- I dissent.
All my pig's skin issues have cleared up BTW, after eliminating all greens except for lettuce, and I have reduced the lettuce to a bit less than 1 leaf per day (usually red leaf). I'm convinced that pigs need A LOT LESS leafy greens than is commonly assumed. We went through years of suffering from scabby, flaky lesions on their backs, countless meds, creams, shampoos, etc. and vet bills through the roof before I finally wised up.
After leaving the vet's I felt like she didn't do much of an exam, just the x-ray, checking his weight, as far as I saw. I was so relieved and surprised to hear the x-rays showed no stones, I basically forgot about the blood. The other night I found another blood spot, and I just heard him squeal/grunt, possibly when pooping. Does anyone have any thoughts on what might be going on? I am tempted to go back to the first vet I was using. This one charged $112 for "exam" and x-rays. I have yet to see any of the vets I've gone to check their anal sacks or for things like sperm rods. But, I guess the x-ray would have shown that. I tried checking his anal sack, but an not confident I was very effective. I don't see any trouble down there.
I'm wondering if you could gently check it with a cue tip to look for fresh blood. Usually a lubricant is used to prevent tearing of the soft tissue. The lubricant might interfere with finding blood, if present.
Most worrisome is your observation that he was squealing/grunting "possibly when pooping". How many days has it been since you last saw the vet? Was it the visit you described about 12 days ago?
Meanwhile though, Henry, one of his mates had blood in his urine tonight. About a 4-5 weeks ago Melvin left a little pool of pink urine. I've kept an eye on him and haven't seen any sign of blood since that first time. Now this is Henry's fist time. I will have to see how tomorrow goes for him now. Can something cause a bit of blood in the urine as a one time appearance, and not be a cause for concern? Or is pink/blood in the urine always a problem?
After, maybe a year, he is now refusing to cooperate with the diet. Lately he's just not himself. His fluid intake is way down, and he won't take much by syringe, even when I sit him on my lap and try to force it. Whereas he used to take, like 30 syringes, 4 x a day, he's now getting about 4, 4x per day, in addition to what little wet hay he's eating. I'm also trying to get him to eat as much watermelon as he will take. At first I assumed it's a recurrence of the stones, but I did hear him sneeze about 4 x over the weekend.
I had him seen by an exotics vet yesterday. I got a really good sample of urine. She checked him thoroughly. He peed and pooped a ton in his box and on the exam table. She said his bladder felt thickened, but she felt no stones. They charged me almost $100 for the urinalysis. $30 for sediment only and another $62 for SediVue Dx,whatever that is. She said his urine was boring, exactly what she wants to see, with no crystals. She didn't even mention doing an x-ray. She thought he has an allergy, so I am to try an over the counter allergy med for 48 hrs. and check back.
Meanwhile he squealed with some pain last night. When he's not feeling well he sits with his face in the corner of the cage, and that was where I found him. I syringed some fluid two times during the night and gave him watermelon, but I don't know how much of it he ate. This morning he hasn't much appetite and won't take much liquid. I am thinking I need an x-ray, but would appreciate any input.