Today, I was horrified to discover that the babies have chewed off the tip of one of her teats. She is still nursing them (they follow her constantly). It must be horribly painful. It looks nasty, maybe even infected. What to do?
The babies weights in ounces are: 5 3/8, 5 1/4, 5 1/8, 5 3/4, and the runt at 3 7/8. They are 13 days old and are eating hay and pellets. The runt (a satin PEW girl) showed failure to thrive after birth, so I took the other four out for an hour (twice a day) and left her in to nurse on her own to try and catch up for several days. She's gaining slowly, but hasn't caught up to her siblings.
There are two boys and three girls in the litter. I want one girl to stay with the mother to be adopted out as a pair.
The babies seem to be eating hay and pellets without any problem. I am worried about the small one.
Can I put the babies in with another adult sow for company if I remove them? Or would they try to nurse and drive the adult crazy?
I removed the four larger pups from Vivi and left the runty one with her. I did that because I was afraid that she would have engorgement issues going from nursing 5 hungry pups to none. Things seemed to be going okay, but yesterday, I noted a drop in weight. This morning, she definitely has a huge mastitis. The teat that was bitten is hugely swollen and she also has a large hard mass down her abdomen. She is in a lot of pain, even holding her leg up on that side and not walking on it. She also did not eat over the night (only baby poos from Vashti, her pup).
I have an appt at 11:30 to get her to the vet and get her on some antibiotics. Is there anything else I can do for her? I can give her some metacam for the pain? Should I take the remaining baby out? I don't believe she is nursing the pup at all. It is probably too painful. I really wanted to leave a pup with her to keep her company and be adopted out with her, but I could always put a pup back in later.
Is it common in dogs or other species I think but not sure if the same types of treatments for them would work on gps?
I was just about ready to mix up some Critical Care tonight, when I finally saw Vivi at the pellet dish eating. What a relief! I also saw adult piggy poos in the haybin, so she must have been in there eating some hay. I feel so bad for her having so much trouble after being such a wonderful mother to all those pups.
PS: "Vashti" means "white wave." This baby is a PEW satin and looks like she is also going to be a silky. She's going to be a knock-out (although right now she just looks like a shiny little runt!).
Poor thing is just a baby herself. Anyone have any experience with this? I've been continuing her bactrim and metacam and had been applying warm compresses to the affected area (until I saw the skin problem). I'm also handfeeding her two or three times a day with CC as she is not eating as much as she should.
I've never seen a pig take as much CC in one setting as she does. She just sits there and sucks it in. In 2 feedings she will go from 1 lb, 8 ounces to 1 lb, 11 ounces. Of course, I would rather she be eating hay.
The vet instructed, "Only fleece!" so I took the hay pan out of her cage (Carefresh + hay) and have decided to only give pellets right now. She really wasn't eating much hay anyway (never has since coming into the rescue) and if it's only short term, I can try and get her to eat more hay later. I'm just afraid that little bits of hay or hay dust will work it's way into the wound.