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Teddy’s not eating 😔

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I always give my pigs a little something before I go to bed. Last night Teddy wasn’t interested. He eventually ate half a piece of cucumber. He ate his dinner absolutely fine a few hours before. This morning he’s very much the same, having a sniff at the food but all he’s eaten is a green bean, a piece of chard and a pellet. I’ve given him a bit of metacam in case he’s in pain but I can’t see or feel anything obviously wrong. He is an old boy, approximately 6-7. I’ve made him an apt with a vet at 3:15, sadly not an exotic vet as the specialists have been furloughed. I’m going to mix some pellets with water and syringe that into him to keep his guts going. How often would you recommend I do that if he still won’t eat? He’s not really interested in his hay either :(
 

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I always give my pigs a little something before I go to bed. Last night Teddy wasn’t interested. He eventually ate half a piece of cucumber. He ate his dinner absolutely fine a few hours before. This morning he’s very much the same, having a sniff at the food but all he’s eaten is a green bean, a piece of chard and a pellet. I’ve given him a bit of metacam in case he’s in pain but I can’t see or feel anything obviously wrong. He is an old boy, approximately 6-7. I’ve made him an apt with a vet at 3:15, sadly not an exotic vet as the specialists have been furloughed. I’m going to mix some pellets with water and syringe that into him to keep his guts going. How often would you recommend I do that if he still won’t eat? He’s not really interested in his hay either :(

Hi

I am very sorry! All the best for your vet trip. I hope that it is something that can be addressed more easily. Please mention to the vet that you have given metacam.

Please follow the advice in our emergency and syringe feeding guides; you may want to bookmark them or the link to our emergency and crisis care collection.
We have made the guides as precise and detailed as possible. Ideally you feed every 2 hours to any piggy that is not eating and once or twice during the night. You are aiming for up to 60 ml in 24 hours but want to get as close to 40 ml as possible in an acute crisis.
Emergency, Crisis and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment
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Poor Teddy, hope you can find out whats troubling him and get him sorted and better soon x
 

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Thanks everyone. The vet said he’s a little dehydrated (it has been so warm this week) but thinks the main issue is bloat :/ I’m not totally convinced but will go with it for now. I have been giving them spring greens which they’ve not had for a while, not much but will cut it out just in case as that’s the only thing he’s had different. Teddy has been eating little bits throughout the day and does seem a bit perkier so fingers crossed the meds help. He’s been given ranitidine and metoclopramide and the vet wants to see him again tomorrow evening. Thank you everyone for your messages xx
 

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Thanks everyone. The vet said he’s a little dehydrated (it has been so warm this week) but thinks the main issue is bloat :/ I’m not totally convinced but will go with it for now. I have been giving them spring greens which they’ve not had for a while, not much but will cut it out just in case as that’s the only thing he’s had different. Teddy has been eating little bits throughout the day and does seem a bit perkier so fingers crossed the meds help. He’s been given ranitidine and metoclopramide and the vet wants to see him again tomorrow evening. Thank you everyone for your messages xx
Poor little Teddy. Spring greens were the one thing with my RB Rupert after he’d been unwell (with other issues) that set off his bloaty troubles too, if that’s the issue. Bless him, hope the meds help and he’s back to his usual self very soon x
 

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Poor little Teddy. Spring greens were the one thing with my RB Rupert after he’d been unwell (with other issues) that set off his bloaty troubles too, if that’s the issue. Bless him, hope the meds help and he’s back to his usual self very soon x
Aw did they? :/ I’ll definitely avoid them now. I very rarely give them anything cruciferous for fear of bloat. Thank you 🤞🏻he wasn’t interested in his dinner so gave him some critical care and he’s had a bit of a nibble on some hay. Just keeping an eye on him now x
 

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Aw did they? :/ I’ll definitely avoid them now. I very rarely give them anything cruciferous for fear of bloat. Thank you 🤞🏻he wasn’t interested in his dinner so gave him some critical care and he’s had a bit of a nibble on some hay. Just keeping an eye on him now x
It might be a completely different issue with Teddy of course. Rupert had eaten them for years then suddenly went really strange with them and got bloaty twice after he was ill so knew it was definitely them! I’ve only let my three have them a few times recently, not fed in a year as made me paranoid! :doh:
How’s he doing today? x
 

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Why is that? For the bloaty reasons etc?!
I have found it causes bloat and also soft poos. I don't feed celery either, as I've identified that as causing digestive issues too. I also limit the amount of cucumber I feed too, as that can make them quite gassy too.
 
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