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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    So, a little update on Simon. Unfortunately not a great one, but not terrible either.

    Simon continues to do very, very well. He has come out of his shell in his new home, he's very vocal and playful and honestly is just a sweetheart of a pig. He and Leo truly are the best of buddies. His weight has been stable for some time now.

    Simon is oddly obsessed with cellphones. Every time I sit in their pen and pull out my phone to take pictures, little fluffy boy comes waddling over, sticking his nose in the air investigating. He will literally climb in my lap to get to my phone and will proceed to try and nibble on it. No clue why.

    Simon has never really stopped being a sneezer. Their hay has been rather dusty and I've just been hoping it's that. He's sneezed when hes been around me, but I haven't seen anything and he almost always immediately wipes at his nose with his paws.

    TL:DR

    Thursday last week, he was climbing up into my lap to get to my cellphone, which was pointed at him to take a pic. And he sneezed. And the back of my phone was covered in little green snots. He STILL seems to have a sinus infection.

    So, back to the vet we went, because when things get critical with my pigs it's ALWAYS on a holiday weekend, and I need to be safe rather than sorry. He was put on another 10 days of azithromycin to combat whatever this is. Other than that, he was given a clean bill of health and his vet and vet tech are very happy to see how happy and healthy he is.

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    So, a little update on Simon. Unfortunately not a great one, but not terrible either.

    Simon continues to do very, very well. He has come out of his shell in his new home, he's very vocal and playful and honestly is just a sweetheart of a pig. He and Leo truly are the best of buddies. His weight has been stable for some time now.

    Simon is oddly obsessed with cellphones. Every time I sit in their pen and pull out my phone to take pictures, little fluffy boy comes waddling over, sticking his nose in the air investigating. He will literally climb in my lap to get to my phone and will proceed to try and nibble on it. No clue why.

    Simon has never really stopped being a sneezer. Their hay has been rather dusty and I've just been hoping it's that. He's sneezed when hes been around me, but I haven't seen anything and he almost always immediately wipes at his nose with his paws.

    TL:DR

    Thursday last week, he was climbing up into my lap to get to my cellphone, which was pointed at him to take a pic. And he sneezed. And the back of my phone was covered in little green snots. He STILL seems to have a sinus infection.

    So, back to the vet we went, because when things get critical with my pigs it's ALWAYS on a holiday weekend, and I need to be safe rather than sorry. He was put on another 10 days of azithromycin to combat whatever this is. Other than that, he was given a clean bill of health and his vet and vet tech are very happy to see how happy and healthy he is.
    Ts & Ps for Simon! I think pigs sneeze for other reasons than there's a problem. So I quit worrying unless it's off or has other symptoms. Bella did 4 in row awhile back. Nada after and she's fine. I don't know why some people say jump if they sneeze. Like us especially low riders particulates can tickle their nose.

    Try and enjoy the holidays with your furries and family. First time it's alone for me. No one's traveling, with good reason, but still. Hoping for a much better 2021 for us all!
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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    I'm sorry you're alone for the holidays, Shonta. You have your little ladies to keep you company and if you wanna chat, we're all here!

    Simon is going to be just fine I think. I was warned, however, that after what happened to him to bring this on and the subsequent fight to get rid of it, that there may have been damage done and he could very well be prone to these for the rest of his life. Here's hoping that isn't the case.

    Otherwise, he's in perfect health.

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    Get better soon, Simon!!! He sounds like such a cute piggy... here's to a healthy new year!

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    Just a quick update on the floofmonster:

    He went through 10 days of azithromycin without a hitch. The poop soup as a probiotic worked wonders, and there were absolutely no issues with his appetite or his weight. His weight actually went UP for a bit, oddly enough.

    As it stands right now, he still sneezes VERY occasionally, but there's been absolutely no discharge and the one nostril that seemed to be the problem has been dry. He still snorts at me too, but I'm pretty sure that has nothing to do with any sort of illness. I think it's just piggy attitude!

