We're spending a lot of time reassuring everyone that they're safe, but they're all getting paranoid and worried. Barley is the ninth pig to join our household and I can honestly say we've never seen anything like this before.
So, Barley is temporarily separated again. Barley and Milo were getting along well. I think we'll give them floor time. We're watching Frost to make sure there are no other serious health problems going on. We just don't need our senior pig getting sick with worry - literally - because of the new guy.
Results of the cage fighting:
Frost has an abraded/injured eye with minor surface wounds around it. It seems to be "OK", but we are to continue the topical opthalmic ointment on his eyelids for the superficial wounds, and we are going to give him some NSAID drops in his eye to help with discomfort and swelling. We are also going to keep him on daily metacam until the visit next week.
Barley has a swelling in his cheek, which I just noticed today as I was getting Frost ready to go to the vet. It feels like an abscess to me. The vet could not identify a wound, but suspects it was either a bite during a fight or a hay stick. The vet is taking this one pretty seriously, and is concerned about it. Barley gets baytril, metacam, and probiotic until his return visit, plus warm and cold compresses two to three times a day to try and get the lump to either erupt or diminish.
This reminds me when we first adopted Juanito and he arrived to mess things around with the girls so much, since they'd never been with a male before, so they started to be very sexually aggressive, both against him and against each other. Eventually they accepted him but for weeks Hairballie was sort of death scared of Juanito and avoided any contact with him! I even had to build a sort of extra cage for her on the second floor with pellets, water and hay, because she just didn't want to go to the first floor to eat.
I really hope this all had just been a scare for you two and that these injuries will be curable and easy to leave behind.
Yeah, I know it's a long shot, but he is so fricking beautiful that I simply don't want to have any kind of negative thoughts about him!
Frost's "scab" on his side turned out to be a scab with infection underneath it. I'm not 100% sure it's an abscess, as it could have been infection trapped under a partially torn off piece of hair+skin. I talked with the vet, cleaned the area and removed the matted infectious fur and dead skin, cleaned it, flushed it, coated it with a thin layer of the opthalmic antibiotic ointment, and started him on baytril.
Worst. Introduction. Ever.
It is weeping pus. I think it was yesterday, but I thought the streak in his fur was from the opthalmic ointment and eye drops.
He is on Baytril now, but I'm really very concerned about this one. It is right over bone.