She is also now on gabapentin and meloxicam daily for arthritis pain. She has been slowly losing weight over the last several months as well, which I and her vet have been monitoring. This is probably unrelated, but a few days ago she suddenly began having trouble moving her back legs, one in particular. Just acting significantly stiffer than usual, not dragging the foot or limping or anything. She seemed to get better over the next couple days so I figured she must have strained a muscle or something.
Yesterday (Saturday evening) I noticed that she had begun developing another corneal ulcer, so I crossed my fingers that it wouldn't get too much worse over the day today and made plans to call the vet first thing Monday. It is worse today of course, but still only affecting the upper part of her eyeball near her eyelid so I wasn't going to call the emergency vet about it. Here's the kicker though, this afternoon I found a second pig had developed a corneal ulcer on one of her eyes (and I thought I saw a little bit of redness on her pea eye last night but didn't see any cloudiness or other irritation upon closer exam, so it is definitely new today). I have a herd of seven and checked the rest of the pigs- one other has an eye that looks slightly suspect so I'm going to keep an eye there as well.
So... question- are corneal ulcers really ever contagious(some underlying condition maybe)? Is this much more likely coincidence (my current batch of hay is not the best, perhaps it's just extra pokey and worth replacing)? Should I separate these pigs from the herd just in case while i pursue treatment?
I think you will have to bring these questions up with the vet and see what he/she has to say. Is your hay soft? Are there pokey parts? Abrasion and injury might also cause the ulcers.
Let us know what the vet says (and yay to being 7 years old!).
Tobramycin drops seem to be doing the trick for the eyes. Vet did also note some mild wheezing on Violet, so we're doing some bactrim to try to head that off if it's the start of a URI. No improvement there yet (I can hear it when the pigs get their nightly lettuce, she seems to start hooting while eating fresh veg- but not while eating pellets or hay). My gut says that the wheezing is age related and not due to infection but it will be good to do antibiotics anyway just in case and see if it improves.
Glad to hear the Tobramycin is helping her eyes. p.s. if you have any eye pics you'd like to add to your topic for future readers, I'd be happy to put them up.
This is the first time I've dealt with dental issues in my pigs- I'll definitely shoot the vet an email but any opinions/advice are welcome.
For readers of your topic:
Still waiting on the results of the necropsy. I'll update here if there's any unusual/noteworthy findings.
All in all she had a pretty good run, all things considered :)