Kunekune Going Downhill Fast

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My fantastic, year-old kunekune boar, Thorin, went from perfect to total crap in two days. :eek: He was totally normal appearing all Friday. Saturday (yesterday) morning, he was *maybe* just slightly less pushy with his mate at breakfast time. (Usually he pushes her away from the food, but he seemed to "share" better than usual.) Last night, he didn't come for his dinner, and I found him lying in his hut. Aside from being off his feed, he looked ok, so I wasn't terribly worried. This morning, he again wouldn't eat, and he looked a little unsteady on his feet + had a bit of goopy white discharge from his nose & eyes. He flopped down in his hut and hasn't moved since. Around noon, I gave him a dose of LA-200, and this evening, I force-fed him 6-8 oz of rehydration solution. I couldn't get him to take more than that. He looks like he's doing his best to die. :(

I have no idea what could have brought him down so quickly! His mate looks fine, and they're the only two hogs on the property. His diet hasn't changed, unless he got into something unusual, though I have no idea what that would be. He's vaccinated against tetanus but nothing else.

I could call the vet in the morning, but I'm really not sure how helpful that would be, since I already have him on antibiotics and some supportive care. And I'm honestly not sure I could haul him into the vet, anyway. I'm torn.

Any ideas what could be going on?
 

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He's ok! I checked on him first thing this morning. Boy, was my heart pounding as I walked out to the pigs' yard! After the way he looked last night, I wasn't terribly optimistic, although I knew that if the antibiotic was going to work, the the change could be dramatic and fast...

Anyway, I found him in his hut with his back to me. I called his name, and he grunted then staggered to his feet and stumbled over to greet me! Poor guy definitely isn't feeling himself, but he managed a bit of breakfast, a few sips of water, and a feeble pee. After that, he flopped over at my feet- not sure if he wanted a belly rub or was just plain exhausted but he's on the mend! 😁
 

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He's super cute! And really friendly! I like Pinky as well, but Thorin is my favorite. ☺

To be pretty honest, his illness caught me totally off guard. And I had no idea pneumonia could sweep through them so quickly. Obviously, I have some research to do to educate myself on this whole thing. As far as the weather, it's been nuts. 70s one day and 30s & 40s the next. When I moved from PA, I was amazed by how quickly the weather in TX can change. It's been 12 years, and I still marvel (and grumble!) at it! 😆 Today is in the 60s, breezy, and rainy. Friday was windy but 70s, and the weekend was quite mild, although a bit damp. My best guess is that he was a bit stressed by the wonky weather- we had freezes 2 nights last week- and as a result was a bit weakened, which allowed the pneumonia bug to take hold. 🤷
 

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But I do like to learn from others and what works for them.
We all do and it helps each of us. Just more options.

I always have Penn, LA-200, sulfa tabs (SMZs), tetanus, CDT & Banamine on hand... among the arsenal of meds, liquids and salves. LOL Some gets tossed due to non-use & expiration but, $8 for penn is worth the insurance for a year or two.

For me, with a pig, I would go with a half dose of LA on the 3rd day as by that time the original is at half-life or less, so I'm extending the effects about another 1.5 days. Penn, depends of which type you use...….and the animal. Some animals need different care. PLUS, while a shot is not easy for a person to give a hog, many meds can be given either orally or via anal route and work/absorb as well. Just considerations for future. Banamine is very bitter, so I generally give with some honey, orally. There were instances where injections formed abcesses if given wrongly in horses. It can be SQ or IM.

I don't keep pigs anymore, just chickens goats, mini horses & cats.
 

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