Sick hog

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  1. Rob30

    Rob30 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    One of my hogs has become ill. I think he has has fever. He is shivering and lethargic. He is still eating a small amount, but not very much. He is too big (220lbs) and skittish to take a temp. I have given him lots of hay for bedding and covered his pen with plywood to try and conserve heat.
    Any ideas on what I should do with him?
     
  2. linn

    linn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I would give him an injection of Noromycin 300 LA or Tylosin. Keep him warm and give him plenty of water.
     
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  3. Rob30

    Rob30 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    How do you give a 200+ an injection? I can barely scratch him right now with out him knocking me over. He is drinking a bit and eating a bit. We have been giving him warm water and food.
     
  4. Cannon_Farms

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    if your going to have pigs, you need to make a sqeeze shoot either out of corral pannles or good wood that way you can do whats needed without them escaping.

    Just going to throw this out there I do not know if this will work, but the same drug in la 200 can be bought otc in the form of fish antibiotics that i have broken down to give to other species orally I dont know why you couldnt a pig, injection is better but thats better than nothing. Mix it in a sweet form as its very bitter
     
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    my old vet said if something can run from the shot it probably doesnt need it, but i think this guy needs a helping hand
     
  6. linn

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    As cannon farms stated, if you are going to have livestock, then you need to make a place to contain and treat them. You can make your own squeeze chute with hedge posts and boards. It will have to be sturdy to hold a large hog. Look up hog chutes on the internet to get an idea of how to make one.
    How are you going to load this pig to take him to slaughter if you don't have a containment area?
     
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    I happen to agree with the old vet, if you can't touch him then he is probably ok. A snare works well in a pinch. It goes in the mouth and over the snout. You can restrain a very large hog this way. You can make one in a pinch out of rope. I am not sure if your local farm store would have one but you can get them on line. It might not help you now in this situation but I would get one for future use. It is similar to twitching a horse.
     
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    When my pigs needed shots the vet roped them with a rope around the neck and ran it around a tree. I held the rope the vet gave the shot behind the ear.
     
  9. Cannon_Farms

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    i bet you can use a catch pole like animal control uses, i love the snare pole a friend who ringed my hogs use as it had the flat part that kept the snout in control
     
  10. Lazy J

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    If you wait until the pig is lethargic enough to lay there for a shot you've waited to long to treat the animal!
     
  11. rippdog

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    I would try just getting a bag of the "hog show feed" they are filled with antibiotics and other drugs. I do this when i get new pigs and they are stressed from change and travel and if they are coughing, etc. i'll just add this feed to the normal feed. when they are wild & sick the less stress on them and you the better. when they seem better or i finish the bag and if they are not sick anymore i figure it helped them. just my 2 cents.
     
  12. Rob30

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    Good news
    When we went to the barn this AM the hog was up, talking away to us. All his food was gone. We have been trying to keep him warm. Feeding him warm porridge with a few extras in it.
    The bug seems to have past.
     
  13. linn

    linn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Congratulations!