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Recurrent Uri Or Allergy?

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Hi, just wondered if anyone can help with some advice?

My 2 year old boar Clive has been sneezing sporadically on and off now since about November.
In November he had a course of Baytril for a week, which seemed to help so the vet said to just see how he goes, but then just after Christmas I noticed him sneezing occasionally and rubbing his nose again. Nothing ever comes out of his nose (no snot or mucus) and his nose isn't crusty at all, there is a tiny bit of clear fluid in one of his nostrils after he sneezes.

So back to the vet we went and we were given a 2 week course of Baytril of which he has had his last dose tonight. However, he is still sneezing but I think I've noticed now that this mainly seems to happen when I bring him inside for cuddle time or floor time (he lives outside / in the garage), I can't remember hearing him sneeze while he's in his hutch.

So, I'm wondering if perhaps this isn't a URI afterall and maybe he's allergic to me or my washing powder or my deodorant or something? Is there any way of knowing?

I'm just not sure what to do next, the vet did say that if Clive was still sneezing after his two weeks on Baytril that she would switch him to Septrin but I'm reluctant to put him through the trauma of another course of antibiotics if its actually me or my house that makes him sneeze and not an infection.

Just not sure what to do for the best, any ideas?

Thanks x
 
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I always thought outdoor pigs should not come in for cuddles due to the changes in temperature. I will tag @helen105281 as she will know more.
 

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Piggyfan is right, it is not good to chop and change the temperature as it makes them more susceptible to illness. Is there any way he could come inside permanently?

If it is just sneezing it could well be allergy related, what is he bedded on and what hay do you feed?
 

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Hi, sadly my boys can't come to live indoors as my husband is allergic to them, so they have to live outside.
They get to come in every other day for around 30 mins for a run around on the kitchen floor (I turn the heating off before they come in so it is quite cool in there for them) and then sit on my lap for a few minutes on a towel or blanket. I've had piggies for the last 3 years (sadly my first two are no longer with us but they lived til 5 and 6 respectively) and all my piggies have had floor / cuddle time. I would really hate to miss out on that with my current pair of boys but if you don't think its a good idea then I'll have to think about that moving forward.

But back to the question, my boys have newspaper and hay bedding, they have Nature's own Devon Hay which is supposed to have the dust extracted, no wood shavings or anything like that, they also have a fleece in their bedroom that they like to snuggle in to. As I said though, the sneezing only seems to be when Clive is in the house away from the hay.

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I wonder if it is something in the house then like you say, do you have any air fresheners or anything like that?
 

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Hi, yes we do have a plug in air freshener in the hall way, and some of those reed /oil diffusers in the lounge. Hadn't thought it could be those, I'll try removing them and see what happens, thanks
 

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That could well be it, if he only does it in the house, let me know how you get on.
 
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