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coleenandwannekunekune
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piglet being sick

Post by coleenandwannekunekune » Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:10 pm

My piglet was being sick tonight it smelt really horrible like sour milk she is still eating and seems herself. any advise please :cry:

claire86
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Post by claire86 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:22 pm

Hi there,

How old is the piglet, and is she weaned? Are any of the others showing any signs?
Any more sickness overnight? Is it related at all to her eating, as in, does she vomit immediately after food or is there a delay, or no relationship whatsoever? Is she being sick after she gets up from lying down? Is she drinking ok? How often is it happening? Does she choke at all or have difficulties breathing?
What does the vomit look like - liquid/food particles/mucousy/blood?
Does she have any diarrhoea as well?
Is there anything in their paddock she could have got hold of? - plants, plastic, any medications??

Sorry for all the questions, but it will help to narrow down what could be going on!

Claire

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Post by coleenandwannekunekune » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:04 pm

she is nearly 9 weeks old and they are not weaned yet. no others are showing signs. cant tell if anymore sickness over night as mummy pig eats it. she started to be sick after eating the nuts not immediatly though. i havent seen her drink yet but im going to watch her tonight. it was happening every 5 minutes. no choking or breathing difficulties. its an orange/brown colour a bit like a ball or pellets chewed up and it smells really bad there is some runny bits. food particles no blood or mucus. she does have a little diarrhoea. they live in a barn at the moment

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Post by claire86 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:32 pm

And she's definitely not depressed or lethargic at all? Is there any way you could take her temperature?
What does the diarrhoea look like and again, any blood or mucous?
How long has she been on the nuts for?

Basically, when presented with a vomiting animal, we need to decide if it truely is vomit, or regurgitation. It does sound more like true vomit if it's looking partially digested, though there is a slight correlation to feeding. Is she actively being sick - is there abdominal effort?
If we decide it is truely vomit, we need to find out if it's systemic or local to the gut. If she is well in herself and doesn't have a temperature, and there are no other clinical signs, then systemic is unlikely. Though without seeing her and evaluating her physically, I can be sure. If it is just vomiting and slight diarrhoea, we'd be more inclined to believe it is localised to the gut.
Possibilities we are thinking of include infection with an enteric pathogen, something she's eaten that hasn't agreed with her (such as if she had suddenly gone onto nuts), or an irritation of her gut lining.
My approach to this case would be to examine her and evaluate the vomiting and diarrhoea. She could be given antibiotics and an anti-sickness medication and samples could be taken of the diarrhoea. If you are planning on calling the vet out, photos of the vomit and of the diarrhoea would be useful!
Please be aware that if it is infection, the others in the litter could pick it up so be vigilant for any of them developing signs of illness.

Claire

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Post by coleenandwannekunekune » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:51 pm

thanks for your help there was no more diarrhoea tonight and she wasnt sick i cleaned the barn out and put new bedding in to stop infection so ill keep an eye on her. also they have been on nuts since they were born but they started to eat them at about 2 weeks so along time thank you once again x

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Post by claire86 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:09 pm

Hopefully thats the end of it then! Yeah, keep a close eye on her and the others and make sure she gets plenty of fluids. Good luck! :)

Claire

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