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Specialist Strange? Long term problem?

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Thank you for all of your help. I really appreciate it. He’s only a young pig, maybe coming up to a year old. Do you think there is any long term management options for him?
 

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Thank you for all of your help. I really appreciate it. He’s only a young pig, maybe coming up to a year old. Do you think there is any long term management options for him?
With all due respect and as much as I know how desperate you are for a clear answer, it is the one question I cannot answer, and neither can your vet. All you can do is hang on in there and hope for the best.
 

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Update: the vet called to say Odin is bright and alert. He said he is fine in himself, it’s just he’s not eating independently. He’s eaten some greens when fed and is syringe fed. The vet thinks he’s still got a sore bladder so they are changing medication.
They said when he starts eating he can come home
 

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Update: Odin is home! 😊😊💖 he was so happy to see us, jumped into my arms and purred all the way home. We still have to regularly medicate and back for a check up next week. The vet says it was definitely bladder related but he couldn’t quite figure out exactly what. But he’s not in discomfort now and we just need to keep up feeding and syringe feeding if necessary.
I’m so so happy. He was so happy to see his brother again too!
 

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Update: Odin is home! 😊😊💖 he was so happy to see us, jumped into my arms and purred all the way home. We still have to regularly medicate and back for a check up next week. The vet says it was definitely bladder related but he couldn’t quite figure out exactly what. But he’s not in discomfort now and we just need to keep up feeding and syringe feeding if necessary.
I’m so so happy. He was so happy to see his brother again too!
Please give glucosamine every day in order to support the urinary tract and make him confortable for the long term.
The contents of 1 capsule of Feliway cystease every day, dissolved in 2 ml of water. Give 1 ml twice daily to allow it to build up. It is a big help when dealing with any bladder/urinary tract wall damage (trauma).
 

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Please give glucosamine every day in order to support the urinary tract and make him confortable for the long term.
The contents of 1 capsule of Feliway cystease every day, dissolved in 2 ml of water. Give 1 ml twice daily to allow it to build up. It is a big help when dealing with any bladder/urinary tract wall damage (trauma).
Thank you, I will. Is it normal for him to still be showing some pain at this point? Occasional squeaking when passing droppings? Even though he’s had sludge removed and secondary X-rays where clear?
He’s on meta cam, cerenia and cisapride
 

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Also: it’s like he wants to eat but he’s struggling to chew. And he produces excess saliva. I’ve mentioned this to the vet before, but do you think I should call them back again?
 

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Also: it’s like he wants to eat but he’s struggling to chew. And he produces excess saliva. I’ve mentioned this to the vet before, but do you think I should call them back again?
Hi!

If the squeaking when peeing is still persisting, your boy may have a cystitis or trauma as a result of the damage done to the bladder.
Is Odin still on metacam and if yes, which dosage (cat or dog metacam strength)?

Have your vets checked his mouth and especially his back teeth? The symptoms could either point at oral thrush (a fungal mouth infection) or at overgrowing premolars and molars.
 

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I’m waiting for the vets to call me back as he’s not eating much, he nibbles at stuff but then starts chewing funny, twisting his head and pawing at his mouth. I presumed they would have checked his teeth whilst he was in. On initial assessment they couldn’t see anything wrong with his teeth, but this is definitely what he seems to be having problems with (his mouth or throat). Lots of excess saliva too.

his dosages:

0.9ml metacam (for dogs) twice a day
0.5ml cerenia twice a day
0.08ml cisapride once a day

He will take syringe feed from me and will gingerly nibble a tiny bit of kale. But won’t touch much and won’t eat his hay. When I present him with food or hay he’s really interested but then won’t eat it. He’s spending all of his time hiding too.
 

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Just spoke to the vet. He said they checked his teeth 9 days ago and that it’s unlikely to be teeth or fungal infection.

but he started chewing weird 3 weeks ago and it can’t be a coincidence that he won’t eat now. I feel they don’t believe me
 

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Just spoke to the vet. He said they checked his teeth 9 days ago and that it’s unlikely to be teeth or fungal infection.

but he started chewing weird 3 weeks ago and it can’t be a coincidence that he won’t eat now. I feel they don’t believe me
you are perfectly entitled to get a second opinion from a different vet if you don’t feel like they are listening to your concerns. If he isn’t eating then there is something going on that needs to be explored and addressed
 

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Someone on here suggested Daktarin oral gel for if it’s a mouth problem, has anyone heard of that? Is it safe to use?
 

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Tonight’s update: still sat hunched a lot of the time, but tonight is the most he has eaten in 2 weeks. He’s nibbled a fair bit of kale and gingerly had a go at some other veggies. He’s had a go at some hay for the first time in 2 weeks. He’s not hiding as much in the bed and is spending a bit more time out and around the cage.
Still by far not himself and still looks in pain. But I’m hoping there is some slight improvement there
 

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Night time check and feed: just got up for the hourly check. The first time in 2 weeks I’ve come down and he’s been eating away on his vegetables :)
 

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Update: Odin is eating! 😁😁😁 I still have the syringe feed on stand by, but this evening he’s eaten so much. He’s now eating his hay again, and fibre nuggets and veggies :)

I have also paid for a phone consultation with a specialist tomorrow just for a second opinion and some peace of mind that I’m on the right track with him
 

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Just caught up with this thread. Poor Odin has been through it hasn't he? It seems like he's turned the corner now.

It's so worrying when they're ill. Sending healing vibes from me and wheaky wheaks from my lot.
 
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