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Bloating

Postby pork_chop_express » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:09 am

Question:

We had a pig start to bloat yesterday and we thought he was constipated. We've heard of different things to try like mineral oil and epson salts and we tried the latter. I ended up and took him out of the pen with the rest of the pigs and put him back in a the farrowing crate with feed, water, and a heat lamp. Unfortunately, he did not make it through the night.

This little guy was the runt of the litter and we have been giving him milk replacer for over 7 weeks to try and baby him. He wasn't catching up to the litter, but he seemed fine until yesterday and then he went down hill fast. He always seemed to have a harder time with his bowl movements than the rest of the litter and we're trying to figure out if there was something more we could of done to save him or was it just not meant to be.
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Postby Lil_Pork_Chop » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:38 pm

:cry: I haven't heard of any more things you could of done.
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Postby Piggy » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:24 pm

Are you sure this one could poop? I have seen barrows or boar pigs born without a rectum. They eventually die, but it takes a while. They just swell up because the feces has no where to go. That was probably the cause. piggy
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Postby HeavenlyHog » Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:57 pm

Any more when i have to help feed baby pigs I mix milk of magnesia in with the milk replacer.And it works for me to keep them going.If they stop up they will die fast and at that point no help to save them.That I know of.
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Postby Piggy » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:35 pm

I have NEVER had a baby pig just "STOP-UP" with milk replacer, not in 25 years nor seen a baby pig that is constipated ever. what are you feeding them?
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Postby HeavenlyHog » Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:02 pm

well I am happy for you piggy.And in the time I have been doing this have never had one with out butt hole.but have hear of this happen but not alot.And they do get constipated and that will kill a pig .
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Postby pork_chop_express » Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:02 pm

Sorry, but my daughter just registered and found one of my old posts.

This pig was a runt and we were giving him milk replacer to nurse him along. He seemed to be doing fine, but when we moved him into another pen, we took the milk replacer away because we thought he was doing fine. He ended up and bloated a couple of days later. We tried to give some laxitives, but he did not make it past the night.

My girl fell in love with this pig because he was a red belted pig with black spots, and he was the only pig like that so in essence he was so ugly he was cute. Since we had to baby him ... we all got a little too attached, especially my daughter. Last year was our first year breeding and it was a hard life lesson with this pig, but it was one that she got through but still hasn't forgot.

Thanks for the responses.

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