Will someone please change the name of this thread to "Nikki's Medical Thread" (since there's supposed to be one thread per pig)?
Nikki's acting unusual tonight. I was out of the house all day today, and expected to come home to hungry pigs. The pellet dish was only half empty (it's usually completely gone) and the hay hadn't been touched much at all. I tried to pick up Nikki expecting her to take off running (she's very skittish), but she felt almost limp and made no attempt to resist my hands. I checked her out and she had no nose discharge, and although her eyes looked really moist, there was no discharge. When I put her back in the cage, she purred and scurried over to take a drink, but she wasn't wheeking for food even though it was her dinner time. When I gave the pigs their veggies, Nikki finally wheeked a little bit and ate, but she ate a little less than usual. The thing that bothers me is her stool. It has the shape of regular poop, but it's really wet and makes a mess if they step in it. The fleece was filthy where they sleep and I had to clean the cage earlier than usual. Every once in a while, she puffs up and squeaks in pain. She's wandering around the cage "talking" to Callie and eating hay now, and is acting normal again, but every once in a while she freezes and it looks like there's something wrong with her. I think she may be trying to hide that she's in pain.
Nothing about her diet has changed recently. She gets timothy hay, Oxbow pellets, and a cup of veggies a day (mostly just lettuce, green bell pepper and a baby carrot). Although, I've been putting empty toilet paper rolls in the cage because she likes to chew on them. They don't look like they have glue on them, and if I see any on there, I don't give them to her. I've been doing it for a while, but is it possible it's just now causing her problems? There's none in the cage right now in case that's what the problem is. Should I take her to the vet ASAP or wait to see if she gets better without the TP rolls?