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by claire86
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: ascarid worms
Replies: 1
Views: 983

Re: ascarid worms

Hi, I've been off here for a while so apologies for the late reply! The situation may well have changed by now! Firstly, It's quite unusual to see a pig pass full adult worms. This normally happens after they have been wormed, so the worms die and are passed out. A worm burden is routinely diagnosed...
by claire86
Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Disappearing Piris
Replies: 2
Views: 2147

Re: Disappearing Piris

There are others on here who have had more experience of this than me but I do believe this can happen - genetically some have piris that are 'more attached' than others. Those who have piris that aren't very well attached, can have them drop off. When breeding, those with two piris are more desirab...
by claire86
Tue May 31, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pig producing too much saliva
Replies: 2
Views: 957

Re: Pig producing too much saliva

My first thought is something dental - a bad or loose tooth, sore or ulcer, damaged gum, something stuck etc. It would be very difficult to check the whole mouth without anaesthetising the pig. Less commonly there can be issues with the salivation system itself - nerve damage, swellings containing s...
by claire86
Fri May 06, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Bush foot - hoof rot - bumble feet
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

Re: Bush foot - hoof rot - bumble feet

Hi Koen, Sam asked me to help out on this one so I'll try! I have to say I haven't come across this in a pig but I see it very commonly in sheep, and doing a bit of research, it seems to be incredibly similar. True 'Bush foot' or foot rot, is an infection of the foot, normally only involving the out...
by claire86
Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: 6 year old very big kune male
Replies: 1
Views: 875

Re: 6 year old very big kune male

Hi Lundylou,

Do you know any of his history about why he may have these bald areas? Was he neglected in the past? Treatment would depend on cause - it might just need a good home and a good diet! Otherwise, ruling out skin conditions such as mites or lice may be required.

Claire
by claire86
Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Feeding
Topic: Copper
Replies: 1
Views: 1183

Re: Copper

Sorry, have only just seen this! In the commercial world, copper supplementation is very common in growing pigs as high levels will help to increase growth rates. In a smallholder situation, I would expect that most pig feeds would provide enough. Copper is a trace element in pigs so they actually r...
by claire86
Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:08 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Boar piglet with a head tilt
Replies: 4
Views: 1163

Re: Boar piglet with a head tilt

I can't help with your decision as I'm not an owner, but I have seen head tilts from middle ear disease in other species linger for many months and some are permanent...
by claire86
Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Coughing
Replies: 3
Views: 1331

Re: Coughing

Agree with Sam! If short duration and no other clinical signs, I wouldn't worry. Persistent or other clinical signs, call the vet!
by claire86
Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sow's milk appears to be drying up
Replies: 5
Views: 1268

Re: Sow's milk appears to be drying up

Again, there are more qualified people on here to talk about rearing and weaning piglets than me. I would say 3 weeks, which is the age of commercial weaning, is too young and would rather be looking at more like 8 weeks. But in that time, you can start introducing some feed.
by claire86
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Sow's milk appears to be drying up
Replies: 5
Views: 1268

Re: Sow's milk appears to be drying up

Hi! Few ideas: - does the sow seem uncomfortable? Are the glands swollen or hot? Is there an abnormal discharge from them? If the answer to any of these is yes, the sow has mastitis and will need treatment from a vet. - observe feeding time, see how the piglets feed. Normally each piglet will have t...
by claire86
Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Older sow bleeding from vagina
Replies: 10
Views: 4960

Re: Older sow bleeding from vagina

Hi, I'll see if I can help you :) Firstly, vaginal bleeding can either be from the urinary tract or the genital tract. If it was from the urinary tract, you would expect signs linked to a possible UTI (urinating little and often, straining to urinate etc) so it doesn't sound like this is the case he...
by claire86
Sat Dec 06, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lame pig really need help
Replies: 3
Views: 1386

Re: Lame pig really need help

What treatment did the vet give her last time? Could be something like laminitis meaning she is too painful to walk on her feet. This can be exacerbated at times of stress especially if she has a rich diet. Mycoplasma arthritis can cause similar signs but is usually associated with a deficient diet....
by claire86
Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:52 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: pig has stopped eating carrots.
Replies: 2
Views: 1498

Re: pig has stopped eating carrots.

Teeth, changes in taste or just a not very nice bunch of carrots!
by claire86
Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Epileptic male
Replies: 1
Views: 1160

Re: Epileptic male

Hello! I'm afraid I've not had any experience of fits in pigs but a quick 'Google' shows it may be a problem in pot-bellied pigs. I'll try and extrapolate from other species! How old is he? When did the fits start? What happens when he has a fit? Can you identify any triggers (eg. smells, foods, exp...
by claire86
Fri May 02, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: very sick pig
Replies: 5
Views: 1955

Re: very sick pig

Thanks for the heads-up Sam :) Few questions - do we know where the blood is coming from ie. vulva or rectum? Is it when she urinates or defaecates? Or does it just drip out? Any straining when she does so? Did this come on suddenly ie. within hours, or gradually, ie days/weeks? Is she due in season...