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Old 06/10/10, 07:40 PM
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pig with swollen eyes

I need some help. I have a weiner pig I bought to raise for meat. We got him on April 23. He was small and because of the cold and my ignorance he developed pink eye and then some pneumonia. I treated him with la 200 and the pink eye went away. Friend said to give penicillin for the pneumonia. Cleared right up. Noticed that he was starting to get pink eye again. WTH Started him on la bicillin for 2 days and it wasn't clearing up. I figured maybe I wasn't right on the dosage so I upped it . No difference. I then tried penicillin at a 100 lb dose for three days. I tried warm wash cloths with salt water. I clean his pen every couple of days and put fresh straw down. His eyes are so swollen that he can not see very well. He eats and squeels and acts fine. We live in very sandy soil like a sand dune and he is always rooting. Any ideas???

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Old 06/10/10, 11:16 PM
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Im new to piggies but it almost sounds like hes alergic, allergies or the straw could be poking him in the eyes maybe take the straw all the way out if he wont get to cold depending on the area you are in.

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Old 06/11/10, 06:54 AM
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hhmmmm - "cold" is not a reason for a pig to be "small".

If you're saying he was a runt or stunted -thats something else entirely.

Lots of "poor do-ers" have bulgy eyes, big heads compared to their bodies, and bloated looking bellies and succumb to every little germ or virus that comes down the pike.

Some just have real issues with nutrient absorption and they are -despite all the food sources available to them -malnourished - and they rarely (hey, we only have a couple of months to grow one out, right?) "outgrow" it and "get right".

Raising a pig for meat means making as MINIMAL an investment for MAXIMUM profit as you can.

Everything you put into this pig cuts down on its profit margin. You've already put more into it than I would.

I'm just sayin...

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31:13

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Old 06/11/10, 05:24 PM
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do you have a picture?

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Old 06/11/10, 05:26 PM
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maybe he has conjuctivitis?

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