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Motility shot

jennag446

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Hi everyone! One of my pigs passed away last month from osteodystrophy. She got the diagnosis the day before she passed. We had her at the emergency vet, and they gave her some sort of motility shot. It gave her a little lump on her neck but the vets said that was all completely normal. From the time she got the shot to the next day, her health rapidly declined. Do you think the vets gave her the wrong dose and that could have contributed to her passing? I’ve heard a lot of stories of pets getting a dose too high or low of something, leading them to pass away.
 

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Hi everyone! One of my pigs passed away last month from osteodystrophy. She got the diagnosis the day before she passed. We had her at the emergency vet, and they gave her some sort of motility shot. It gave her a little lump on her neck but the vets said that was all completely normal. From the time she got the shot to the next day, her health rapidly declined. Do you think the vets gave her the wrong dose and that could have contributed to her passing? I’ve heard a lot of stories of pets getting a dose too high or low of something, leading them to pass away.

Hi!

I am ever so sorry for your loss and the shock.

Without knowing the exact state of your piggy, how much pain she was in, whether she was still eating enough on her or able to process food (probably not, hence the gut motility shot), it is impossible to say whether she was already dying or not. Have you been weighing her daily and stepping in with syringe feeding support once she started losing weight? Please keep in mind that silica rich hay makes around 80% of the daily food intake and is responsible for keeping the all important grinding teeth at the back down; you cannot control that by eye alone.

Osteodystrophy or 'satin disease' does not just affect the bones, it affects the whole body in so many insidious way, including for example teeth/eating when the jaw bones start hurting and crucial back teeth start overgrowing etc.
You can find more information on fibrous osteodystrophy (which has now made the jump to non-satin piggies through irresponsible breeding) in the chapter on satin piggies in this link here: What-breed-are-my-guinea-pigs? Picture-guide-to-common-pet-breeds

It is however very normal to experience intense soul searching and feelings of anger/failure or guilt. your mind very often latches onto a circumstance and puts two things together that are not necessarilydirectly connected in a desperate attempt to make sense of what has just happened.
Our grieving guide will hopefully help you to understand better what you are experiencing now and in the coming days and weeks: Death, Dying, Terminal Illness, Grieving and Bereaved Companions: Information and Support for Owners and Their Children

I am very sorry that the devastating news and death have both come so close together that you haven't been able to digest the first before the second happened.
 

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So sorry for your loss.
I can’t add anything except sympathy.
Be gentle with yourself as you grieve
 
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