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  • Joined Sep 2011
Lame weaner
« on: February 23, 2013, 02:34:08 pm »
Hi I have 3 weaners 5 month old one started limping this morning she was OK at 07:30 by 09:00 limping.
They are not easy to handle and don't like being messed about. I have managed to have a quick look but cant see anything obvious. Do you think I can leave it till tomorrow and see if it gets better. The ground is quite hard and frozen at the mo, so may have just twisted it, any thoughts? Ron.


  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Lincolnshire
Re: Lame weaner
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2013, 02:42:56 pm »
Check for any swelling or other signs I.e. going off food, not coming out, if just the limp will probably just be a twist or boisterous feeding.


  • Joined Sep 2011
Re: Lame weaner
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2013, 06:38:20 pm »
Yes, she seems to be feeding and holding her own with the other two, will see how she is tomorrow. At feeding this evening I managed to get a good look at it, cleaned it off with a towel, nothing obvious gave it a spray with antiseptic while I had the chance, will see how she is in the morning.


  • Joined Sep 2011
Re: Lame weaner
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2013, 01:09:01 pm »
Still limping, still cant see anything, what to do???


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Re: Lame weaner
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2013, 01:40:08 pm »
If she's putting weight on it, getting around and doesn't seem to be in pain or distress I'd give her another day (saves a weekend call out from the vet  ;)) Most likely a twist/stave because of the hard ground, the vet will probably give you a jab of anti-inflamitory or if you can get your pig in, onto solid level ground for a couple of days it could well improve all on it's own.


  • Joined Sep 2011
Re: Lame weaner
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 03:30:40 pm »
Thanks Karen that's what I was thinking, looks like could be cold for a while yet so ground may not thaw in next day or so. She seems happy just about to feed them so will try and have another look.


  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Lincolnshire
Re: Lame weaner
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2013, 04:57:28 pm »
don't forget if you twist your leg, how long it takes you to recover? it's the same with pigs could be limping for a week if it isn't showing any other clinical signs give her a few days

Tiva Diva

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • Scottish Borders
    • Thornielee Cottage
Re: Lame weaner
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2013, 08:59:52 pm »
Probably is just a twist/bruise from the frozen ground. If you can't see an obvious injury and she's OK in herself I'd leave it for a few days before calling the vet - minor foot injuries are pretty common in pigs and ours have always got better on their own


  • Joined Sep 2011
Re: Lame weaner
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2013, 11:23:26 am »
It does look like there's an improvement over the last day or so, so all being well it will sort its self. thanks for the advice. Ron


  • Joined Jan 2011
Re: Lame weaner
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2013, 04:01:28 pm »
Glad to hear your piggie is getting better. Just wanted to add to this thread in case anyone else has a lame weaner that can't be explained and doesn't get better after a couple of days. We had a weaner a couple of years back. Went lame for a couple of days and didn't get better. Slightly warm swollen joints. Called vet and he said it was bacterial arthritis and we jabbed with penecillin for 5 days which sorted it out. Cheers.


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