Weight on our minds

630gm at weigh in this evening.

Everything else about today was good. Nutty ate well all day (non-solids) and seemed to relish his poop+vitamins+Excel+Yogurt mix. We'll just have to hope that the weight begins to build in the next few days.

Here's hoping x 

Published in: on March 27, 2006 at 10:43 pm  Comments (2)  

Nutty’s liver

Sorry this is short. I just wrote a full account of progress and lost it when saving. Now, running out of time this will have to be short, so sorry if it looks 'bland'.

  • Nutty's liver is probably not working well.
  • The vet has injected him to try and break it out of this cycle and head toward a full or more recovered state.
  • His weight in the next 10 days is critical.

4+ weeks in one corner of his house not running about or eating and being 'force fed' 4 times per day is not a nice life (also I think of it as almost a year if it were a human). We (the vet and Nutty's humans) are of the sadly realistic view, that after 10 days, unless Nutty's weight has shown a sustained and reasonably significant increase then we are going to put him out of his misery.

How can we avoid this and win the day with Nutty?

Well, we're now aiming to get Nutty's weight up through a combination of the injection, the regular feeds we've done before and also feeding him the crushed poops from healthy pigs to build the bacteria in his gut up so it works better and thus he gets more nutiriton and weight and strength and may get better.

We realised now we may have been doing more harm than good. We have been keeping his living space clean with 4 tidy's per day. This has meant he's had not poops to eat if he'd wanted to. Now we're leaving the place dry but not taking all poops out.

Ok. Run out of time (drat that crash and lost content). A quick question for the vet.

Morning and night is Critical Care and meds. Should we make the two day-time feeds into the poop+yogurt+crushed Excel etc or should it be 3 x C.C and 1 x poop per day? I am pretty certain it should be 2 of each per day and that's what we're going to go with until we're told otherwise.

Nutty weight 640gm this morning. We'll see where we go from here…

Published in: on March 27, 2006 at 11:50 am  Comments (4)  

Friday lunch time

That’s two perfect feeds (brekky and now lunch). Two perfect poop sessions.

Well done Nutty :)

Published in: on March 24, 2006 at 3:10 pm  Comments (5)  

Friday breakky

Nutty had a nice dry night, lots of super poops, pretty much back to the right size for a 100% healthy pig.

He ate his 20mls of C.C without needing to be re-wrapped once.

I gave him some salad leaves and I am pretty sure his teeth are troubling him – even the first 2 or 3 jaw cycles seemed to make him back away as if gagging, tho’ he wasn’t – the leaf was still 95% hanging out, I think he was finding soreness from teeth. I will certainly suggest this to the vet tomorrow. Indeed, the vet has the address of Nutty’s blog so she may read it here before I get the chance to explain :)

Oh, and weight was 650, it was 655 when he went to bed last night, so, that’s good.

Published in: on March 24, 2006 at 10:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Thursday after breakfast

Nutty at 20ml for lunch, tea and evening meal. So this was good.

His weight went up from 615 to 655.

Hopefully Friday will not bring a liquid blow-out and weight drop…

Published in: on March 24, 2006 at 7:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Thursday and back down the rollercoaster

Nutty ate 20ml (good) but had a very wet bed and had obviously just sat in one place.

Washed his nether regions (that were wet) with warm water and blotted dry.

After feed, Nutty was 615gm. Equal lowest weight ever, he obviously passed a lot of water in the night.

Put him out in the garden again, in the sun, in his run for 30 mins. He seems very uninterested in moving about even and does not appear to be eating.

Off to go finish the clean+disinfect of his house.

PS: Message from Nutty to Chrissie: hope you are feeling better today :)

Published in: on March 23, 2006 at 11:05 am  Comments (2)  

Thurdsay post #1 ~ an outlook less black albiet still uncertain

Nutty is as before, but, he ate two feeds today of 20ml each with less head-turning and upset than often before.

Also the vet has said that it often takes 2+ weeks for an improvement to occur.

Anyway, we’re off to see the vet on Saturday morning for a check up on progress.

Fingers crossed, still.

Published in: on March 22, 2006 at 5:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wednesday morning

With quite a lot of refusal, Nutty ate 17ml of CC. He would have been coerced to 20 but the syringe finally packed up totally and, yes, it was the last one (Oompa Loompa pre-ordering failure).

Poops good.

Weight 660gm.

We are now significantly of the opinion that Nutty is treading water, not heading out to open sea nor to land. He is also getting tired and not enjoying (ditto Oompah Loompas – though we would be totally re-fuelled by progress and/or by him ‘eating’ ie actively wanting food as opposed to fighting to not have it). He spends all the time (all) sitting in one corner of his house. He seems to be able to eat a small amount of solid (very small) and then stops, the solid is pretty much only narrow green leaves. He has not eaten hay (Timothy or otherwise) or biscuit for 4+ weeks.

The vet had said come back in 2 weeks. At that time we did not know what path Nutty would go down. We are now just over 1 week into this 2 week process and appear to be standing stock still. We are as sure as we can be, that Nutty will remain exaclty as he is now for the second week. So, we are going to call the vet to ask if we can see them sooner simply becuase we think Nutty is suffering (force feeds) and if this convalescence is not helping, perhaps a look at his jaw and more will reveal something that will not be helped by more force feeding but can be treated?

It seems to us that unless there is some miraculous change, a beautiful cheery little gorgeous Nutty is doomed to be force fed or to find an answer from the vet visit or to be put down (rather than starve if we stop force feeding). Perhaps he needs to be left in a cage house full of leaves to begin to go hungry in the hope he will eat? We suspect this won’t help as we leave fresh food at every feed and next feed it is invariably exactly as we left it.

So. This is an all time low. Going to phone the vet now and ask for an appointment this week, if they agree it’s a good idea. Also going to ask Chrissie if she has any thoughts.

Published in: on March 22, 2006 at 8:32 am  Comments (2)  

Tuesday night

Ate 20ml of C.C. with a lot of re-wrapping up in tea towel and quite a lot of head-turning refusal (as is usual now).

Weight this morning was 670gm. Weight now is 680gm.

Published in: on March 22, 2006 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Tuesday tea time

Could only get Nutty to eat 7ml of Cricitcal Care (only 35% of what he needs to ‘stand still’ or gain slowly, we think).

During feeding he is now, often very unhappy indeed, bulging eyes, turning his head every which way to not eat from the syringe. This feels very worryingly constant now, the lack of solids eating and lack of weight gain (treading water in the middle of an ocean).

He didn’t eat the whizzed up celery and cucumber I left. We tried to feed it to him and he was not very interested.

He ate 7 thin spidery-style salad leaves (he stopped eating at the 8th leaf). Refused a tiny sliver of carrot.

Poops good.

Day-time Oompah Loompah might be getting some contract work in London, so, no one to feed during the day… Worry.

Published in: on March 22, 2006 at 8:13 am  Leave a Comment