- For Rocky
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.
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.
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.
- For Rocky
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.