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Farrowing-C section?

Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:03 pm
by tinat
I hope you guys might be able to advise.

I have a 1.5 year old pot bellied pig who is farrowing for the first time. She had one piglet yesterday and when I found it she had eaten half of it, so Im not sure if it was born dead or not. She passed some placenta yesterday and then again this morning (it looked like very dark red-brown sludge).

She continued to lay down, nest and strain all afternoon and into this morning. I palpated her the best I could yesterday and her cervix was open with no obstructions, but I couldnt go any further given how small she is.

what's weird is she now has stopped straining and is eating and drinking normally. I palpated her again today and her vagina has began to close back down, but still no obstructions.

None of the local vets will see her as they say she needs a c-section so Im looking at a 3 hour drive to the vet school. However the last vet I called said that c-sections almost always kill the momma pig anyways and the babies, if any, Im sure are already dead as I dont feel any movement.

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Re: Farrowing-C section?

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:03 am
by mjw1980
Im not a Vet but have seen conversations on here about C-Sections and none of them have said anything about losing the mother. I would assume that you have a short amount of time before the unborn start to decay and cause a serious infection resulting in you losing the mother. I would suggest making the 3 hr drive.

Re: Farrowing-C section?

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:03 pm
by machog
Load her up with Meds and she should eventually pass them. She will get pretty sick but if you get on the meds and stay with them she should make it. I would use Pen and dexamethasone. Your vet should be able to help you.