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Piglets Leg Weakness & Body Shaking

Published on: July 25, 2022 • By: Lauren.P · In Forum: Reptiles & Exotics
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Lauren.P
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July 25, 2022 at 04:15pm
Hello Vets, We have 4 x 6 day old piglets who have been rejected by their Mother. We're bottle feeding them Di-Vetelact and keeping them inside and warm. This afternoon one of them has started to have trouble with his legs. Mainly a back leg, but a front one is also showing signs of weakness and it's hard for him to walk. He still gets up and squeals with his siblings at bottle time and is drinking and going to the toilet. He has started to shiver after a bottle & when he starts sleeping but it subsides. His temp was 40.2 deg celcius this morning.  We did put them by a window in the sun yesterday, I've read Dippity Pig Syndrome can be caused by sun exposure? A second Piglet started showing signs soon after the first, of leg weakness and shaking after a feed, just not as bad as the first. They saw a vet today and have antibiotics (Amoxiclav) to see if this helps Any advice from someone experienced with pigs would be greatly appreciated 🙏🏼
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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July 27, 2022 at 09:29am
Hello!  I'm pleased that your piglet has seen a vet and that treatment is underway.  I am not a pig specialist and your vet, who has already seen the piglets concerned, is almost certainly in a better position to comment than myself.  There will be pig specialists available and if your vet is not confident I'm sure that they will seek advice;  however we would be interested to hear how you get on.
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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July 27, 2022 at 09:29am
Hello!  I'm pleased that your piglet has seen a vet and that treatment is underway.  I am not a pig specialist and your vet, who has already seen the piglets concerned, is almost certainly in a better position to comment than myself.  There will be pig specialists available and if your vet is not confident I'm sure that they will seek advice;  however we would be interested to hear how you get on.
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