I am still so upset. I had no idea what happened. All day while we worked on decorating the house Penelope was just fine!!! I bought a new bed for her to snuggle up in while she is with me in the kitchen. She loved her new bed. I so love having her oinking around the kitchen while I work. I needed to go and get my kids from school, so I put Penelope back in her house. She has a new bed in there too so she snuggled right in and was fast asleep before I left.
When I came home I went right in to get Penelope. It was time to make dinner and she is my side kick after all! We are training her to go potty outside which she seems to prefer. So when I put her down on the mulch (her favorite place to potty and root around ) I saw the problem. She was unable to walk!!!!!! Both her hind legs were being dragged behind her!!!!!!! Oh my god !!!!!! What could have happened to her???? She was fine when I left but now she is trying so hard to pull herself around with her front legs which tired out very quickly and then she was not moving at all!!!!!
I have the vet on speed dial (thankfully) and told them what has happened. They had a full schedule but fit me in anyway (for an extra fee of course but who cares). I was back in the car with my sweet little Penelope in under five minutes. The vet is about 20 minutes from me so I had plenty of time (in rush hour traffic) to think the worst.
When I arrived they came right out and took her from me. I had not even seen the doctor but I could hear Penelope screaming her head off as they examined her. They looked after her so quickly!!!! I was pacing like an expectant father. It seemed like an eternity but in reality was only about 15 minutes before the Doctor came to speak with me. By then I (being the drama queen that I am) I had a horrid scenario in my head with huge dollar signs attached to it. Throw in my usual “why God why???” and that about sums it up.
The Doctor was quick to calm me making sure I knew that Penelope should be just fine (most likely). She suffered from anemia. He said she was born with it and it is very common in pigs. The way is shows itself in pigs is by loss of motion of the back legs. WHAT????? Why had I not read that anywhere!!!!!! Why is my poor pig anemic? I am feeding her the best food following the instructions to the letter!!! He said her Mother was anemic from her pregnancy and that was the reason. He gave her an iron shot (which cause her to scream like she was being attacked by a bear. He sent us home with 4 more doses of iron to be given by mouth every day for 4 days.
He said that she should be back on her feet by Friday. Only in extremely rare cases is this loss of leg motion anything other than anemia. He is not worried. Whew! Then he told me I will have to hold up her little butt so she can go potty until she gets her legs back under her. Uhm….ok. I have lots of free time in DECEMBER to hold up a pig but every two hours. Well…too bad because she is my pig. I will most certainly be found outside holding up a pig but! That my friends was a yet another sentence I never thought I would say.
By the way, while Penelope was at the Doctor she was weighed. she weigh 6.6lbs. I asked if he could help me know that she is in fact a micro mini pig (I have heard horror stories of people who thought they had a micro but it grew to 100lbs.) I was assured that if she were not a micro she would be double her current weight at her current age. I guess that’s good. I was a little worried.
It’s too late. I love her. If she were going to be 100lbs I would have to live with it. There is no way I could send her away. She is tiny just as she is supposed to be (thank goodness) A tiny pig dragging her little legs around. It’s the saddest thing in the world (ok maybe not the world…).
Whew! What a day!!! 3 weeks into pig keeping and I was already in the emergency room!!! This place is never boring….EVER.
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