Baby piggy (indeed 2 but one is ok) got from petstore (I know - it was meant to be a good one) at 9 weeks - but weighed 300g realised 2 days later had severe URI (both did - this one was less ill - still eating the other very very ill). Both got Baytril for 10 days, critical care, decongestant, and eye drops. Gave other piggies the infection too - my quarantine was not good enough!
Small one was OK (so far - touch wood), One in question was OK for a week then became ill again when we bonded the herd (after a health check).
7 days Baytril, and nebulising with F10 for 2 1/2 weeks ish (we started nebulising after 3 days as the baytril seemed to have no effect - the nebulising had an instant effect and she was better in days). again decongestant and Critical care. Guts shut down so ended up on Metochlopromide and zantac. 2 weeks after antibiotics stopped, 5 days after nebulising stopped and 5 days after metochlop and zantac stopped we have a gummy eye (same one which went gummy with each URI). She is however this time still quite lively. Not a hay poke, no ulceration vet thinks viral URI or hay allergy? We debated more baytril but with the need for gut stimulants too its not a great option so we have eye drops and will nebulise for 5 days. If she is still ill we will admit her to put her under for a swab and xray. they are reluctant to use anything but baytril and say if baytril doesn't work its not bacterial *sigh*.
Any thoughts - I don't want her guts to shut down again, I want her to be OK. I thought the swab may lead to a more effective antibiotic or a longer course - whichever is right - but they won't swab without sedation. someone mentioned antibiotics via nebuliser - is that worth looking into. What do we do next?
Sorry this is so disjointed - its been 2 months now so that is a very potted version.
- And got the T-shirt
Nebulized antibiotics can work, and don't have the same adverse effects on the GI tract. I've had pigs on nebulized gentamycin several times, sometimes with a steroid added if the problems have been severe. But if the Baytril hasn't helped, and if the gentamycin doesn't, it's probably time to consider that it may be viral or fungal.
Has she been treated with an antibiotic eye preparation? Maybe it's an eye problem, not a URI at all.
I mentioned trying doxycycline- told no you can't get the dose.
She has had 3 courses of antibiotic eye drops now. It may very well be an eye problem but she was snotty one time and her 'sister' absolutely had a URI - as did my older 2.
My gut is the antibiotic course is either too short or we need something else.
My boar appears to be wheezing tonight, I'm tempted to put them all in carriers tomorrow and drop them off ask that they all be swabbed to work out what on earth is going on. I had wondered if it may be fungal too.
And yes I need a new vet but I'm stuck on a small island.
Ointments stay in the eye longer than drops, which is a good thing.
It appears Fusidic acid is the active ingredient. Here's some general info that might help (the page mentions dogs):