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Pig has been down for a month.

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Pigs' started by Kyle Kroeck, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. Oct 18, 2017
    Kyle Kroeck

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    About 2 months ago we found a pig stuck laying down with one half of her head swollen. When we cleaned it out we found maggots in her waddle (Shes a red wattle pig) we cleaned it out, pulled out all the maggots and put a spray on sealant. Ever since we did that she has recovered greatly. She eats, drinks, and squeals like a normal pig. Except she still can get up. She can move her back legs very well. But her front legs are nothing. Her left leg is very bruised and swollen, and her right leg is as stiff as a stick. We don't know why! She squeals in pain when you touch either one. We don´t wanna give up on her! We have used a lift to get her up to encourage her to walk, but it´s useless. What do you guys think? What should we do?
     
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  2. Oct 18, 2017
    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Golden Herd Member

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    Without knowing what caused the initial damage, I don't know what to recommend... Sounds like terminal damage to her front end. You may have no alternative but to keep things as they are, or send her to freezer camp. Not sure why you'd want to prolong her life if she's "broken" but if she's not in pain... :idunno Your choice.
     
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  3. Oct 19, 2017
    Kyle Kroeck

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    Yeah its very annoying having her around. If we were to slaughter it wouldn´t even be worth it. Since she can´t walk she doesn´t have any meat on her!
     
  4. Oct 19, 2017
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Herd Master

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    Sounds like you'd be doing her a favor to end her misery.
     
  5. Oct 19, 2017
    Bayleaf Meadows

    Bayleaf Meadows Loving the herd life

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    What did the vet recommend?
     
  6. Oct 19, 2017
    Baymule

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    Sounds like she isn't getting any better. No reason to keep her in misery and pain.
     
  7. Oct 20, 2017
    sadieml

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    The only thing I know about pigs is they grow into fine foods. That said, I think this one would be much better off if you put her out of her (and your) misery. Really sorry this happened. :(
     
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    Bayleaf Meadows

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    In addition to not being in weight for slaughter, the disease/injury/infection is unknown and would make the meat suspect for human consumption. Hard decisions; hoping she turns around.