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Problem with a new piglet

ktombleyktombley Junior Member
edited October 2015 in General Pig Health
We had a litter of piglets born 6 days ago. She had 14 piglets and all piglets seemed good size and healthy. Sometime that first day, I saw the sow step on one of the piglets leg for a few seconds, piglet seemed fine and I I had seen it before, so didn't think much of it. On day 3, I noticed that one of the piglets seem to have difficulty with one of it's back legs and was slightly limping but was still moving around. The next day she was having more difficulty and mainly stayed in the nest area but was able to get to momma to nurse. Yesterday, it seemed that both legs were having difficulty bearing weight and she kind of scooted. This morning, I found her out of the nest and cold, I now believe that she probably was there most of the night. She responded with a few grunts and let me pick her up and carry her with any squealing. I brought her in and began feeding her some cows milk that I had. We have continued to feed her every 2 hours or so through the day. This evening we put her down on the ground and she was not able to bear weight on any of her legs(one of the front ones doesn't seem to be effected). One of her front legs doesn't seem to stretch all the way out but stays in a bent position almost. When we were holding her, I did see her stretch it out once. We have been raising pigs for about 4 years and I have never seen anything like this. Any ideas on what this is and anything we could do to help her.

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  • Stevie GStevie G Super Moderator
    edited October 2015
    ktombley wrote:
    We had a litter of piglets born 6 days ago. She had 14 piglets and all piglets seemed good size and healthy. Sometime that first day, I saw the sow step on one of the piglets leg for a few seconds, piglet seemed fine and I I had seen it before, so didn't think much of it. On day 3, I noticed that one of the piglets seem to have difficulty with one of it's back legs and was slightly limping but was still moving around. The next day she was having more difficulty and mainly stayed in the nest area but was able to get to momma to nurse. Yesterday, it seemed that both legs were having difficulty bearing weight and she kind of scooted. This morning, I found her out of the nest and cold, I now believe that she probably was there most of the night. She responded with a few grunts and let me pick her up and carry her with any squealing. I brought her in and began feeding her some cows milk that I had. We have continued to feed her every 2 hours or so through the day. This evening we put her down on the ground and she was not able to bear weight on any of her legs(one of the front ones doesn't seem to be effected). One of her front legs doesn't seem to stretch all the way out but stays in a bent position almost. When we were holding her, I did see her stretch it out once. We have been raising pigs for about 4 years and I have never seen anything like this. Any ideas on what this is and anything we could do to help her.

    Hi there, when you first saw it limping best would have be to jab it with penicillin and may be metacam, which is best continued for 3 days. My guess is it has joint ill, a bacterial infection which has now got in to all her joints. Would still jab it but may be for longer. The longer you leave it the harder it is to resolve, but hey best of luck.
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