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by PollyRichard
Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Allergic to fungi?
Replies: 0
Views: 1829

Allergic to fungi?

We had a bit of a scare with our young gilt who had swollen eyelids and a spectacular swollen backend like a baboon! Thankfully all is well. It seemed to be an allergic reaction. Our field is full of low growing brown toadstools/mushrooms at the moment. I found a few which seemed to have been chewed...
by PollyRichard
Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dispatch and Disposal
Replies: 4
Views: 2196

Re: Dispatch and Disposal

Delighted to hear that our article might be of help to others. Thanks to Wendy for putting the pictures of Ted on the cover. A fitting send off. Wendy - was that Ted as a piglet in the snow in the picture inside the back cover too?
Polly and Richard
by PollyRichard
Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Straining to urinate
Replies: 5
Views: 2920

Re: Straining to urinate

Well, after a tough Friday, he's still with us. He struggles in the mornings, but over the weekend he improved as each day went on. He has also started to drink from his water now and then, something we hadn't seen him do for a week. He is currently having his normal feed replaced with Countrywide P...
by PollyRichard
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Straining to urinate
Replies: 5
Views: 2920

Re: Straining to urinate

Ted has made no progress after a week of anti-biotics, muscle relaxants, apples and a change of food recommended by the vet. It has been a week of emotional ups and downs and we have decided not to continue any of the medical treatment as it was stressful for Ted and didn't seem to have made any dif...
by PollyRichard
Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Straining to urinate
Replies: 5
Views: 2920

Straining to urinate

Hi, Our much loved 4 year old castrate Teddy Trousers is straining to urinate and the flow is drops and dribbles. No blood as far as we can see. We are following Wendy's advice by feeding lots of apples and some cranberry juice. The vet has been and started him on anti-biotics and an injection of mu...
by PollyRichard
Mon May 28, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Can a pig uncastrate himself!
Replies: 13
Views: 5319

Re: Can a pig uncastrate himself!

Things seem to be looking up. After a hilarious attempt to obtain the samples (straw bales scattered, me flat on my back) we decided to monitor for a week. The lump seemed to be becoming more focussed and shrinking. Low and behold, last night it burst with all sorts of goo. We've cleaned him up and ...
by PollyRichard
Thu May 17, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Can a pig uncastrate himself!
Replies: 13
Views: 5319

Re: Can a pig uncastrate himself!

The vet is pretty sure its not a hernia, but there is definitely a 'mass'. No temperature, so the next job is to take a few samples with a needle to have a look under the microscope. We're going to try again next week as Charlie's patience was at an end by this stage? Are such things operable? No po...
by PollyRichard
Wed May 16, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Can a pig uncastrate himself!
Replies: 13
Views: 5319

Re: Can a pig uncastrate himself!

Thanks for all your thoughts everyone. Our vet is coming out this afternoon, so we'll see what she says. I know there's only so much can be deduced without actually seeing the problem.
by PollyRichard
Tue May 15, 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Can a pig uncastrate himself!
Replies: 13
Views: 5319

Re: Can a pig uncastrate himself!

If it was a hernia would it be tender/painful? He is not bothered when we feel it.
by PollyRichard
Tue May 15, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Can a pig uncastrate himself!
Replies: 13
Views: 5319

Re: Can a pig uncastrate himself!

Re lameness. Ted is a slim boy now and hasn't limped in weeks. Hurray! and thanks Wendy
by PollyRichard
Tue May 15, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Can a pig uncastrate himself!
Replies: 13
Views: 5319

Re: Can a pig uncastrate himself!

Thanks Wendy - he seems absolutely fine. We'll keep an eye on it to see if it gets any bigger.
by PollyRichard
Tue May 15, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Can a pig uncastrate himself!
Replies: 13
Views: 5319

Can a pig uncastrate himself!

One of our castrated boy, Charlie, who is very nearly 3 years old, has developed a lump in the region of his upper right back leg in towards his tail. On closer examination it feels like a testicle (the plum shaped lump seems to move around inside). I'm sure this is what it is. Is it possible that h...
by PollyRichard
Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lumps on skin
Replies: 0
Views: 1359

Lumps on skin

Charlie's hair is falling out (not too worried about that), but he also has some small hard lumps (about the size of a 5 pence piece), mostly down between his back legs. The skin isn't broken. Any ideas?
Thanks everyone.
by PollyRichard
Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Hobbling Pig
Replies: 4
Views: 2775

Re: Hobbling Pig

Thanks Wendy. It's been going a few weeks now, some days hardly at all, other days quite noticeable. No sign of tenderness or distress. We'll try to slim him down a bit more, although he currently gets far less than Charlie and still seems to have a saggy tum!
by PollyRichard
Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Hobbling Pig
Replies: 4
Views: 2775

Hobbling Pig

Our two year old castrate Ted has developed a limp (front right). He has very poor posture (back on his heels), but we try to keep on top of hoof clipping and his weight. He did have a split between his back little toe and his foot where he'd caught it, but this seems all healed up. There's no sign ...