We have a male and female pig; you might have seen my thread in the medical forum about Abby's red feet. Bellpepper is a very outgoing confident pig who will come when he's called and follow you around the house. Abby is much more shy.
It dawned on me today that Bellpepper has many body positions - he sleeps all flopped onto the floor like a dog, he sits much like a cat's "bread" position - especially when munching hay. I don't remember Abby ever varying her position - balanced on all fours like she's ready to run.
We keep the sides of the cage covered in towels, and put hideys in the corners because Abby needs to hide. Bellpepper doesn't care where he sleeps (except he does prefer to be near Abby).
I wonder if her position has contributed to her red feet problem. It also begs the question of whether she sits that way because her feet hurt; except I don't remember ever seeing her sit in any other position in all the 2 years we've had her.
This is a fleece cage, btw.
We've been using the silvadene cream for about 4 days, and don't see any improvement yet. Maybe increase to twice a day?
If nothing changes in a couple weeks, then I'm going to start working from the assumption that the redness is caused by pressure sores...then get creative in how to deal with that. Maybe vet bed? Isn't that used for pressure sores in dogs?
I'm also wondering what would happen if I let the cage "go natural" - as in use straw or hay for bedding material. They love to burrow in a big pile of hay anyway. I wondered if the texture of the hay would mean that the feet would not have the same pressure point for very long as even a small shift in position would change the pattern of the hay it rests on. (Did that make sense?)
Note that the bandaging may in fact promote susceptibility to thinning of skin. Kind of like preventing a normal callus from forming.
It is one of the damned if you do and damned if you don't kinda things.