Sick cough or not?

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by MillsFarmFamily, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. MillsFarmFamily

    MillsFarmFamily Well-Known Member

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    We have a hamp/york cross (approx 50-60lbs) that is coughing. It has done this several times in the past couple of days, but I thought it was just hacking on some of the food or something. This am it sounded more conjested though. How can I tell if it is worms or something that needs to be treated more aggressively? We bought the pig last week from a reputable "show pig" farm, so I thought I would call later tonight to find out what they have already done with the pig. Any advice you all could provide would be greatly appreciated though.
     
  2. agmantoo

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    Your coughing pig needs worming ASAP with an ivermectin product
     

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    my experience is that pigs also cough when they have pneumonia. the change in weather as well as stress from moving could do it.
     
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    after some friends loosing a litter in less than 8 hours after a couple started with a little cough...we mix tylan 200 and biomycin together and hit them with it. I would give 5 cc of each IM in the neck.
     
  5. John Schneider

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    I am interested in how this turns out for you. So far you have three responses and three different drugs to inject. I would call a vet and find out exactly what is wrong so you can administer the proper product. This is the problem in modern animal husbandry, we administer antibiotics and de-wormers completely too often and more and more problems crop up because of the resistance. Drug companies like it though! One of my gilts had a cough for a couple days and it cleared right up. I hope that this is the case for you and it is nothing serious. Sometimes a call to the vet is all that is required to give you some ideas of what to look for. If you have developed a relationship with your vet, they are often ok with advice over the phone.
     
  6. MillsFarmFamily

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    We wormed both pigs that came from the same farm with 1% Ivomek. So now the pig that originally had the cough is doing better, but the other one that is a little bigger looks really bad: Breathing heavy, sort of coughing slightly, like trying to clear a hairball, and mucus coming out of her nose. We gave her a dose of LA-200. Is there anything else? We're going to wait to see what the a.m. brings, and then call in a professional if needed, and if not too late. Who says farm life is stress free? :confused:
     
  7. agmantoo

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    An opinion, once the worms clear all will be fine.
     
  8. MillsFarmFamily

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    Does anyone know if we need to re-worm in a week or so, or if the 1% Ivomec takes care of that?

    The original pig that was coughing is doing just fine. The other one seemed better yesterday. He got up and ate quite a bit, seemed to be breathing a little better, and was wagging his tail, but then went back into his house and stayed there for most of the day.
     
  9. agmantoo

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    Since these pigs exhibited that they had worms then Yes I would worm them a second time. The parasite eggs will have hatched and a follow up treatment should wipe the immature worms out and there should not be any viable worm eggs remaining.