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Syringing Water - Help!

SDRB_TP

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Hey everyone,

Quick Q so my piggy unfortunately has an inner ear infection and can’t walk properly so she hasn’t left her bedroom area in the shed for the past day. Her water bottle is at the other end of the shed and I have a very strong feeling she won’t have walked herself over too it as her balance is so bad. I’ve been syringe feeding her water through out the day but I’m unsure on how much to actually give her because she doesn’t drink a lot anyway, but obviously I don’t want her to become dehydrated! Any suggestions are appreciated, thank you.

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Hey everyone,

Quick Q so my piggy unfortunately has an inner ear infection and can’t walk properly so she hasn’t left her bedroom area in the shed for the past day. Her water bottle is at the other end of the shed and I have a very strong feeling she won’t have walked herself over too it as her balance is so bad. I’ve been syringe feeding her water through out the day but I’m unsure on how much to actually give her because she doesn’t drink a lot anyway, but obviously I don’t want her to become dehydrated! Any suggestions are appreciated, thank you.

Poppy and piglet Lily x
Hi! You need to syringe feed both fibre and not just water to keep the guts going. Please follow the tips in these very detailed guides that show you step-by-step exactly how much and how to feed, as well as how you have to prep the syringe tip if you are using mushed up pellets in an emergency.

I assume that your piggy has been put on antibiotics? They will take 1-2 days before they kick in fully.
Not Eating And The Importance Of Syringe Feeding Fibre
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide
Administering Medications And Syringe Feed
 

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Maybe move the water bottle closer, or move her bedroom area near the bottle?
I can’t move the water bottle unfortunately because it is attached to some mesh, she isn’t mobile at all she moved a few steps every day so I think even if I dragged the bedroom area towards it she wouldn’t make the effort to go out and around (she sleeps in an open hutch with the mesh door fully removed) as she’d have to walk at least 10 steps to get out anyway n she had no sense of direction right now ☹
 

SDRB_TP

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Hi! You need to syringe feed both fibre and not just water to keep the guts going. Please follow the tips in these very detailed guides that show you step-by-step exactly how much and how to feed, as well as how you have to prep the syringe tip if you are using mushed up pellets in an emergency.

I assume that your piggy has been put on antibiotics? They will take 1-2 days before they kick in fully.
Not Eating And The Importance Of Syringe Feeding Fibre
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide
Administering Medications And Syringe Feed
Thank you for the link! She is eating like normal thankfully I’ve given her lots of hay and all her veggies and nuggets are in the hutch too she has been eating them all so she deffo hasn’t lost her appetite which is good, she wants the water I give her just concerned I’ll water her haha as I’m convinced she thinks it tastes nicer from my syringe.
Yeah she only started them yesterday, she’s on them for 10 days so fingers crossed she starts to improve soon!
Thanks again I’ll give it a look now.
 

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I can’t move the water bottle unfortunately because it is attached to some mesh, she isn’t mobile at all she moved a few steps every day so I think even if I dragged the bedroom area towards it she wouldn’t make the effort to go out and around (she sleeps in an open hutch with the mesh door fully removed) as she’d have to walk at least 10 steps to get out anyway n she had no sense of direction right now ☹
That's awful, unfortunately, I have no other advice. Sorry. :(
 
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