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ashley832
02-16-10, 12:09 pm
I seriously do not know what to do. Last August my Talla started crying while peeing. The vet couldnt get her in until 2 weeks later (which really made me mad). She had xrays done and found no stones. She had a urine test that showed high levels of protein and blood. The vet gave me baytril. She said just because she didnt see any stones doesnt mean they're not there/wont come back and that the stones could be caused by secondary bacteria, which the baytril would help.

After I gave her the baytril for 10 days she was fine until two days later when the problems started again. She went back to the vet and this time saw someone else. She told me Talla's oxalate levels were too high and told me to change her diet as well as giving me more baytril (this time with refills). I gave Talla only veggies low in oxalates and watched her closely. I had to have the baytril refilled twice and it still wasnt working.

I finally found a specialist in the area and went there. She sent a urine sample to a specialized lab and had two tests done. Both came back with nothing. She didnt know what was wrong either and gave me bactrim. I ended up giving it to Talla for 20 days instead of 10. She was problem free for about 3-4 weeks. She has started to cry a little bit in the last week or so but not badly..but it does seem to be gettin worse. In her cage, there has been some white pastey like stuff too. Last time this vet said if the bactrim didnt work we could talk about other options. She said she could give Talla some gas to calm her and then flush her bladder out.

So here I am now not knowing what to do. I will definately not go back to the first vet. The second one will be getting a call...my mom says maybe Talla is just a crier. *sigh* I have enough sense to know something is wrong and will make sure she gets the care she needs.

I have been searching for other vets that will see piggies but theres not many in WV. I have found one in Lexington, KY (about 2 hours away) that about 40% of their patients are pigs, ferrets, etc. If I dont receive an email back by tonight, I'm just gonna call them tomorrow.

Has anyone had anything like this with your pig? Any suggestions or advice?

Ly&Pigs
02-16-10, 12:46 pm
You say you've seen white pasty stuff in the cage. Have you felt those spots to see if they are smooth or gritty? It's important to know.

You say you've kept the diet low in oxalates, but what about calcium?

Can you list for me everything you've fed her and the amounts in the last few days?

In my experience, pigs don't just "cry". They cry or whimper because they are in pain.

ashley832
02-16-10, 12:58 pm
You say you've seen white pasty stuff in the cage. Have you felt those spots to see if they are smooth or gritty? It's important to know.

You say you've kept the diet low in oxalates, but what about calcium?

Can you list for me everything you've fed her and the amounts in the last few days?

In my experience, pigs don't just "cry". They cry or whimper because they are in pain.

Sometimes, yes, it is gritty. She's had oxbow pellets and grass and then a small amount of green pepper every morning. She will not eat many other veggies anymore (she hates the low oxalate ones).

ashley832
02-16-10, 01:03 pm
Oh, and another reason I have no kept with the low oxalate veggies so much is the second vet said not to.

Ly&Pigs
02-16-10, 01:07 pm
If the spots are gritty, that does indicate bladder sludge. You need to try to get her to drink even if you have to syringe water down her a few times a day to help get her bladder flushed.

Oxalates aren't the only thing that causes sludge or stones. They just bind with calcium to form oxalate stones but there are also other types of stones caused by calcium and phosphorus.

So the only veggie you are feeding is bell pepper? The more info you give us, the better we will be able to help you.

ashley832
02-16-10, 01:19 pm
If the spots are gritty, that does indicate bladder sludge. You need to try to get her to drink even if you have to syringe water down her a few times a day to help get her bladder flushed.

Oxalates aren't the only thing that causes sludge or stones. They just bind with calcium to form oxalate stones but there are also other types of stones caused by calcium and phosphorus.

So the only veggie you are feeding is bell pepper? The more info you give us, the better we will be able to help you.

Yes. She will occasionally eat a small carrot (maybe every month or two). I've tried everything I can think of to get her to eat other veggies but she just isnt interested in them. She's usually pretty good about drinking. I'll start syringing her some water also.