How to take a pig's temp? (non emergency)

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Brimstone
For Rocky

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 5:28 pm


I know this sounds like a stupid question, and I do understand the basics of taking a pig's temp. But I'd appreciate some guidance on the finer details involved in the procedure.

I bought a digital, rectal thermometer (the "quick read" variety that claims to give a temp in 10 seconds). I've seen my vet lubricate the thermometer and put it up the pig's butt. But where exactly does it go? Is the thermometer held in the perineal sac or in the rectum?

Or is taking temps something I should just leave to the vet? Obviously I'm not planning to do it on a regular basis, only when I suspect one of them is sick and want more info before running off to the vet. Until this point I've been going with the "Well, his feet feel warmer than usual" approach. I know lethargy is a sign of a fever or illness, but Rocky is such a lump to begin with it's hard to tell when he's lethargic. And he never seems to lose interest in food, so that's not necessarily a good indicator either.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 5:35 pm


Let's see what Mel or Josephine have to say -- or someone who's been watching their vet closely. Might be different techniques for males and females (never done it).

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Bonnie

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 6:36 pm


What should a pig's temp be?

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wheeky8

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:25 pm


From cavies.com: rectal temperature 101.5-103 degrees F

From Biomethodology of the Guinea Pig:

Body Temperature 37.2-39.5 C5

It shows body temp in Celcius. I don't have a convert table handy. Anyone care to convert it to F to compare?

[edited -- Lynx]

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wheeky8

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:37 pm


ProVet Health Care:

Guinea Pig
99.0 - 103.0o F
37.2 - 39.5o C



Keep in mind, the U of Iowa table in the previous post is wrong in regards to puberty readiness and lifespan.
Last edited by wheeky8 on Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:42 pm


And in adult female body weight.

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wheeky8

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:43 pm


I don't think they spoil their pigs like we do. ;)

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:45 pm


Seriously, though, that was Einstein's weight at his second or third visit to the vet.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:47 pm


I think she wanted advice on technique, not on temp ranges.

wheeky8, it is better to just put a link up and copy a couple short pieces of info instead of a larger block. Otherwise I have to delete. Please post a link to this sort of info. Thanks.

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wheeky8

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:26 pm


Bonnie asked about normal temp. range.

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samtesla

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:33 pm


Noone mentioned burrito-ing the piggie with the obligatory towel (that's what my vet did).

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:20 pm


No, she was not inquiring about the normal temperature range, but instead asking about the actual technique used to take the temp. Maybe if you reread it, you'll see what I mean.

ChunkyPiggies

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:28 pm


I temp all animals as a policy at the clinic. You put some KY jelly on the outside and stick it in their anus. Usually only takes two person to do it.. one to hold the pig and one to stick it.

Pigs have very small bum holes.

"Let's see what Mel or Josephine have to say -- or someone who's been watching their vet closely. Might be different techniques for males and females (never done it)."

HA! Vets almost never do it. The dirty work is up to the techs to do it. I've seen more butts and butt holes than I'd like.

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salana
GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:33 pm


Bonnie asked, "What should a pig's temp be?"

CP, did you at least send the pigs (edible) flowers afterwards?

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:36 pm


Ah. A later question, not the original one.

She's still supposed to post links instead and could have only given the temp and not all the rest of the info.

ChunkyPiggies

Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:07 am


Yea I know what Bonnie asked.. I was refering to the original question.

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wheeky8

Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:52 am


Thanks for clarifying for me, salana.

CP- salana's first line in the post was to Lynx about Bonnie's question. Lynx was confused because I had answered Bonnie's question, which she did not notice had been asked. Lynx thought I was answering Brimstone's question.

Everybody on the same page now?

Lynx - Not worried about the edit, it's your forum. Will use links next time. Sorry.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:04 am


It's a matter of copyright, not just me. Do say you don't want me in chains. Please?

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wheeky8

Post   » Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:14 am


No, then I'd have to suffer from GL withdrawal.

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Brimstone
For Rocky

Post   » Wed Jan 21, 2004 4:42 pm


Thanks for the replies, and the pig temp info (useful to have handy).

You put some KY jelly on the outside and stick it in their anus. Usually only takes two person to do it.. one to hold the pig and one to stick it.

CP - I just want to make certain I understand: the thermometer goes in the rectum, not just in the sac, right?

I knew about wrapping the pig in a towel, and having somone else hold him. (I've already warned my fiance about that part!) My vet has always taken my pigs' temps, usually with me holding the pig. If there's an extra tech (or a more experienced tech) around, then that person holds the pig, but it's still the Doc doing the poking.

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