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    New experience this morning.

    I usually try to sleep in Sunday mornings, much to the piggies dismay. By the time I get up, usually around 730 they are running around wheeking and waiting for their pepper treat. ESPECIALLY Simon.

    This morning, Leo was out. No Simon. Called him, nothing. He was huddled in a hidey and would not come out. Usually when I pick him up, he starts mouthing off. This time, not a peep. He was absolutely petrified of something. When I put my hand on his back, he started trembling. I put him in the tub to weigh him (his weight was normal) and he cowered there like he was about to die. He even tried to jump out of my arms.

    I sat him on the couch with me to eat his pepper. He cowered against the arm of the couch, and after some time he started to eat it, warily. After a good hour, he was complaining a little when held which is normal, and nibbling and licking my thumb which is also normal.

    He's hiding now but eating hay. I have no idea what happened, and I can't check my camera because after I got the new one I forgot to set recording. I have NEVER seen a pig act like this before, much less Simon. Leo was absolutely normal. You would have sworn Simon was an abused, traumatized pig by the way he was acting this morning.

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    It's totally normal. Pigs get weirded out about the strangest things, and it can take a couple of days for them to get back to normal.

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    Yeah, I've seen them get weirded out before and act funny. The only reason I posted about it this time is because it was so far out of character. Not even just skittish: outright terrified. I had to put him on the couch with me and hold the pepper to his mouth for him to eat it, and even then it was a few minutes before he even tried it. Eyes as big as saucers and shivering and trembling when being petted.

    Poor little guy. He seems to be coming around, but slowly.

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    Once Lacey scared herself when she popcorned while inside one of her hideys. The hidey flipped over and scared her so bad she hid in a corner for several hours. I wouldn’t have known what scared her but my husband happened to see her flip the hidey and then take off. Her eyes were like saucers and she was wary for a few days. Food usually does the trick and they come out of it.

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    I've had terrified boys before too! Recently it was feeding time, but Chico was TERRIFIED of the kitchen area and wouldn't come to eat with Amigo. He would creep over and cautiously streeeeetch his body over, and then flee. He wouldn't eat and stayed far away, while Amigo was acting totally normal. I thought something was very wrong with him when he did this.

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    @Guinea Pig Papa, I am wondering if Simon is back to normal today? I've been thinking about him and hoping that he's back to his usual happy self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelsie View Post
    @Guinea Pig Papa, I am wondering if Simon is back to normal today? I've been thinking about him and hoping that he's back to his usual happy self.
    He has improved, but we aren't there yet. He had his bedtime veggies from cover last night, and he did do a little exploring but was very darty, quick moving and nervous.

    This morning, again, he was not out waiting for me but he WAS interested in his pepper and ate it rather eagerly. Later on I sat in the pen with them to tidy up a bit and he climbed up into my lap looking for a treat.

    He's been out eating more today, in the pellets and in the hay pile. He's better, but still isn't vocal at all and still seems nervous. He's slowly coming around. :)

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    Poor little fellow! It's good to hear that he's coming around.

    At least he's not refusing his food. I made the mistake once of giving Casper his vitamin C tablet when he was in one of those mysterious paralyzed-with-fear-for-no-obvious-reason states. Well, he ate it (reluctantly), but it turns out he somehow learned to associate that tablet with fear-state and he has never willingly eaten it again! :P He used to love that tablet; it was his morning treat. I tried to get him to break the negative association and start taking it again, but he just never would. I eventually had to get a liquid vitamin C just to make syringing it to him easier. Goofy pig. :P

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    He still hasn't been out to greet me in the mornings, but tonight he was wheeking for his bedtime veggies. Leo's kind of been aggravating the crap out of him too which doesn't help. I'm sure it'll take a bit more time, but he's at, I would say, about 80%. He's such a little goofball.

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    That's wonderful he's wheeking at night again! I wonder if what ever happened that spooked him happened in the morning, and he associates that time of day with it? Has there been any kind of different noises around, or something he could have seen out a window, etc?

