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Bumblebear

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Norfolk
    • http://southwellski.blogspot.co.uk/
Coughing pig
« on: August 12, 2012, 07:41:04 am »
One of our weaner pigs has an occasional cough, is this sometimes they do?  We've only had them a week or so and when we went to see them the first time one was coughing a bit too - so I reckon that's the one they've given us.  It's not loud and not constant and they are both very happy otherwise; BUT I am paranoid about lungworm (reading too much!) is there anything I can do?  Even though they are meat I don't want them to be in any distress or poorly.   
Thank you peeps.

HappyHippy

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Re: Coughing pig
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 09:28:31 am »
They do sometimes cough for a number of reasons (dusty, food caught in their throat, a cold) but providing they were wormed by the breeder you bought them from and aren't showing a temperature I would try to relax  ;)
If they weren't wormed before you got them - you're best to do this asap. The easiest way to do it is by injection  :thumbsup: Your vet will be happy to come and show you how to do this if you've never done it before, or depending on where you are someone on here might be able to help.
A pig's temprature should be somewhere between 38.5 and 39.5 (taken rectally) if it's higher, it could be a sign of infection/fever - again, a quick jab of anti-biotic is normally all that's needed to clear it up. (But again, if you're new to pigs - check with your vet or a local pig keeper) They'll grow far better if they are fit & healthy  :yum:
HTH
Karen  :wave:

Bumblebear

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Norfolk
    • http://southwellski.blogspot.co.uk/
Re: Coughing pig
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2012, 11:37:33 am »
They were wormed before we had them, they came from a childrens petting farm rather than a "proper" breeder.  They/She doesn't just lay there and cough, the twice I ave noticed were when she was rottling through grass cuttings and another time playing with the hosepipe.  I will check their temperature just to be safe.  Thank you.

Hassle

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Lincolnshire
Re: Coughing pig
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2012, 11:52:10 am »
have a look at the straw bedding sometimes this can be quite dusty depending on the harvest conditions  :raining:  :sunshine:  and this can give them a dusty cough as well as dusty food otherwise follow karens advice :unwell:

 

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