it sounds as though he really just needs to see a vet as soon as possible.
 

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Don’t separate them as that can also cause stress. You also have to remember that they’re in their teenage phase so there will be mounting and humping. Is the other boy the dominant one?

Start weighing George daily (at the same time) and topping up with syringe feeds so he’s maintaining his weight. I would also ring your surgery and see what out of hours vets are available. Else he needs to be seen tomorrow at the latest. Perhaps try ringing as soon as they open and tell them how bad it is. You could also send them an email now.

I hope you can get him seen soon. Healing wheeks.
 

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Thank you for your replies but he just passed away, I’m devastated, don’t even know what was wrong 😢😢
 

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I am so very sorry. When piggies go downhill, it can be very quickly. It sounded like George had an underlying issue. Unfortunately the only chance is a post-mortem examination at the vet, which may show up abnormalities with heart or the respiratory system but may not find much if the problem is something else.

You may find these guides here helpful for yourself and George's mate now and in the coming days and weeks:
Death, Dying, Terminal Illness, Grieving and Bereaved Companions: Information and Support for Owners and Their Children
 
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