We had it removed and are now giving her CC as she's not really eating anything yet. Suddenly we started to smell pus from her again so I took her to the vet for an examination again yesterday. Turns out that the scar she had under her chin that used to leak pus has now started to leak pus again. A bit of history about it. It's a scar from opening her up to be able to clean the root channel, when she had the first tooth removed.
Our vet is a bit perplexed, as the root channel for the two removed front teeth shouldn't be connected. I don't know what to think. Everything was finally going so good with Cherry, and now this :(
I actually don't understand what the problem with the second tooth is. The original infection seemed to go away after a very hard treatment with Zitromax. We have had no problems with pus for months. No signs of illness. She was eating really good as well. I just don't understand where this comes from, since the original infection + wound, seemed to had healed shortly after the Zitromax treatment. I fear what this may lead to, and I have no idea how to actually make sure that everything is in order.
We are really frustrated about this, so any ideas or input is welcome. She's currently on Loxicom and Baytril. I fear if the Baytril can't take care of this infection there might be no hope for her, since she almost died from 5 days of treatment with Zitromax. She really didn't take it well, and stopped eating completely.
Right now we are seeing some small signs of her getting better though. She seems more and more interested in food for each day, but it's hard for her to eat anything because of the missing teeth.
Her weight seems to have stabilized, but have gone down a bit the last couple of days. I've noticed that her droppings have been really mushy. I'm not sure why this is happening all of a sudden, but she seems ok. Still a bit worried about that.
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Also, how important is it to give Cherry water when she's only getting CC? I mean CC contains a lot of water in itself when mixed, but should I also give her something on the side? And if so, isn't there a real danger of getting water in the wrong tube when giving it in a syringe, since it's so fluid?
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On another note. Like I wrote earlier, we have been struggling with respiratory infections in Cherry. I think I saw something on the medical board about giving too much CC at a time using a syringe could get stuff into the wrong pipe of a pig and thus cause infections. I can't seem to find it now. For a long time we have been giving Cherry half a syringe at a time into her mouth, which is roughly 0.6 ml. It seemed like she could take it and that was her limit. But after reading the part I mentioned above, about the infections in the airways, I'm now not so sure. Maybe we have been giving her too much at a time. I feel so bad now :( we might have even made things worse for Luna in giving too much CC at a time. I can't remember how much we gave her though.
So as of yesterday I have been going down to not giving more than 0.3 ml into her mouth at a time and waiting for her to be done chewing before giving any more. This just makes every feeding session take close to an hour for approximately 6ml of CC. It seems really slow, but I don't know... I feel a bit lost right now :(
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Lacey was still eating some veggies, so I would slowly feed a cc or 2 of Critical Care, then offer a piece of very wet lettuce so I knew she was swallowing okay.
Right now we have increased the dose from around 8 ml every three hours to 14 ml every three hours, with a rest period during the night. 8 ml seemed to have her at a stable weight for some time, but now she has dropped to 790g, which is why we increased it.
Any advice on how we should proceed?
Should we give some water during the syringe feeding sessions? Should we give her something every two hours instead, so it's so much every session?
It's also very tiring for us, since every session takes more than an hour now. I find it hard to know how much I should give at a time. If I should give a little and let her chew, or give more at a time. It's clear that she doesn't like it as well. What's the best way to feed a semi uncooperative pig?
We are desperate! I really fear we are losing her. She's also alone right now, since we can't introduce another pig in her weakened state. The vet also agreed, since they would have to fight for dominance, and that's something Cherry can't do right now.