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by claire86
Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Castrated boy, tilted head / balance
Replies: 3
Views: 2551

Re: Castrated boy, tilted head / balance

Have a look at his eyes - are they flicking from side to side or up and down? Is he able to walk in a straight line or does he go in a circle? If you put his feet in odd positions, does he return them to normal? It may be an ear problem as first suspected (the ear canals go down quite far, and espec...
by claire86
Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Limping pig - desperate for help!!
Replies: 4
Views: 3435

Re: Limping pig - desperate for help!!

I have heard of Sweeney but only seen it in horses, never in a pig! It is basically atrophy of the shoulder muscles caused by nerve damage to the area normally caused by trauma. These things may get better in time or never recover. Some treatments that can help include antiinflammatories, massage or...
by claire86
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Limping piglet
Replies: 6
Views: 4119

Re: Limping piglet

She was probably in a bit of shock and also in pain which is why she went to sit under the heat lamp. I wouldn't rule out a fracture, even if she is putting some weight on it, so she how it is looking tomorrow and if in doubt, it's better to call the vet sooner rather than later when it may be too l...
by claire86
Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Limping piglet
Replies: 6
Views: 4119

Re: Limping piglet

Did you witness her standing on the piglet? Are there any wounds visible anywhere? Does the lameness appear to be improving or getting worse or staying the same? You may be ok just giving it time and trying to get her to rest (!) but I would probably advise getting the vet out to check it.
by claire86
Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Limping pig - desperate for help!!
Replies: 4
Views: 3435

Re: Limping pig - desperate for help!!

Ok, few questions :) 1) which antibiotics were used and for how long? 2) which pain killers were used and for how long? 3) has anyone checked the sole of her foot (have seen very lame pigs with drawing pins stuck in there before!)? 4) is there any particular joint the vets can find which is painful?...
by claire86
Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Pyometra in kunekune pigs
Replies: 8
Views: 5535

Re: Pyometra in kunekune pigs

If it's a true pyometra, the affected pig should be running a temperature. They could also (though unusually) have a bladder or kidney infection which can also show a discharge. If you have a very keen vet, they could scan her abdomen to confirm if it is a pyometra! Yes, an operation would solve the...
by claire86
Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Poorly Elderly kunekune
Replies: 4
Views: 3098

Re: Poorly Elderly kunekune

Hi Elizabeth, Firstly, I am sorry, and slightly annoyed, that all your vets would offer was pain relief and antibiotics. Were any further diagnostics offered to you? Yes, sometimes it works and yes tests and treatment can be limited in pigs and obviously I don't know what the vet found on the clinic...
by claire86
Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: HELP I NEED ADVICE ON MY SICK kunekune PIG - PLEASE HELP
Replies: 4
Views: 3699

Re: HELP I NEED ADVICE ON MY SICK kunekune PIG - PLEASE HEL

Hi there, Any progress with your pig? I agree with Wendy, without seeing the pig Erysipelas would certainly be high on my list of differentials. Does he have swollen joints? A temperature? Passing dung ok? It's unfortunate your vets are trying to treat your pig as a commercial pig when he clearly is...
by claire86
Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Hair Loss following Illness - normal?
Replies: 5
Views: 3868

I wouldn't say it was 'normal' but it would depend what the illness was. Stress can certainly cause hair loss, but it could also be secondary to whatever the illness was (lowered immune response so secondary infection/parasite etc). Is he itchy with it? How does the skin look? Any pattern to the hai...
by claire86
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: stanleys poorley eye again! help!
Replies: 4
Views: 2713

If there's been pus there, especially with history of a trauma, the eye should be checked by a vet for ulcers/erosions on the corneal surface. This will determine which eye drops or treatment will be suitable. You can continue bathing with warm water or use teabags (!) in the mean time. As to why it...
by claire86
Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:01 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Dry itchy skin problem
Replies: 5
Views: 5751

Just to back that up - check that they don't have lice. I found out the other day from the manufacturers of Panomec (Ivomectin) that to treat lice in pigs required two shots 21d apart, which isn't actually mentioned in the instruction sheet for the product! I pointed that out to them and basically g...
by claire86
Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: worming advice...?
Replies: 4
Views: 2406

Yep, I agree with Wendy pretty much! Don't forget, you can always take some faecal samples to your vet who will be more than happy (!) to check for worm eggs to determine if and when you need to worm. If they are on the same pasture, they will potentially be more exposed hence more regular worming. ...
by claire86
Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Showing
Topic: This year's shows
Replies: 3
Views: 4090

Which day are the Kunes on at the Three Counties Show this year? I'm hoping to go on the Saturday but can be persuaded otherwise if the pigs won't be there!
by claire86
Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ivy..?
Replies: 4
Views: 2729

I wouldn't recommend it. Most species are affected by ivy and the most common signs are diarrhoea and vomiting possibly leading to excitement, dyspnoea, convulsions, fever, coma and rarely death. Having said that, I have heard of Kunes happily eating the stuff without any adverse effects! But be war...
by claire86
Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Health
Topic: Desperate HELP needed - new pig owner and sick pig
Replies: 7
Views: 5970

Sorry the reply's a bit late. Hope your pig is now doing much better! In any case of sudden (acute) collapse, I would always consider toxin exposure. It would be worth a walk around your paddock to identify which plants he could have had access to and making sure there's nothing toxic that could hav...