Friday, February 24, 2012

Who greased the pig?

Today's the big day – Wynonna and I are off to the veterinarian to see if we can find the squeak. For those of you who might be interested in hearing the squeak – and having your skin crawl (don't say I didn't warn you) – you can listen to this short clip, which I recorded this past Sunday:






I posted about Wynonna's squeaky condition on Wednesday. That very afternoon, I was sitting with the chickens discussing the matter.

Eugenia: Why is it so quiet in here today?



Minnie: Did the pig leave town? I don't hear her.



Clara: Maybe she read the blog and clammed up so she could get out of going.



Eugenia: Please tell me you didn't squirt WD-40 in her mouth.



It's the strangest thing. I have not heard Wynonna squeak for two days. For three weeks, the noise coming out of her mouth got louder and louder, and we were all getting stressed out. She was so loud that egg production fell off! Then as soon as I posted that I would be taking her to the vet, she shut up. How weird is that? Maybe a bad tooth fell out, maybe she logged on to my computer in the middle of the night and decided to keep her squeaks to herself. Whatever. I'm keeping the appointment and she will have her mouth examined, whether she likes it or not.

I'll try to update my twitter feed as today's adventure progresses. And of course you'll be able to read all about it, probably on Sunday. Assuming I recover by then.

27 comments:

  1. Well, now I'M very curious as to what has caused this, too. I wonder if she had a food pellet or something stuck in her snout that finally dislodged? Loose tooth is also a good guess.

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  2. I listened to the video. Different sound than usual I'm guessing. I wouldn't put it past her that she knows somethings up and is keeping the squeak to herself. Maybe she flossed? Good luck getting her to the vet, hope it all goes okay.

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  3. Oh, my! That's quite a squeak! I agree, she should go to the vet even if she doesn't like it!

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  4. Good luck, Carson. I hope all goes well.
    Best always, Sandra

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  5. Never a dull moment at the 7MSN eh! Good luck Ms piggy.

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  6. OMG! That is the same sound my cat makes when he wants me to feed him! It's the only time he makes that sound and he'll do it nonstop until he gets fed! Good luck to you and Wy. ~ Janet

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  7. Estella from Co.2/24/12, 7:01 AM

    Will keep you both in my prayers today, good luck. Hugs to all

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  8. Wow that's some squeak! At first I thought it was a soundtrack to the video but hmmmm...so weird!

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  9. Good luck with the pig transport.

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  10. I'm with Eugenia... nothing a bit of WD40 won't fix.... LOL

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  11. Well, now that's interesting. I've never quite heard anything like it before. Maybe you had some chickens performing dental surgery during the night?

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  12. That is a very strange sound. Good thing she doesn't sleep in the house. I'm curious what the vet has to say.

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  13. You did warn us about skin crawling, the sound gave me goosebumps anyway. I think you're right, it sounds like maybe a tooth ((shudders)). I hope the trip is uneventful and you get some answers.

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  14. Good luck to both of you!

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  15. Here's to a smooth trip and hurry home to the porcine princess. Of course you know there will be tributes to pay.

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  16. Don't even want to think what a challenge it was to get her into the truck. Hope you had help and that the vet report is excellent.

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  17. Carol in Colorado2/24/12, 8:56 AM

    Wow! It sounds like she has two teeth rubbing against each other. Hope the vet can solve the problem. Can't wait to hear about the results. Poor Wynonna.

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  18. Oh Carson, I wish I'd heard this earlier. That's an anxiety noise that pigs make - we hear it all the time from pigs coming into the potbellied pig sanctuary I volunteer with, and once they are settled it goes away. It's kind of like us grinding our teeth. I suspect something was upsetting her - perhaps a rodent or avian intruder in the barn, or Mr P scouting around the outside at night.
    It's possible her anxiety was due to something internal like bad teeth or a stomach ache, but usually they will show a loss of appetite when they are ill, not anxiety noises.
    Here's hoping the vet visit went well.

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  19. it sounds like she may have eaten another pig... =o)

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  20. I hope you can show the vid to your vet! It sounds like metal to me... did she get a screw lodged between her molars?
    curiouser and curiouser
    good luck

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  21. What the ??? Certainly worthy of investigation. Good luck!
    ~spotz58

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  22. That is quite the squeak! Do they laugh at you like they do me when you call the vet? I can just picture you saying "I need an appointment, my pig is squeaking!" lol

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  23. I hope the anesthesia is no problem for her.
    Good luck!

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  24. That is most peculiar! I do hope she's back in top form soon and that she just had a frog in her throat (figuratively speaking, of course). I know a frog wouldn't get past the chickens...

    Looking forward to hearing a good prognosis.

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  25. HA! on the WD-40.... it does cure everything, doesn't it? well, that and duct tape :)

    nothing like some teeth grinding to make your skin crawl: you did warn us

    glad you are home safely... look forward to hearing what the vet had to say!!

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  26. Was checking your twitter reports all day. Glad she's home and doing well. Hope the anesthesia wears off soon. I'm sure there's nothing quite like watching a pig with a little wobble on. Poor girl.

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  27. Anxious for a report on what the vet found. Nosy, ya know.
    ~spotz58

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