edit: small update, she just scratched her shoulder and then wheeked when she heard me cut a bit more pepper. When I brought it over she stood up on her hind legs for it like normal! Small things, and I know she's still likely to get worse in the next day or two before she gets better, but it makes me feel better when I see bits of her personality/normal pig behavior break through the perpetual thousand yard piggy stare.
Also, she just pooped and peed for the first time since coming into the house(she did a little of both on the way home in her carrier)! Woohoo! It is normal for the poops to be irregularly shaped at first, right?
Let us know how things go!
The vet told me to massage the drain area with a clean warm compress 5 times daily to keep stuff moving out. Will that accomplish the same thing as flushing it with a syringe? It wasn't till the vet had moved on to his next appointment that I remembered to ask about flushing, and the tech that was there just kind of shrugged her shoulders about it. I'm worried that it won't be as effective.
If I should be flushing the wound, is this the proper technique for doing so in this video?
Also... thank you all so, so much for all the help and advice you've been giving me. I don't remember if I've said so, but these pigs are my first pets, and this is the first time I've had to care for a pet post-op. I am so, so, so terrified that I'm going to accidentally kill her by doing the wrong thing or neglecting to do the right thing. I feel a lot better about making a decision after I've had a chance to hear your opinions about the situation. Thank you so much for being willing to listen to me and share your experience with me.
You are doing the best you can. Not rereading but is she on antibiotics right now? If it is painful, besides the putting in of the drain, there may be an infection starting. The compresses alone will not do it. I will try to view your image later today when I go to the library (better internet) and add it to the board.
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Ditto the advice you have received about flushing. You need to get sterile saline IN-BETWEEN her skin and the pasta-looking thing. A curved-tip syringe works best for this, but you can use a 1, 3, 6 or even 10 cc syringe if you don't have one.
Dentists often have them; they're given to extraction patients to clean the socket. See if a local dentist will sell you one (tell them what it's for), or just give you one.
She will NOT like being flushed, AT ALL. It hurts. It's necessary, though, to ensure the area granulates from the inside out and heals without sealing residual infection in. This needs to be done at least twice a day.
Warm the solution first by putting the bottle, or a cup of it, into a bigger bowl filled with hot water (a hot-water bath). Do NOT repeat DO NOT MICROWAVE it. Warming the flushing solution will make it a little less uncomfortable for her.
Keep using probiotics for as long as she's on an oral antibiotic.
Keep going. And keep us posted. This is a long, sometimes frustrating process, for both of you. Just keep going. One step at the time.
Also does anyone have any tips on restraining her? She is a master at guinea pig kung fu and has successfully beaten every hold I've tried so far and every towel I've tried to wrap her in with her tiny fists of fury. And then she headbutts me for good measure as she attempts to scurry off into the sunset. I'll definitely see if I can get hold of a curved tip syringe per your suggestion as I think I can use all the help I can get with this. I have discovered that she is made of jello.
The good thing though is that she's feeling good enough to struggle a LOT when I'm feeding and flushing her.
Her pooping has possibly slowed down quite a bit, or she may be eating most/all of her poops. She didn't leave any in the cage at all today until late this evening (I made sure to push Critical Care and water via syringe, and I massaged her belly a few times to try to keep things moving), though I did see her ducking under to grab some a couple times throughout the day. The few poops that she has left in the cage look pretty normal. She is still eating hay on her own, and she appears to still be urinating at a fairly normal rate, possibly slightly decreased but if so not by much.