Oral Antibiotic

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Oral Antibiotic

Postby Eddie2012 » Mon May 06, 2013 9:42 pm

Hi - Can pigs ever be given oral antibiotics? We can get a pig to eat anything... but fail miserably at giving injections....

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Re: Oral Antibiotic

Postby Gilbertowner » Tue May 07, 2013 8:47 am

Check your co-op, it comes in a powder form, you can use it in their water or top dress it or make a sandwhich. Check with your co-op and see what brands they carrier. Good Luck.
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Re: Oral Antibiotic

Postby HogDoc » Tue May 07, 2013 10:19 am

What is wrong with the pig that prompt you to want to give it antibiotics?

There are antibiotics that can be added to the feed and some that can be added to water.
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Re: Oral Antibiotic

Postby mtbkmom » Tue May 07, 2013 12:58 pm

We had a 6 wo pig get a real bad lesion under its skin going from the top of his hairline on his foot all the way to the knee. It was huge and fluid like and the vet did not want it lanced open.....He gave one shot and then covered with 14 days of I believe it was clindamycin pills twice a day because he said it would cover the joint better....dunno, but for 14 days that little bugger got pills jammed in his mouth, he was not allowed to be sold (afraid of joint issues) and at 5 months he weighed 265 pounds, huge, square, and probably would have placed real high in a class...but....
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Re: Oral Antibiotic

Postby Eddie2012 » Tue May 07, 2013 2:30 pm

Thank you for the replies!

We are thinking bladder infection or maybe some other kind of infection. When she was AI'd, there was some nasty, cloudy, blood tinged brown stuff that ran (gushed might be a better word) out the catheter. If it was urine, it wasn't clear and straw colored. So, we gave her a shot of penicillin. She probably got only 2 cc injected (she's about 450 lbs).

Aside from the nasty outflow from the catheter, she has no other obvious symptoms--she acts fine and eats fine.
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Re: Oral Antibiotic

Postby SV » Tue May 07, 2013 4:17 pm

If it "gushed" out you were probably in the bladder. It is possible that the catheter irritated the urethra enough that it bled making the urine dark. Watch her urinate ( a good time is just after she gets up from sleeping ) and see if urine is off colored or not. That will give you a clue as to bladder infection or irritation from breeding rod. If she actually has uterine infection I would think she would act sick and be off feed somewhat.
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Re: Oral Antibiotic

Postby MelC » Wed May 08, 2013 6:45 pm

Get a slap shot. It's been a lifesaver for us. A little wasteful but worth it to me. We don't stress over giving injections any more, me or the pigs!
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Re: Oral Antibiotic

Postby mtbkmom » Wed May 08, 2013 11:40 pm

I second the slap shot. My son can give shots all by himself. He usually times it for when they have their head into the feeders for their a.m. feedings. They are more than worth the 2-3cc of "waste"....you know they get their medicine.
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