My first official thread here and it will be a discussion about whether I am the reason my baby pig died.
This is the longest story ever and if you want to know about the baby pig only skip to the last section.
***There is a pet store pig involved but I would really like this to be a discussion about the pig and not about where she came from.***
It all began with a rescue.
I have a co-worker that had a 2 pigs at her house because the husband decided it would be a perfect gift for the kids for Christmas even though my co-worker had said no when they had discussed it.
So she had asked if i would like them and I had asked my husband and seeing as how I have 4 dogs and 3 rats he said absolutely not.
I did tell my co-worker that if worse came to worse to let me know and I would foster them until a home was found.
The following week they went out of town and I said I would watch the pigs for them but she decided it was too much of a hassel and they left for the weekend.
When they got back one of the pigs had died.
This is when I told them I would foster the single left over pig.
At this time I should tell everyone I live in Texas and our summers start early and get very hot, very fast. Yesterday it was 101 degrees outside and my co-worker didn't like the smell of the pigs so they were living in the garage...
I used this little bit of info to soften my husbands defenses and then I brought the pig home and he fell in love with her immediately.
It was at this time I decided that she needed a new buddy because I knew she would be lonely in a new home and having just lost her friend so I picked up a baby pig.
Before anyone says it, yes I purchased the baby from the petstore, the closest breeder was 6 hours away and the rescues are pet store bought pigs anyway. I know a lot of people absolutely HATE petstore pigs but this was my best option and I did go to several stores and picked the store with the healthiest, best cared for pigs.
I had the baby for about 3 days before I started noticing that her breathing was labored. When she was originally brought home she was very vocal and playful so I began to worry.
I brought her into the vet clinic that was in the petstore, Banfield Animal Clinic.
The "exotic" vet looked her over, looked in her eyes, ears and nose said he didn't see anything wrong with her even though when you put her down it was obvious that she was having a hard time breathing.
He ended up giving me a pink liquid to give to her twice a day for about three days.
I gave her the meds and she started to get better and was running around again.
As soon as the meds stopped though she started going downhill again.
At this time I would like to state that I felt this vet was very inexerienced with guinea pigs. His answer to everything was pump the pig full of vitamin C and that will fix it.
I woke up one morning to find her literally gasping like a fish out of water for air and slightly cool to the touch and not very responsive. I had to work that day so I called my mom immediately and asked her to bring my pig back in and she did within the hour.
My mom was also very unimpressed with this guy. He once again said he could see nothing wrong with her even though she was literally opening her mouth to breath and gave me more pink liquid, this time the bottle was labeled with Baytril, and told me to go home and give her this twice a day for 7 days and then come back in for a check up.
This pig is obviously extremely distressed and you want me to just take her home and give her some oral antibiotics?!
That night she got worse, she was not eating or drinking and the gasping got worse. I gave her the meds and held her.
The next morning I decided I was going to take her to the vet and this time was not going to leave until they took her in and kept an eye on her themselves because I felt like I was doing everything wrong to take care of her.
I had to work on this day too but I went in, got all my work done and left at noon to take her in.
When I got home, she had already passed.
It is at this time that I realized I might have been my own pigs killer.
Is it possible to drown a pig in antibiotics if you give it to them wrong?
Was I not handfeeding the meds to her right?
I keep myself awake at night just thinking I may be the very reason that little pig passed away. I might have gotten it in her lungs and made it harder and harder for her to breath until her little body just couldn't handle it anymore.
And I have looked every where on the internet in hopes of finding some kind of answer to how I would know if I had drowned her. How would someone know? What would the symptoms be.
She died so suddenly and the vet said he could never hear or see anything wrong with her.
Did I kill her?