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I thought she was dying! :(

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My piggies have been having some great exercise in their new ball pit from ELC but I just got the shock of my life when my brother shouted out "WHAT IS SHE DOING?!" I ran to the ball pit to find Fudge laying on her back struggling to get up! 8... I scooped her up and her neck was twisted back like she was trying to scratch an itch with her mouth....

I managed to calm her down and she's fine now but what on Earth was she doing? :( She has cysts on her back and I'm thinking maybe she couldn't get up because they are so big? I'm off to vets with her tomorrow to see if they can do anything about the cysts, I was meant to go last week but didn't have chance to get there.

Anyone else found their piggy struggling on their back?! :{
 
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Aww, what an awful fright for you and Fudge too. I have no experience or any idea why she may have done this, rather strange I thought, but maybe it has something to do with the cysts.

Hope she's okay now, hope you get some advice from the vet.

Beth xx
 

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I've just found a scab on Fudge's back. :( I'm not sure what happened but I think it may be mites? :( I think she must have been itching that and then her cysts stopped her from getting back up. :( I will see what the vet says.
 

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Hope the vet can give you some answers tomorrow. Let us know how she gets on. Am sending some kisses for Fudge. xx>>>
 

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It sounds as though you've found the cause by yourself - if a piggy has mites or a fungal skin infection it can be so itchy that they look like they are having a fit when they are trying to scratch - even if it ends up with them cutting themselves or flipping over by losing balance but they still can stop themselves from scratching. Sometimes cysts can be irritating too so it may not be mites, but they are the most likely cause.

Thankfully you are going to the vet tomorrow and hopefully it can be dealt with quickly.

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Best of luck for Fudge - I hope that you can find the cause of her itchiness!
 

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Good luck at the vets with Fudge. You are doing the right thing taking her to the vets. I had a scare back in August with Erin, she was limping around and not her usual self but she was fine a few days later xx
 

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Thanks everyone, we are off to the vets in 10 mins! I'm taking all 3 cos I don't want any being by themselves even if it is for a short while, they get really upset. :( I can't take one without the others! ;) I have an excuse to get piggy number 4 now so that 2 can stay at home whilst 2 go to the vets. rolleyes :))
 

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How did the vet visit go? :)

Hi, thanks for asking. :) Well the big lump on her bum cannot be removed 8... The vet was very nice and honestly said that if they removed it there would be too many problems because there's not enough skin in that area. :( The other 2 can be removed but she took samples of them and they are just fatty lumps - thank goodness! She said that even if Fudge's big lump does continue to grow it till can't be removed. :( But she was very very pleased with her weight and said Well Done. :(|) So that's a good thing. All she said is that we can keep her comfy and give her a good life. xx
 

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That's great news. I am so glad it isn't anything more serious. I dread the day that one of my boys becomes unwell with anything.
 

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Did you get any advice about the possibility of mites? When I've had a pig have a seizure they normally end up on their side - the only ones who ended up on their back were flipping over from being so determined to bite at their itchy backs that they went over.

Is there any evidence of a stroke? Head tilted to one side or lameness? Dropping food when trying to eat?

Just throwing some ideas in to see if anything fits. If you have any additional info it may help pin it down.

Suzy x
 

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I'm sorry the vet can't help Fudge but it's obvious you're taking great care of her. Did they say if they thought she had mites?

Was she in the indoor run again when you found her on her back just now or in her hutch?
 

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I'm sorry the vet can't help Fudge but it's obvious you're taking great care of her. Did they say if they thought she had mites?

Was she in the indoor run again when you found her on her back just now or in her hutch?

She didn't see any mites. She was in her indoor run. :(
 

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Did you get any advice about the possibility of mites? When I've had a pig have a seizure they normally end up on their side - the only ones who ended up on their back were flipping over from being so determined to bite at their itchy backs that they went over.

Is there any evidence of a stroke? Head tilted to one side or lameness? Dropping food when trying to eat?

Just throwing some ideas in to see if anything fits. If you have any additional info it may help pin it down.

Suzy x

Thanks, I don't think she had a stroke but I think she might have had a bad itch and fell onto her back. The problem is that she struggles to get back up! 8...
 
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