the hay poke saga continues...

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pig11.jpg look at this cute innocent boy you would not think he could cause any trouble at all. little do you know he is a hay poke master mind determined to pick his moments to cause as much disruption and upset as possible. he is currently on eye drops for his 5th hay poke in 6 months this is the worst hay poke he's had and definitely needed a vet visit but he so cleverly chose to gouge his eye out only one hour after my fiance started coughing and we were plunged back into the deep dark despair of self isolation. for 3 days he has been stressing me out while I tried to arrange for someone to take him to the vet. today he got to see the lovely friendly eye vet thanks to my wonderful family taking him for me. this bundle of mischief has finally been put on pain meds and eye drops (I was giving him eye drops anyway that I had left over from last time) and now we have to beg our family's to take him again for a check up next week. he could not be happier he gets cuddles 4 times a day and extra treats because the humans pity him. he does not need pity he is a menace!

I have started feeding his hay in a tray instead of hay racks but I don't know what else to do. the vet suggested giving him alfalfa hay as it is finer and less pokey but I'm hesitant to do that because I'm worried about the high calcium content (the vet is an eye specialist not a guinea pig specialist).

sorry for the long rant this little rascal has been driving me crazy and I just had to get it off my chest. any suggestions of ways to prevent hay poke or tales of similarly hay poke prone piggies to make me feel better would be welcome.
 

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View attachment 152815 look at this cute innocent boy you would not think he could cause any trouble at all. little do you know he is a hay poke master mind determined to pick his moments to cause as much disruption and upset as possible. he is currently on eye drops for his 5th hay poke in 6 months this is the worst hay poke he's had and definitely needed a vet visit but he so cleverly chose to gouge his eye out only one hour after my fiance started coughing and we were plunged back into the deep dark despair of self isolation. for 3 days he has been stressing me out while I tried to arrange for someone to take him to the vet. today he got to see the lovely friendly eye vet thanks to my wonderful family taking him for me. this bundle of mischief has finally been put on pain meds and eye drops (I was giving him eye drops anyway that I had left over from last time) and now we have to beg our family's to take him again for a check up next week. he could not be happier he gets cuddles 4 times a day and extra treats because the humans pity him. he does not need pity he is a menace!

I have started feeding his hay in a tray instead of hay racks but I don't know what else to do. the vet suggested giving him alfalfa hay as it is finer and less pokey but I'm hesitant to do that because I'm worried about the high calcium content (the vet is an eye specialist not a guinea pig specialist).

sorry for the long rant this little rascal has been driving me crazy and I just had to get it off my chest. any suggestions of ways to prevent hay poke or tales of similarly hay poke prone piggies to make me feel better would be welcome.
Look at his little face! I’ve experience two hay pokes in 6 months with my girls. The first was not long after I got them and then the next was one of the babies. The babies one was worse as her eye was droopy and she had a piece of hay stuck. Since using hay racks I haven’t had any issues (fingers crossed!) but I give them meadow hay. I think you can give alfalfa hay, but I would be careful because of the calcium content. Also, I think alfalfa hay is best for pregnant/nursing sows as that’s what my girl was on
 
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