Mange and Severe Pododermatitis

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Who's your Branni?

Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:26 am

Geeezeoman. Hey its looking a bit better and smaller scab free. Thank yall for taking care of this good boy!

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Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:26 am

God, that is so terrible looking. That has to hurt like crazy to walk on with or without that scab. Poor pig.

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Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:35 am

I picked up some pain meds this weekend from my vet, so he's feeling a little bit better. I think it's also helping some with the swelling. I started wrapping his foot on Friday, so since it's wrapped, I'm able to use neosporin as he can't get to it and ingest it. The neosporin is what loosened the scab up enough to come off. Now the soaking is able to do some good.

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Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:35 am

Your pics are great (although horrifying -- I hope they will be EQUALLY horrifying to whoever prosecutes this teacher and horrifiying to the principal). I hate that this pig is going through this though. What is under the scab? Was it pus? What are you seeing? I ask because I remember Nina and how the vet tried to debride it and the toe that fell off. Vicki of JPGPR had a sow with a bad foot that was debrided and the whole foot withered away. Makes me wonder what you are seeing and if it should not be removed. I wonder if there is infection in the foot or something else is going on, the scab and infection only on the surface.

I am so, so glad this pig is in your hands. I hope he heals up.

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GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:46 am

It looks like hideous, nasty dead skin and stuff. But so much better now that the scab has come off. He has toes again!

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Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 11:49 am

I think it's pus and swollen tissue - but I honestly don't know. I don't want to mess with it at all. I'm going to continue the soaks and the neosporin, but I'm not comfortable picking at it. It's painful for him, and I really don't know what I'm doing. It did bleed some when the scab came off.

I didn't take the scab off either. The neosporin and soaking loosened it up and it came off on its own.

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Supporter in '14

Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:15 pm

It looks like necrotic tissue to me, not good. I am so sorry for the little guy. Thank God he has you and Josephine. At least it looks like he's tolerating the soaks well, I just can't get over how someone could let him get that bad.

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We miss our sweet Oreo

Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:41 pm

It does look better and you and whomever he ends up with (Josephine, still?) are true angels of mercy.

Idea for a name: Tim or Tiny Tim from "A Christmas Carol" given the they both are kind of crippled?

I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:17 pm

Ugh, those pictures are just heartbreaking. Good luck with this poor little guy. Thank goodness he's in loving, capable hands!

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Buddy-MJ-Kirk in '06

Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 1:20 pm

That poor little guy. He is so good to let you soak his foot. He must trust you - the lettuce helps too. You are wonderful to step in.


Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:31 pm

You said he was a trooper--how about Trooper for a name?

Bless you for helping him, he is wonderful and adorable.

You can quote me

Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 8:21 pm

His eyes and coat look noticeably better, also.


Post   » Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:06 pm

Josephine will need to find out if that white stuff is involving bone and cartilage or just dead tissue. Does it smell? If it doesn't smell you may be off the hook for infection. He'll definitely have to have it wrapped - I suggest a gel bandage to reduce the chance of stuff sticking to gauze. You can put a blob of antibacterial ointment on the wound before you put on the gel.

gel bandage, gauze figure 8 wrap around gel bandage. Vet wrap around gauze. tape around top of ankle to keep bangage on.

There is a spray available that enhances granulation on large surface wounds. Ask your vet.

Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:05 am

Honey. Honey is AWESOME for reducing edema and encouraging granulation. Much better than Granulex (the yellow spray we used to use to encourage granulation tissue). It'll help get rid of that necrosing tissue (the gray gross stuff) and is a strong antimicrobial.

I am making plans to pick up the guy on Thursday. We'll get it figured out. My vet will work him up the following Wednesday. I have a feeling comprehensive rads and bloodwork are in order. He will need the bloodwork periodically if we will do NSAIDS long-term. I'm planning on keeping him on systemic antibiotics and extra C definitely. Ivermectin, etc. I have set-up for a fleece-lined 2 x 4 C & C.

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Post   » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:06 am

Cool! We love you!

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Post   » Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:55 am

I would love to see periodic pics of the foot to show how it is (hopefully) improving. I so much want this pig to make it.

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Post   » Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:31 am

He is getting his foot wrapped now. He complains a little, but leaves it alone. He's such a good boy. I have been using gauze, I'll look into the gel bandages. The foot doesn't smell, at least not noticeably.

His impaction got better nearly overnight. Yesterday morning, he had yucky, stinky, clumpy poops. Now, although he needs help getting them out of his pouch, his poops are perfect and well formed. Maybe he figured out the hay?

He loves the organic mix from Trader Joe's, romaine, dandelion greens, red leaf, apples and oranges, but will not eat tomato or red pepper. He likes to chew on anything that he's not supposed to (newspaper, towels, lettuce bag). He stays in his soaking tub until I walk away and then he hops out the minute he can't see me anymore. He's quite the character.

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Post   » Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:09 pm

Those pictures are just horrendous!! I hope his suffering will help other teachers see class room pets are NOT a good idea!

He is adorable! I hope his foot can be saved!

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Post   » Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:27 pm

He sounds like he's going to be a pig with a big personality!

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Slug Whisperer

Post   » Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:26 pm

Wow, what a huge difference the soakings have made. I hope this little guy continues to get better.

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