This past month has had its ups and downs…
Friday February 24: Polly stood at the open gate and looked cautiously at the world beyond — Is it safe out there? It was the first time since the attack 10 weeks earlier that I’d invited her to come out of her pen for a walk. I pulled a piece of the chopped up apple out of my pocket to entice her. Pigs can’t resist their favourite foods, so she cautiously came out to get her treat. Once outside, things looked comfortingly normal and she settled into a slow walk to check familiar things out. We proceeded to casually stroll around one her regular routes. Polly enjoyed the walk, though lacking the usual running and cavorting abandon she would normally carry on with. For once I didn’t have to run to keep up with her. It was the day after she’d finished her antibiotics. She was recovering well and taking more of an interest in things including digging in her dirt yard.
A week later her blood discharge started up again and progressively worsened over the weekend. By Monday morning she had lost interest in her food – she ate only part of her breakfast and completely ignored her greens, something we’ve never seen her do before. She lay listless all day in her house. The vet immediately prescribed a fresh course of antibiotics. Polly’s internal injuries are still infected which is causing the bleeding, and quelling the infection is the only path to full recovery. The Horse Herbalist, Angela, also prepared two new herbal formulas for Polly, which she’s been taking now for a week.
With the new medications, Polly steadily recovered over the next few days and a week later she is back to how she was before the relapse. With continued treatment over the next six weeks we hope to see her continue to improve and stabilise.
Once again, thank you everyone for all the support and especially for the donations that are covering Polly’s ongoing treatment costs.
Many of Polly’s well-wishers have suggested x-ray, ultrasound, scans or internal probes to know exactly what the injury is and if some part of the object used to abuse her was left inside her uterus. Sadly such procedures are not feasible or physically advisable. Polly can’t be transported to a vet clinic, and vet clinics aren’t set up to restrain or handle pigs. There is a portable probe that vets use, but to try and restrain or immobilise Polly for this would be very difficult and immensely traumatic for her, with risk of injury to herself, the vet, us and the equipment. Some have asked, what about sedating her for the procedure?. Sedatives and anaesthetics are very risky for pigs, hard to administer through their fat layer, not always successful, and successful sedation can carry a risk of organ failure and even death.
Thus, our only real option is to keep Polly comfortable in a safe environment and continue the medication in hopes that the infection heals, and hope that there is nothing foreign left inside her to cause on-going aggravation. Only time will tell. What’s important is that she is not suffering badly and she’s content and has interest in life, people and can enjoy doing things that happy piggies like to do.