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Livestock => Pigs => Topic started by: craiglockwood on April 01, 2011, 07:52:52 pm

Title: Limping pig
Post by: craiglockwood on April 01, 2011, 07:52:52 pm
I have noticed that one of my saddlebacks has been limping quite badly all day.  He is eating & drinking fine but is obviously in pain when walking on front left leg.

Would should I do - call vet?
Title: Re: Limping pig
Post by: Beewyched on April 01, 2011, 08:22:23 pm
If he's putting weight on it, then it's unlikely anythings broken.  Check his feet for cuts/anything sticking in them (including between his toes).  If you can't find anything obvious, gently feel down his leg - checking for lumps & bumps, then apply some gentle weight on his shoulder.
He may have twisted something or had a scuffle with one of the others.  Do you have anyone near you who can give him a Metecam jab to make him more comfortable?  If not, Arnica is good for sprains/bruises - is there any way you can separate him from the others, so he can rest it? 
Unless it's anything serious, he should get better in a couple of days.

BUT if he's in a lot of pain - call the vet.
Title: Re: Limping pig
Post by: craiglockwood on April 01, 2011, 10:06:13 pm
thanks - will feel around leg in morning in the light.   fingers crossed
Title: Re: Limping pig
Post by: manian on April 02, 2011, 06:58:52 am
when we had all the ice and snow one of ours was limping, just a sprain and was better after a few days
i agree they should be able to put weight on it and feel the legs to check no thorns etc. i feel/check legs and toes every day now while tummy being rubbed (theirs not mine ;) )
Title: Re: Limping pig
Post by: Beewyched on April 02, 2011, 06:43:45 pm
how's the leg today Craig?  :pig: