Pictures? Pretty please?
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I know you tried very hard to get Sandy to do the right thing by these pigs (not to mention sending the right message to her children), but 1) you don't need to lose your job and 2) the pigs are as healthy as they are because you work there. :-p
I'm just now relieved you and PiggyPa now have them.
The pig was originally on Baytril for 5 days and then switched to Bactrim and has been on that for a week and a half. She doesn't want to give the Chlor because of the toxicity~she has kids. I'm contemplating taking the pig and treating her. I would of course have to keep her in the garage, which I hate, but I don't want to run the risk of infecting my herd. I have a lot of seniors. I also don't feel the Chlor is the choice without a culture being done. I'm thinking of taking her to my vet in Ventura and doing a culture and see what she says. Any ideas?
- Barbara Osborn
- Supporter from '05 - '12
Why can't the mother just keep the pig on the the Bactrim? If she is capable of consistently treating the pig herself then let her continue.
Yes, infection to your herd is a real possiblity. My vet said that the strep infection can even carry on your clothes from one pig to the next.
You are kind to want to save this pig. I would take her in only if the owners are not caring for the pig adequately.
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He says it used to be used with humans and "one in a million" got sick from it. He says (and he works with this stuff every day) that there are far more toxic and potentially harmful substances out there that are used in human drugs every day of the week.
That's no reason not to take precautions using it, and certainly no reason to be cavalier about it around children. But if chlor is in fact the AB the pig needs, aside from keeping it away from her children (which she of course should do with any med), nothing further 'special' should be needed.
Having said that, it's very harsh and in my opinion should not be used unless 1) they know it's needed or 2) nothing else has worked. Bactrim will be much easier on the pig's system anyway. If it were me **and the Bactrim proves not to do the job**, then if you can (and bless you if you can), take the pig for a culture.