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very sick pig

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:39 pm
by trialscars
We have two kunekune girls possibly 4 years old, one has become extremely I'll,passing blood.At first thought she was in season but went on too has been twice and given antibiotics and anti inflammatory. Her name is Beryl. She is now passing clots,can't eat and just lying down.the vet isn't sure what's wrong,but thinks severe kidney trouble,cancer or poisoning. Has anyone else experienced this??? The vet is coming again in the morning.We are devastated,as she is our family!!

Re: very sick pig

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 3:01 pm
by biddydog
Sorry can't be of any practical help but just hope Beryl is recovering steadily. It sounds awful.

Re: very sick pig

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 6:03 pm
by The Rushbury Pig
I too cannot offer personal experience on this one but I will go and ask people who may know and get back to you asap....have you any updates since you wrote the original post?

Perhaps we can get Claire to comment if she reads this....I'll try and track her down.

Re: very sick pig

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 6:14 pm
by The Rushbury Pig
I have messaged a couple of people, hopefully they will come to this post, or I will report back......let us know how she is and if there is any change.

Re: very sick pig

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 6:16 pm
by The Rushbury Pig
What antibiotics and anti inflam was given, do you know?

Re: very sick pig

Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 7:12 pm
by claire86
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? When was her last season? Has she been pregnant?
Is it pure blood? Or looks flecked? Any smell to it? Is there any blood from anywhere else, ie mouth or nose? Do her gums look pink or white? Does she have a temperature? Which antibiotics/antiinflammatories were used? And for how long?

If it's vulval, it's either urinary or reproductive. Urinary causes include cystitis, pyelonephritis (kidney infection), neoplasia, urinary stones. Reproductive causes include trauma ie. wounds to the vagina, metritis/endometritis (infections of the womb and womb lining), vaginitis (infection of the vagina), or neoplasia.
Systemic reasons are numerous and could include any causes of haemorrhage or clotting disorders. There will likely be other external signs ie nose bloods, pale gums. They could include poisonings, severe infections and immune-mediated diseases.
Rectal bleeding is a gastro-intestinal problem. If the blood is dark, it indicates an issue 'high up' ie. mouth/oesophagus/stomach; is it's fresh, then lower bowel. Again causes are numerous and include infections (bacterial, viral or parasitic), neoplastic, other benign bleeding masses, trauma or gastric ulcers.

Please come back to me with answers to the questions and I'll try and help as much as I can :)