One of the sow's nipples is purplish and swollen. The family tells me that the baby will not use that one.
I figured it was mastitis and instructed them to do a warm compress and soak and try to reduce the swelling and also administer fluids (pedialyte) and vitamin C.
I'd like to put her on Bactrim but is this ok while she is nursing?
Should I tell them to try to express it?
Is there anything else I can do for her?
I'm not sure I would want to pass on low doses of antibiotics to the baby. It could potentially cause a problem with resistance later on. With the baby nursing, more milk will continue to be produced. I know it's early, but weaning now could possibly help the sow "dry up", and stop adding to the infection.
Definitely start antibiotics and compresses and fluids and Vitamin C.
Someone mentioned alternating hot and cold compresses. Will either of these help the engorgement? I presume that hot compress goes before expressing, then cold after?
What else can they do to reduce the pain for Polly after weaning?
But I am concerned, of course, about the mastitis spreading and also endangering the baby.
Is this normal for her to be in so much pain? They say they can't even pick her up.
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If she's not nursing, I would try giving her Rimadyl. An anti-inflammatory might help out, reducing the inflammation (and also the pain). If the sow ISN'T nursing, it shouldn't be a problem (ie, meds transmitted to the baby).
The antibiotics should clear up the painful part of the infection within about 36 hours or so (I think) even though to make sure it's all gone the pig has to be involved for 10 days or so. All I can go on is my experiences with urine scald and UTI - The pain stopped after 36 hours, and the pig "felt" normal again, I mean. Anti-inflammatories can reduce the swelling, and maybe some pain meds just to get her through this tricky part.
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It helps to not express all the milk. Milk is a supply and demand equation. The more you express, the more you make. Try only expressing half the milk to slow her production. Poor thing....... I feel for her. It pains me to think of mastitis after 10 years. I'd give her pain meds.