Swollen lymph nodes

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Swollen lymph nodes

Postby insulator » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:03 pm

Have a reg March york gilt that the vet came out to blood test and discovered that her nodes in her neck was swollen. She has had some red marks on her sides and ears that looked like fly or insect bites. She has good appetite and gets up and moves around seems to be fine. Gave draxin. Any ideas vet didn't really know what it was?
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Postby HogDoc » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:01 pm

I doubt if the nodes are related to the fly bites. There are a bunch of possible root causes but the bottom line is that something is causing immune system activation or a much less likely cause is a a lymph drainage problem.

Draxxin was a good choice
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Postby peanutbutter » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:28 pm

Will Draxxin help with swollen lymph nodes in their flanks? I have a barrow with swollen nodes in his flank. We had one last year and he eventually died.
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Postby DrAmy » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:38 pm

The swollen lymph nodes in the flank are basically in the same boat - something has stimulated the immune system. This can commonly be infections in the joints or systemic infections such as PRRS or PCV2 that can cause the inguinal lymph nodes to be swollen. An antibiotic is usually a good route to go.
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Postby Ericka » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:53 pm

We had a litter of pigs that had really swollen lymph nodes. There was one that was worse than the others. Could not even lay down to nurse or be held with his oxygen being cut off. He had PRRS. I had only 3 survive from that litter and he was one of them. Lucky for you your pig is older than what mine were. I had 2 litters with it. 28 babies and I lost 23 of them. 1 of them was never sick a day in her life.
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Postby insulator » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:40 pm

She does seem to be a little weak in her front pasterns. Nodes doesn't seem to be quite as swollen. How often should I give the antibiotic?
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Postby insulator » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:39 pm

this same gilt seems to be getting weak on her back legs. Should I give another shot of Draxin or try something differebt?
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Postby HogDoc » Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:11 pm

Do you mean weak in her pasterns on the back two or weak as in not able to get around normally?
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Postby insulator » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:12 pm

Paterns, but seems to be stiff as well. She is on concrete but none of the other pigs she is in barn with are having any problems. Thanks for your help
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Postby HogDoc » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:18 am

I think you need to have your vet take a look again. It sounds like something is going on but I sure can't pin down what it is from the description.
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