Anyone have thoughts on the Oxbow Essentials, pig's distaste for Garden select or any other pellet recommendations? I wish Oxbow would drop what seems like a marketing gimmick with the strong herbal smell in the Garden Select. I think it puts pigs off.
I've also been using orchard grass due to the scarcity of timothy. My vet said that could be an issue with the impaction as well, so I am now buying bagged timothy in addition to orchard by the bale. It's not much fun paying $2+ per pound vs. $0.25.
And lastly, here is a question I even hate to ask, but here goes: The vet has recommended canned pumpkin, saying it's pure fiber, to help with the impaction. I can't see how cooked food could help with a pig's transit time. He's mentioned it twice now, and he is an exotics vet who is very knowledgeable and experienced. Any thoughts on this? My pigs will eat raw winter squash in small amounts, but I wouldn't expect it to be especially helpful to digestion, so I can't imagine that a cooked squash would advisable. I'd think it would have the opposite effect of impairing a pig's digestion.
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Senior males, particularly intact ones, often have problems with impaction, and I'm not sure fiber is going to help. How often are you cleaning him out?
Since KMS went under, Oxbow Essentials is about the best choice in the U.S. And a senior pig shouldn't be eating many pellets anyway -- no more than two tablespoons a day.
I also did not know older pigs should eat less pellets.
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I have no idea how much you could use for a pig though. My 14 lb cat gets 1/3 tsp twice a day. But if you ask the vet, maybe they could tell you. I have no idea if it would help with impaction in a pig though. As bpatters said, it is just what happens with intact senior males. My neutered male who was fairly old when he died, never impacted..
None of my exotics would touch the Oxbow Garden Select. I went back to the regular type. Small Pet Select is supposed to make good products. Have not tried it though.
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As far as pellets, I feed Oxbow Essentials. I liked the herbal smell of the Garden Select, but my piggies didn't liked them. I tried mixing them but piggies have a good nose. They picked out the Essentials and left the Garden Select.