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Dave    Posted 11-10-2003 at 04:41:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a gilt, she's about 18 months old and about 8 weeks pregnant. I have noticed her limp before, not real bad and it's been a long time ago. Now, the other day I noticed she didn't come up for food, so I went and found her in the mud I made her get up and she wouldn't put ant weight on her right front foot. She didn't go far and laid back down. So, I brought her some food and she started eating. Now this is day 3 (I think) and she still can't put any weight on that foot. I can't see anything wrong with it. Today she didn't seem too interested in food either. She did eat some though. I don't notice any other symptoms. She has been running with another gilt and a boar. They seem just fine.
Any advice would be appreciated.

Cindi    Posted 11-10-2003 at 09:25:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pigs are prone to arthritis, and being that you say this condition existed before she may very well have it, but you should notice at least a little swelling in the joints in the affected leg.

Check the condition of her toenails, make sure they aren't too long. Check between the toes and the nails beds, look for any sign of puffiness or redness. It is my hope that she simply has an infection and it wouldn't hurt to start her on a penicillen regimen just in case to discount that possibility. It won't hurt her, and if she has something going on under the skin it may very well take care of it. One cc for every hundred pounds of body weight twice a day for at least three days.

If it is arthritis, it will only get worse. Check with a vet to see what would be a safe pain releiver to give her until she drops this litter but I wouldn't breed her again. I'm no vet, but if she was my pig, this is what I would do.

Jerry    Posted 11-10-2003 at 09:41:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree with Cindi, except if it is infectious arthritis, the recommended antibiotic is Lincomix. It works better in the joints, dosage by weight and give for a full seven days. Cartilidge infections (arthritis - in pigs) can be hard to treat as it doesn't have much blood flow.

Might want to review gestating sow nutritional requirements at some good swine sites.


Cindi    Posted 11-10-2003 at 09:51:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you Jerry for stopping by and helping with this answer.

Jerry is my 'pig man', and before I go in to all his experience with these critters I'll just say he is very qualified. I go to him with all my troubles and he helps me and was kind enough to stop in here this morning at my request and double check my answer. Thank you Jerry. (smile)

Dave    Posted 11-10-2003 at 14:41:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, that explains why he didn't answer me at the pigsite. I was plum hurt :) The two of you have only helped me about a hundred times.

I thought it might look a little swolen. She was in a big mud hole so I couldn't get a good look at it. I went to the co-op and they don't have anything labeled for swine. They said (and I know from past experiance) that there's nobody around here to get anything for hogs. So, I'll have to call pbs or order online. I'll see if I can get a better look at her leg and foot in the am.

Yea, this is her first and last litter. Too bad, she's a good one. Her and my duroc are due to farrow last week in december. I'd hate to loose her right now.

I'll keep you posted.

Dave    Posted 11-10-2003 at 18:49:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Those guys at co-op are something. Just a reminder of why I never go there! I talked to a guy a few minutes ago that's had hogs all of his life. I buy all of my feed from him. He said that I could give her something called LA200 and he has a fresh bottle and will give me some. Said it's a pretty strong antibiotic.

Cindi    Posted 11-11-2003 at 02:46:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well here's hoping that an antibitotic will do it for you Dave.

I don't go to the pig site as often as I used to, I tend to watch for Jerry online and just shoot him an IM if I have a question. We've been really lucky with our pigs, and have had few real problems (knock wood)

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