    Friar Tuck got freaked out in a similar way once a long time ago. Ever since we brought him home, he'd been around our parrots and within hearing distance of their talking and very loud squawks, and was remarkably unfazed by them. But then we brought home a new ringneck parakeet, and while he was quieter than our big parrots, he made an entirely different bird call/microwave beep kind of noise. And it freaked the poor piggy out! It took him about two days to go back to normal and not be spooky. But after that it never fazed him.

    And different species, but just a week ago our ferret Piper got completely spooked in a similar way. I swung open a closet door across the room from her (that I open around her every day) but opened it pretty quick and turned the light on at the same time. She bolted into her play tunnel and wouldn't come out for ten minutes, and for the rest of the day still startled easily and kept puffing her fur out like a cat. The next day it was like it never happened, and she hasn't done it since.

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    He's pretty much back to normal now. He and Leo were both waiting for me this morning and while he wasn't running around wheeking, he was active and his vocals have definitely picked up. I suspect by tomorrow morning we'll be back where we should be.

    That was definitely a new experience for me.

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    This really may not be a medical issue, but it's Simon's thread so it seems like the best place to put it.


    Does anyone else's pig go through seemingly temporary personality changes?


    I was guessing something spooked him earlier this year, as it only lasted a day or two. Tuesday last week, Simon's demeanor abruptly changed. Not terrified, just.....withdrawn. No wheeking at all which is VERY out of character for him. He's a big talker. So I monitored him as closely as I could. Simon has always been a big drinker but it seemed to step up a notch or two this past 10 days. A few times they have completely drained a 12oz water bottle overnight. It's brand new and leakproof so I KNOW they (mostly Simon) has drank it and the fleece underneath is relatively dry. They have a 2nd water bottle so they were not without.

    During this entire time, Simon has only wheeked once. That was last Saturday morning, just a few to get me to wake up. If I sleep in Simon usually wheeks his face off for his morning treats. I had hoped that after three of four days, those few wheeks were the start of his coming around. Nope.

    He has been eating fine. Obviously drinking fine. No problems with poop and weight is stable. All outward appearances are a healthy pig. The last few days he's been rather standoffish with veggies. He'll eat a little and then go and munch hay.

    Fast forward to this morning. I heard Simon wheeking a little bit just after 7am. Just a few wheeks, just like last Saturday. So I got up and as soon as he saw me, he went crazy. Wheeking his face off, running around a babbling. Just like he always did. Just like nothing had happened over the last 10 days.

    He again drained the water bottle last night, between 6pm and 730am. And there was more poop in the cage last night than I've seen in awhile. I'm just not sure here. I'm not sure if I'm overthinking this, or if there is something else I should be looking for.

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    Has there been any new sounds in the house at all? Even something quiet, or something different in the room? Or even a bird or something he saw out a window?

    Friar Tuck did almost exactly the same thing once. We had just rescued an indian ringneck, and we've always had other birds (parakeets, a macaw, and finches). Friar Tuck was used to all their noises, and didn't bat an eye even at our much, much louder macaw.

    But Periwinkle (the ringneck) made a *different* noise. Not very loud but very squeaky. And it freaked him out for almost a week before he got used to it. He acted a lot like Leo and worried me for the same reasons, until I put two and two together.

    Also, I've had them go through phases of eating more hay than usual, and then they drink more than usual because of it. I think the dry hay makes them thirsty.

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    Nothing new in the house at all. No changes. I did notice one odd behaviour, only once. If it was what I thought it was it would explain everything, but I don't know. Not something I really want to discuss. It's not a medical problem at all LOL.

    He wheeked for his veggies a little bit tonight. Hasn't done that in a week and a half. He ate more veggies tonight than he has been and hes back in the hay again.

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    Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    Bella will act threatened at times. No reason I can tell. I'm thinking since I get spiders in here that I'm not seeing the baby ones that is what spooks her.

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