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Posted in Memorials at 5:24 am by ACR&S

Oreo (rear) and Nini (front)On March 22 we lost another of our longest-term residents: Nini. Her name is an affectionate diminutive of her original name, Conina – she came to us in January 2003 (born December 2002) – the largest and bossiest of a litter born to the unsuspecting purchaser of a petstore pig. Her and her brother Oreo were both Peruvians – they have long, thick hair which required frequent brushing and trimming. They were both altered and we had them in the rescue for the longest time, but nobody wanted to adopt them because of the grooming requirements. Fortunately, late in 2004, adopter and foster parent Cyndi agreed to take them in long term. They’ve been with her ever since.

A few weeks prior to her death, Nini developed bladder stones – one became lodged in her urethra and had to be surgically removed. She was already weakened both by pain and just from being so elderly, and never really recovered. She is dearly missed by her mom Cyndi, her brother, and all of us at ACR&S.

We’re working with the local vet to take in a three-year-old piggie who was surrendered by her owners because they didn’t want to pay for treatment. They took her in because she was drooling, and it turns out she’s missing her upper front incisors. Poor kid. Fortunately, they should grow back if the roots are intact. Updates when I know more.

Pudge is still with us. His new pain med seems to be really helping with his arthritis, and the new antibiotic shampoo is making a huge difference on his skin. He’s regrowing fur in all the original bald patches, and we got the last of those giant scabs off his face. He lost a ton more hair on his back and but, but the skin looks clean and doesn’t appear irritated.We still have no idea what the problem is. I found a report in the literature of a half-a-dozen females in a breeding colony who spontaneously developed the same symptoms – crusty exudate or scabbing at the base of all the hairs, followed by hair loss. All progressed through the disease and then their hair grew back. Another source describes a similar situation and labels it as dermatitis caused by Staphylococcus. This is also the bacteria that causes bumblefoot in pigs, and he does have some of that (due to the arthritic deformation of his front feet). If that’s it, it’s pretty amazing that a simple staph infection didn’t show up on any tests, nearly killed him, and yet he’s recovering from it.

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