These sweet, precious boars are Zizzer and Sneetch. Their humans failed them. Badly. The kind people at Fort Worth Animal Care and Control (where they were dumped) saw that they were in trouble and reached out for help.
Both boys are severely dehydrated, malnourished, and had weeks (if not months) of poop caked on their feet. They are both suffering from scurvy - an incredibly painful result of vitamin C deficiency. Neither is able to walk properly; the scurvy causes joint swelling and pain forcing them to hop like rabbits if they are able to move at all.
Zizzer (the tan and white boar) is in such pain that it hurts him to be held. He also has a respiratory infection and head tilt with facial paralysis from an ear infection. His front feet are swollen two times their normal size.
Sneetch (the tri-color boar) has severe dental issues, with overgrown incisors that prevent him from eating properly. He is also infested with lice and has fungal infections. He has already had one seizure in our care, most likely due to pain.
They have been to see Dr. Champagne at Carrollton West Pet Hospital, and she is going to help us get them back in shape and out of pain. We are hopeful their damage is not permanent. They are being given subcutaneous fluids, are on pain relievers, and are being hand-fed Critical Care several times a day. They will be recceiving vitamin C supplements, and they have begun treatment for lice. They will also be on antibiotics and antifungals, and Sneetch will require further teeth trimming.
Treatment costs are expected to be around $500 including the office visits, medications, fluids, Critical Care, and initial and follow-up dental surgery and/or tooth trimming.
You can follow their progress here on GoFundMe.
We're partnering with Panda Express on Saturday, November 8, at their store in Lewisville across from Vista Ridge Mall on Round Grove Rd. Stop by for lunch or an early dinner, show them this flyer (in print or on your smartphone) and help raise money for the piggies, bunnies, and other small furries at our rescue!!
Say hello to our August piggies – mama Fawn and babies Blake, Tiger, Crystal, Taylor and Swan. Fawn was featured in April along with her best friend Jewel. These babies (plus one more who was being shy during the photo shoot) were born to Fawn and Jewel only 10 days after they came to Texas Rustlers. They were all very lucky to have been born into a safe environment where they would never face the challenges their mothers did. Given the proper nutrition and care, the babies grew strong and were adopted into loving homes.
Please remember that although baby piggies are downright adorable, we are categorically opposed to breeding. Not only is it dangerous for the mothers and their unborn, but it hurts those piggies sitting in shelters and rescues waiting for a chance at a forever home. Animals of all ages are waiting at rescues – please adopt!!!