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Why Isn't Rocky Eating Normally?

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Rocky is one of my foster pigs, he is about 2 years old. He was due to be neutered last week but I noticed his urine was a bit smelly and when I tested it there was blood present. He also passed some spots of fresh blood. The vet advised metacam and Baytril, at this point he was well and eating normally and not showing any symptoms of urine infection such as squealing.
After the trip to the vets he started squealing a bit when he passed urine, this lasted a day, and when I tested the urine again the next day, there was a lot less blood. By this time he had taken 2 doses of Baytril.
Despite his urine improving he suddenly became very quiet and subdued (not like him at all), he continued to eat grass and hay but has stopped eating any vegetables and minimal amounts of pellets.
I wondered if it was a reaction to Baytril, so I stopped it and gave probiotics and some gut stimulant, but 4 days down the line he is not improving, his weight is stable, although I am supplementing his diet with critical care twice a day. He is still on once daily metacam. He has also started being a bit snuffly. We are back at the vets tomorrow but I wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience?
I wondered if he had passed a small stone or some gravel as his urine is now completely clear. Very strange...
 

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It could be a stone/sludge or a bad reaction to the baytril. In some piggies, UTI can have quite a severe impact. Definitely one ot speak t your vet about and check whether there could be any issues. Perhaps you may want to consider switching to septrin instead and or have an x-ray done?
 

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Hi , it may be that he has a build up of calsium around his willy that is casing him pain /discomfort when he wee,s

If you have not alredy don this , Roll back the for skin untill his willy is fully exposed , and roll it between your fingers , this will break up the white/orange powdery deposits , then brush them off with a swab .
 

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He is a bit young to have a frilly willy or cauliflower willy as some call it , but if W
his willy has the apenance, of a cauliflower , then this may be casing him discomfort.

Would question the use of two antibiotics , this could well be casing him problems, and putting him off his food ?
 

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Good lad Rocky - sounds like he some temporary gut weirdness which has passed. Hope he keeps mending. :)
Yes, l am sure it was the Baytril. The vet wasn't sure if he needed it but thought it was a good idea as he is due to be neutered soon, l have never had a pig react as badly as this before. Thankfully his urinary symptoms seem to have cleared up. No wonder l have grey hair!
 
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