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New born shaking head

Postby Terry » Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:17 pm

I have a new born pig shaking it's continuously. Strange
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Postby CHOPSTER » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:06 pm

i had the same thing. it would shake its head so violently that it would flip on its side. it couldn't nurse so i had to put it down. i have heard from some that it may correct itself.
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Postby richardmcgoff » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:14 pm

Friend of mine said to give it sugar water. I never tried it , haven't had any like that in a while.
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Postby bcbully » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:42 pm

Sounds like you have a shaker pig or otherwise known as congenital tremors. Here is a link:

http://www.thepigsite.com/diseaseinfo/27/congenital-tremor-ct-shaking-piglets

They usually outgrow the shaking by 100 lbs.
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Postby bcbully » Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:45 pm

There are genetic issues that cause this as well as bacterial infections but most likely it is a shaker pig.
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Postby Kathy » Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:38 am

The other thing that causes this is lack of oxygen at birth. If that is the cause the pig won't outgrow it. If the pig cannot nurse by itself then it probably also can't even drink out of a pan by itself so it will probably die of starvation.

From what I have been told the congenital tremors usually affects mostly the entire litter and they are usually gilt litters. Most of these pigs can nurse by themselves with most outgrowing it in time.
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Postby Piggy » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:34 am

It is a interutero virus that sometimes hits first time gilts. Not all pigs in litter affected, mostly in york litters, if the pig can nurse the first couple of days, they usually grow out of it, I have had it in ONE black cross litter and only one pig, she does it sometimes, but not always. Good luck, ps vets do not know which virus causes this and mostly this is just their theory that it is a virus, good luck, piggy
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Postby Terry » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:47 am

Thank's for all the great posts. I think maybe it was a lack of oxygen in this case. There is a lot of bruising around the head. The pig is doing better today. Less shaking. It was slow on the up take yesterday. Thanks again.
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Postby Darin » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:25 pm

Piggy is spot on here. This is viral 99% of the time. Best thing you can do is good feedback. In other words, feed placenta from your sows to gilts that are intended for breeding, as there is no vaccine for this virus. "Up to date" hog vets are well aware of the virus and it's name, but it escapes me. It has an effect on the development of the pig's brain during development in the uterus. The severity of the shaking depends on during what stage of growth the pig is infected. The earlier infections will result in the pig Chopster described that shakes so bad he cannot nurse. Sometimes they cannot even stand. The milder cases that can nurse and survive may display the problem their whole life to some degree. Some may be almost unnoticeable when they are larger.
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Postby TIM1 » Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:52 pm

I have heard B-12 shot works. Had a friend give this shot two years ago to a pig that shook it's head. It worked. Learned this from this site.
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Postby osu » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:17 am

Have a teaser boar (farrowed from a sow) that started this ([b:c2a134da00]after[/b:c2a134da00] about 300 lbs.) Didn't show any symptoms until I put him in his own pen. This has been a year ago. He is fine, until he has to drink out of a pan and his head really shakes. BTW he is a black exotic. Any clue??
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Postby Piggy » Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:17 am

Yes, I have a good clue, this pig has/had an ear infection, that is why he tilts his head. May be too late to treat if this has been going on for a while it is chronic.
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