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by claire86
Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ideal Weight
Replies: 4
Views: 2989

Re: Ideal Weight

Hi all! I'm afraid I might not be much help on this topic, I'm sure there's much more pig-experienced people on here that would be more knowledgeable on ideal pig-weights! However... I am guessing the hormonal cycles in a gilt and sow may make them prone to weight gain but then perhaps castration mi...
by claire86
Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lameness
Replies: 5
Views: 3537

Re: Lameness

Good luck with her :) hope she comes right!

Claire
by claire86
Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Lameness
Replies: 5
Views: 3537

Re: Lameness

If you're certain it is a sprain/strain, then I would be exploring possible oral anti-inflammatories such as finadyne granules, phenylbutazone sachets or even meloxicam oral liquid - all OFF LICENSE in pigs, especially phenylbutazone which MUST NOT enter the food chain. The second lot of injections ...
by claire86
Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: Health
Topic: Lameness
Replies: 5
Views: 3537

Re: Lameness

Hi Anna! First thing I'll say is I'm not a specialist pig vet - just a mixed practice vet with a hobby-interest in pigs! Lamenesses can be due to infectious or non-infectious causes. Infectious causes will often have other symptoms, for example being off food, skin lesions, swellings or having a fev...
by claire86
Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: injections
Replies: 4
Views: 3123

Re: injections

I presume you mean when is the earliest the piglets can be vaccinated against ery? I'm more familiar with the Porcilis vaccines which state 'from 6 weeks of age' - two vaccinations 4 weeks apart. This should then be boostered every 6 months. For sows, this can be during lactation, weaning or during ...
by claire86
Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pigs off colour
Replies: 8
Views: 3790

Re: Pigs off colour

Very common for animals of all species to be a little off colour for 24-48hrs after having a vaccination, especially if it's a live vaccine. Lethargy, inappetance and slight temperature would be the most common signs. If the signs persist for more than 24hrs, call the vet for advice. If the signs ar...
by claire86
Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: balding sow
Replies: 5
Views: 5081

Re: balding sow

Presuming there are no obvious skin lesions or abnormalities, my approach would be to rule out skin parasites or infections by way of skin scrapes, hair plucks, tape impressions, swabs etc. If these are clear, I would focus on systemic possibilities, however, in this case, two pigs are affected at t...
by claire86
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Kunekune has stopped eating grass
Replies: 4
Views: 3702

Re: Kunekune has stopped eating grass

Any more history - any diarrhoea? Change in diet? Changes to environment? Weight loss in animals is due to one of three things - insufficient nutrition, malabsorption or malassimilation. There may be a degree of insufficient nutrition here - she isn't eating grass, however she is eating other foods....
by claire86
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: mite
Replies: 2
Views: 2325

Re: mite

Hi, It's much more likely to be a louse or tick rather than a mite. Google both these to see pictures. Mites are generally microscopic. Lice are most commonly treated with ivermectin, often given by injection. Ticks can be removed manually. Lice are transferred pig-to-pig only so they will have pick...
by claire86
Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Please Help...!
Replies: 11
Views: 5263

Re: Please Help...!

I'm here! :D Firstly, the little girl pig - as The Rushbury Pig said, you're unlikely to get a proper diagnosis without a post mortem but I understand this can be distressing and there's no guarantee an answer would be found. As with a lot of animals, when they're feeling unwell for whatever reason,...
by claire86
Wed May 23, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Poorly Eye
Replies: 4
Views: 4534

Re: Poorly Eye

No probs, hope she's ok! :)
by claire86
Tue May 22, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Poorly Eye
Replies: 4
Views: 4534

Re: Poorly Eye

Hi Denise The fact she has got the eye closed may be a sign of discomfort, or just due to the discharge. The most common ocular diseases in pigs are conjunctivitis - likely bacterial, either primary or secondary ie to trauma; trauma such as banging the eye or getting straw in; or entropion, where th...
by claire86
Fri May 18, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Can a pig uncastrate himself!
Replies: 13
Views: 6512

Re: Can a pig uncastrate himself!

Really depends on the size of mass, it's location, it's attachment to underlying tissues and what type of mass it is. Most likely, yes it probably could be removed. Doing an FNA (fine needle aspirate - what the vet is planning on doing) is an easy way to hopefully get an idea of what the mass is, th...
by claire86
Tue May 15, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Can a pig uncastrate himself!
Replies: 13
Views: 6512

Re: Can a pig uncastrate himself!

Have to say, hernia was the first thing I thought of. I very much doubt that a vet would castrate a pig but fail to count how many testicles he/she was removing! I've seen something similar in dogs that have just been castrated and turns out to be a haematoma but would be extremely unlikely to be th...
by claire86
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Being Sick Whilst Eating
Replies: 4
Views: 3472

Re: Being Sick Whilst Eating

Hi Andrea, Has his head always been on one side since he was born? Does it stay tilted the whole time? The sickness may or may not be related. If it's related to the head tilt and suspected ear problem, it would be because his balance is all off so is feeling 'drunk' and therefore nauseous. If it's ...