Pigjes' Pigs Piggadice part Pee ... oops, Three!

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:55 pm


Our pets can be infinitely amusing. One of the reasons we love them so!

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pigjes
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Post   » Tue Sep 28, 2021 1:50 am


Binky is such a lovebug! Ever since I treated his ear infection, he greets me by laying his paw gently on my nose and smile, when I grab him. He also indicates if he wants to snuggle on my shoulder for a bit when he gets medicated, by peddling his legs a few times, stop, and look very eager at me with a smile. He's on arthritis meds now for several months and doing great. I still add the daily curcumin/glucosamine/collagen/vitamin C after his daily meds, and he's able to scoot around like any normal healthy pig.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:25 am


What a special guy he is! I bet you love him to pieces! (American expression of great love!)

Bookfan
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Post   » Wed Sep 29, 2021 9:31 am


Binky is quite some pig!

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pigjes
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Post   » Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:41 am


Thanks both!

Binky sure knows how to melt my heart. At lap time, I gave him a piece of green corn leaf, cut from the field behind us. He chomps a minute, stops, hops up to my neck, kisses it with vigor, then goes back to eat! Never had a pig pause eating to come and kiss me before, hahahah!

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pigjes
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Post   » Wed Nov 03, 2021 4:00 pm


As I suspected, it was confirmed that Binky has Cushing's. We noticed a fast progressing change for a few weeks, it started with an abscess. We observed him the past 2 weeks carefully, as this was a difficult diagnosis and he was very happy still. But all signs were there and obvious: increased appetite, yet weight loss, round belly, obvious hair loss in patches without skin issues, increased drinking, thin skin, some depigmentation of skin, bad wound healing, thin looking legs, another tiny abscess appearing on his back. The hair loss had been going on for a few years now, it started on his belly. Last month, I noticed he had hair loss on his legs and it started me thinking. Now, his hair on his butt is really thin and patchy too.

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The vet looked into it, there are no meds available in Belgium. There is only a dog version, and it is not to be crushed, broken, or divided, as it's registered as "very dangerous" and can only be handled at pharmacists with an enclosed suction vent. So, there is no way to get a dosage for him. Luckily, The Netherlands sells a homeopathic supplement, which is supposedly successful. We ordered that, it should be here tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

The vet's intern had to chuckle, as he said she never saw a piggie before who listened to a caretaker and did as asked, totally impressed by how well he seemed to understand me, him kissed me for comforting him during exams, him being so well behaved and utterly adorable, heheheh. I told her he is really something special in comparison to other pigs we had indeed.

I told the vet that as long as Binky is happy, we will try and help him as best as we can. He is still very cheerful, so we are not giving up!

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Nov 03, 2021 10:24 pm


Dear Binky. Totally adorable.

I am sad to hear it looks like he has Cushings. I wish a treatment was available that could help. I am sure you will thoroughly research this condition and do the best you can for him.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Wed Nov 03, 2021 11:31 pm


Sending you and Binky our best wishes for a speedy recovery! I can't think of anyone better than you to care for him and his condition.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Thu Nov 04, 2021 1:33 am


I hope you can get a Binky on the mend. He’s a sweetheart.

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pigjes
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Post   » Fri Nov 05, 2021 2:29 am


Thanks everyone! His Chinese herbs should arrive today, they are a day late. They are called Cush-Shin.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Fri Nov 05, 2021 12:38 pm


Keep us posted. Binky's got a special place in my heart.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Nov 05, 2021 3:58 pm


Mine too!

I actually think he has a special place in all our hearts.

A most remarkable (and well-loved) guinea pig!

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pigjes
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Post   » Sat Nov 06, 2021 4:41 am


Thanks both!

The meds are now postponed till Tuesday, sigh. They could have walked 5 times back and forth on foot till then, as The Netherlands are our neighbors.

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pigjes
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Post   » Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:36 am


Update: after the first day of the herbs, I noticed that his skin color was remarkably better. I can only judge the pink part of his skin, but the difference was huge. Lately, his pink skin had a sorta red-purple tone to it on some parts and very pale on other parts.

The herbs are in pill form, very hard to crush and turn into powder very had to dissolve. The first 14 days, he needs to get a double dosage, so that's 8 cc / 8 ml per day. Instead of giving 4 ml in one go twice a day, I tried 1 ml first, waited for half an hour, then gave 1 ml more, waited a few hours, etc, so I spread it out during the day. I figured this would be less of a shock to his system, due to his heart issues.

He noticed that these meds were different from the rest. You could see the wheels in his brain turn the first time he was administered. He paused for a sec or 2, looked at me, I reassured this would help, and he decided to go for it a bit reluctantly. I had been telling him several times a day that he would get extra meds, since we visited the vet, he's not dumb, lol. I kept repeating that the vet would give extra meds soon to make him better, all words I know he understands. Not joking. I tasted it, it tasted like wallpaper glue, meaning bland. Don't even ask how I know how that tastes like, in my defense, I was 2 years old, rofl. He was not enthused to get more of it, but he's a good boy and just let it happen.

On day 2, he was very eager to get the herbs. This means it did something positive for him, as he's eager to get his other meds and supplements as well. Amazingly, his drinking returned to normal. His distended belly, which is also a sign of Cushing's, was gone. This was kinda scary to look at, as now you can see how much weight he lost.

Will keep you updated.

So, these herbs seem to have effect so far. His weight was 675g before we started, let's wait and see how that progresses. I manage to make a 3 ml solution now, which is hard to do, and give him 3 potions a day.

Weird fact: since Cushing's makes him eat so much more, he started eating hay. He likes it! Still think he has PTSD from hay, being attacked from other pigs inside it before he arrived here, but his chronic hunger made him get over it now that he's almost 6 years old and almost 4.5 years here.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Nov 12, 2021 7:53 am


Glad he has decided taking it is for his own good. Hope you continue to see some improvement. Regrowth of hair would be big.

Would you like me to permanently add your medical related pics to your topic here in the Chronicles?

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pigjes
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Post   » Sat Nov 13, 2021 1:23 am


Yes, please. Cushing's is rare, it might help others.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Nov 13, 2021 8:15 pm


Thanks! I added them above (swapped out for permanent images).

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pigjes
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Post   » Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:16 am


Update on Binky. The supplements make him drowsy, loss of appetite, dizzy. Although they obviously work, he had his last dosage this morning. We'd rather have a happy pig till his demise than this. He's very poorly at the moment.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Mon Nov 15, 2021 12:40 pm


Sorry to hear that. Sending you and Binky positive vibes.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Nov 15, 2021 7:40 pm


Sorry he is having these side effects. Will you try to dial down the dose and fine tune it to try to get benefits without so many side effects? Are these known side effects?

Three days ago you wrote, "The first 14 days, he needs to get a double dosage". What day did you officially start it?

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