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daj

Post   » Wed Oct 25, 2023 11:13 am


I have no idea what it could be, but later I realized it goes back a good while, because I remember him seeming to have something stuck in his mouth. He used to be the strongest pig I've seen. He was made of more muscle than other pigs. But he's had so many health challenges and been on a lot of meds. He was just at the vet for digestive issues, and now he also has bumble foot on his front feet, so yes, he needs to be seen. I've been trying to treat the foot infection topically for almost 2 weeks, because I don't think he can tolerate another round of antibiotics. He's still strong and chews/rattles the cage with 10x the force of my other pigs. The infection doesn't appear to have improved, so maybe there is no way around an antibiotic.

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Post   » Wed Oct 25, 2023 2:09 pm


Have you been soaking the foot? Epsom salts work well if you are very very careful not to let it get in his eyes, which may cause injury.
https://www.guinealynx.info/pododermatitis.html (see cautions on that page)

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Post   » Thu Oct 26, 2023 12:41 am


When Millie had the start of bumblefoot, the vet prescribed Mupirocin ointment and said to apply it 2-3 times daily. It worked well. Her front feet were red and puffy but she didn’t have any open sores.

I hope you get some help for your little guy, Daj.

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Post   » Thu Oct 26, 2023 11:42 am


It looks like mupirocin ointment is primarily used to treat bacterial skin infections such as staph infections.

Here's info on its veterinary use for dogs. Lots of detailed info:
https://vetlabel.com/lib/vet/meds/mupirocin/

daj

Post   » Thu Dec 07, 2023 11:28 am


I will mention this ointment to the vet. He's been on .1 ml Baytril for 5 days, and the swelling is actually worse. The vet aslso prescribed Vetericyn VF spray. It seemed to help a bit at first, but not at all now.

daj

Post   » Thu Dec 07, 2023 2:19 pm


The vet wants him off the Baytril and I can't do anything util an 8:40 am appointment on Monday. Based on the pictures I sent he is concerned about possible cancer and may want to refer me to an exotics specialist about 2 hrs. away.

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Post   » Thu Dec 07, 2023 11:42 pm


Have you tried soaking the foot? (I posted about this above, with a link)

Sorry to hear the swelling is worse.

daj

Post   » Fri Dec 08, 2023 10:24 am


Yes I have. I ordered chlorhexidine solution and Blu Kote spray. They arrive any time now. I see someone mentioned taking a culture. Do you know how this is done?

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Post   » Fri Dec 08, 2023 10:34 am


If you read the linked to page (https://www.guinealynx.info/pododermatitis.html), you will notice that Epsom Salts can very very carefully be used with good results (protect the eyes from the salts as they can damage them). You can get Epsom salts at any pharmacy (no prescription).

One can do a needle biopsy or a wedge biopsy (kind of self-explanatory) to see what is going on (examine under a microscope). I expect the matter removed could be cultured if it looks like an infection.

daj

Post   » Fri Dec 08, 2023 12:05 pm


I have looked at the info at the link, and I have been using epsom salt. It's not enough. He needs to be on an antibiotic. It's very difficult getting his two front paws wrapped. Are there any tutorials or tips you know of?

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Post   » Fri Dec 08, 2023 12:11 pm


This might be somewhat helpful:
https://www.guinealynx.info/bandaging.html

Do you have any photos? If you have any clear crisp photos, I can add them to your topic:
Image

daj

Post   » Fri Dec 08, 2023 3:28 pm


That is roughly what I'm doing. They took me in for an emergency visit. The vet squeezed some puss out of the right pad, and there was a lot of blood, which he thought was not typical and concerning. They will do a culture and gave 10 more doses of Baytril until the culture comes beck. It sounds like there aren't a lot of other options in terms of an antibiotic though. I will be doing what I can to keep him on clean paper over the fleece blanket. He is more active than other pigs in terms of bowel & bladder. It's hard to keep up with. I will send a picture. It's from October and there is more swelling presently.

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