- Supporter 2016-2021
My piggies used to get a few flakes every day and as far as I can tell there are no ill effects. I will probably go back to feeding the pea flakes once I find a new store that also has the other vegetable flakes I like to give my piggies.
This is the product I bought to possibly help with weight gain: https://www.chewy.com/exotic-nutrition-critter-selects/dp/246978, though Zuki doesn't like the dried veggies in original crunchy format. But I turned some into powder and mixed with her homemade Critical Care + baby food, and she gets it that way (depending on flavor of baby food; we have to rotate because she stops liking each flavor after a while).
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Example of this product:
https://www.exoticnutrition.com/Products/Veggie-Blend__21135 ... c-VB3EN.aspx
So folks don't need to reread: she turned 6 this past July, had calcium issues diagnosed around age 5 (stone removed this past May and sometimes strains/whimpers still), and has cystic ovaries (how this thread started). Not eating enough on her own, so I'm supplementing with syringe feedings (plus bigger portions of veggies than her pals). I do realize they lose weight with age.
What about giving her some corn? How much is safe for them to eat without digestive concerns? And what are risks? Would love to hear from anyone who gives their piggies corn as a treat...or if someone tried it for weight gain. Thanks!
- Supporter 2016-2021
I have read on here that piggies should only have the husk of the corn. We tried corn but darn too hard to cut we went to baby corn but none of the girls like it. If you have confidence in your vet discuss with them what they suggest. Wishing you both luck! Thinking of you both!
Jill was 6 1/2 when she had to be helped to cross over as she fought and fought. After 3 hours she had very little fight left. In 2 days she went from 810grams down to 677grams. Think it was teeth in the end as she opened mouth just a bit. I now live alone and could not get vet to do house call for 2 days.
Catie Cavy, I'm almost ready to try oats... still hesitant. Would that be less risky than corn? I'm not so concerned with "nutrition" since she's eating pellets and veggies, including vitamin C. I just don't want to add digestive issues to her list, such as bloat (been there with another piggy; not fun at all).
I will say -- since I'm not sure I mentioned yet in Zuki's post -- that we're also trying millet, which I read is high protein and fiber. She doesn't eat the "seeds" off the stem, as some other piggies have done, but I grind the millet + the dried veggies I mentioned (peas, carrots, sweet potatoes) and add the resulting powder to her Critical Care with cranberry juice. Lately I'm not giving veggie baby food much anymore because she seems to like the syringe feedings better without it.
The goal is weight gain without giving too much calcium or carbs/sugar that might upset her GI. So far I don't see adverse effects... but her weight is not improving (though perhaps she'd be getting worse without the supplements).
BUT interestingly enough, she's now growing back some hair within her bilateral bald patches. Do piggies grow more or different hair as winter approaches? I don't think her ovaries have improved yet am happy to see some fuzz sprouting without the hormone treatments.