I had him to the vet today for an x-ray because I feared he had stones, which he doesn't. The vet could find nothing wrong. Now when I've had him home for a couple hours he let out a squeal/grunt again. I wen to him and see a pellet that looks like he just passed it, so I think the pain comes when he poops. If it's not stones, does anyone have any thoughts or experience with other possibilities? He seems otherwise normal. The pain seems to only be occasional, like maybe once a day as far as I can tell.
It sounds like you will schedule an xray to check for stones.
Melvin's x-ray was excellent. She said everything looks really good and no sign of stones. She said vegetables can have the effect of making the poops more compacted. She was also in favor of of trying to get him off store bought pellets, and she recommended trying psyllium husk too. I plan to try this first, because it seemed to make a difference when he was on KMS v. Oxbow. I consider KMS to be a thing of the past now, even if they are still available on Amazon. With the apparent changes in the company, I am not so trusting anymore, and after looking into it a bit, I feel pretty good about making something myself.
I gave it to him for the first time today, and he readily ate it. If it seems to be working for Melvin, I plan to switch all my pigs over.
- Supporter in 2020
I hope you find a pellet replacement that works out and keeps Melvin healthy. Did she say anything about using Critical Care instead of pellets, or would that be similar to the pellet ingredients?
"Do not give multivitamins! Plain vitamin C is fine, but multivitamins are not. Excesses of fat soluble vitamins like A and D can cause serious problems for your pet."
One of the veterinary books I have documents medical problems caused by multivitamins (an excess of certain fat soluble vitamins).
Self-Assessment Color Review of Small Mammals by Susan A. Brown and Karen L. Rosenthal