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PumpkinPunk

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Hey guys, there is a potential problem with my little girl, Kaia. I have a feeling that I already know what advice I'm going to get and am ready to follow it but I just wanted to see if anyone else's pigs do this and maybe it's normal and not the sign of a bad illness.
Ok. So Kaia has this weird kind of rhaspy air sound after she "wheeks" really loudly (usually at night when they know it's veggie time). It's like a loud wheek with a loud exhale of air afterwards, with no vocalization. This started 2 weeks ago. Her behavior is normal to what it's been in the 2 months that I've had her; she runs around and plays with her buddy Spike, she's eating, drinking, no diarrea, no nasal discharge, nothing else out of the ordinary. I just got back from the vet with her and he gave her a brief exam and said he didn't find anything too out of line (and her temp. was 101.2, is that normal?)but the best thing to do would be to get x-rays. I'm willing to have them done but I just wanted to see if anyone else has pigs that make this noise and if it's possible that it's normal before I spend $100 on x-rays. I hope this doesn't sound like I'm being cheap, like I said I am willing to spend the money if necessary, but I'm just a poor college student :p Thanks in advance.
 
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If you only notice it at night when she wheeks for veggies and her breathing sounds normal at all other times I would wait and just watch her closely especially if the vet didnt see anything wrong with her. If you see any other change then I would rush to the vet.
 

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Why is it that when advice is not requested (ie "one in a million pig" thread) it is given by the boatload and when it is very much needed (ie in this thread) no one has any input? :( (except you, Pennick! thanks). I have an apt for Kaia to be x-rayed on Wed but I want to know if it's really necessary or not...please throw out some thoughts...thanks.
 

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In my opinion you should just keep an eye on the pig. Most likely she is just out of breath or has a sore throat after all that wheeking and it has nothing to do with her lungs. If she shows no other symptoms at other times it is probably no problem. I’d hold off on an expensive x-ray for now.

To answer your question about where the advice you asked for was when so much unwanted advice showed up on the "One in a Million Pig" thread perhaps you should look at and think about when that was posted compared to when you posted yours.

The original "one in a million" post was made on a Friday at ~3:30pm. It only got one response that day. The rest of the responses happened during the weekend when there is no school, most people are off from work and have more time at the computer.

You posted at 8:00am on a Monday and by 3:00pm the same day (before most people are home from work or school) you were already getting impatient. Give it time and the advice usually comes.
 

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I think we're in different time zones, I reposted at 6:30 here. Sorry about the anxiousness, I'm just nervous about my girl :( I do understand what you're saying though.
I will keep an eye out. Would you recommend possibly separating her and her buddy, Spike, just so that I can monitor how much she's eating drinking or is that not necessary either?
 

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PumpkinPunk said:
Ok. So Kaia has this weird kind of rhaspy air sound after she "wheeks" really loudly (usually at night when they know it's veggie time). It's like a loud wheek with a loud exhale of air afterwards, with no vocalization.
This describes a sound one of my boars, Deuce, used to make. Except he would do this two or three times before actually getting out a "Wheek". For several months, he didn't even "Wheek" just the rasping sound. Sometimes he would open his mouth and nothing would come out. He has no problems now, and doesn't make that sound anymore. We never got a clear answer from our vet either, other than possibly a birth defect with the vocal cords that he grew out of. But that was just a guess. We did not do x-rays.
 

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Separating probably isn't necessary. If you are worried try to weigh her twice a day and maybe hand feed her her veggies. This way you can tell by her weight and how much she is eating from your hand how much she is taking in.

We are in different time zones. I’m on central time and the time stamp in the upper left hand corner on your post says 8:52am on my screen. You second post was stamped at 3:19pm.
 

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I wouldn't separate. That would cause more stress than help. Just keep an eye on her and if your really worried, go post on guinealynx in the medical forum. They might have advice there for you that we don't.
 

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Ly&Pigs said:
I wouldn't separate. That would cause more stress than help. Just keep an eye on her and if your really worried, go post on guinealynx in the medical forum. They might have advice there for you that we don't.
I already posted on GL, haven't heard too much yet but as Voodoo pointed out, it hasn't even been a whole day so I guess I shouldn't fret too much ;) If separating them isn't necessary then I won't. I will definately keep a close watch on her though to see if there are any changes in anything.
 

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I think when you're asking for medical advice it's a little harder to get a lot of responses because people (like me) just don't have a contribution to make. I'd like to help but if your vet can't tell after seeing your piggie in person, how can we tell when only seeing a written description? I understand GL has a lot more people who can help with medical advice.

Post something about piggie housing here though and you'll get a slew of responses.
 
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