Post by robsrarebreeds on Nov 29, 2010 4:36:46 GMT -5
One small gilt (~35 lbs) has prolapsed her rectum this morning. The rectum is out about 2in and is swollen. It is also bleeding. My question is if anyone has any suggestions or if I should just butcher her? Thanks! Robert
I'd suggest pushing it back in, puting her on pro- or anti- biotics, and feeding her oil (mineral, corn, etc.) as well as high fiber for a week. as long as it's just a little bit it shouldn't be life threatening. then again, whole roasted young pig? mmmmm
So this is what we do with our lambs, we get about a prolapse once a year.Not sure if it works on pigs it is used on cattle.
Get a garden hose about 2.5-3" long, carve the plastic down a bit as the elastic needs to sit in it.Or order a rectal ring from KV vet supplies Push it in the rectum, Keep as much of the rectum out as possible Use elastrator to put elastic over the whole thing and make sure it goes in the groove on the hose.( you don't want it sliding off closing off the rectum)I usually have a small surgical tape around the hose to keep it from going in. once it is on the amputating begins, should fall of in 3 to 5 days. Until it falls off give enima 2x a day, long acting pen.and an anti-inflamatory if you got it.
look up The Pig Sitehttp://www.thepigsite.com/articles/1/pig-health/2829/rectal-prolapse-and-rectal-stricture or look up rectal rings for pigs.
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Post by Melissa (Nonesuch Farm) on Nov 29, 2010 6:01:37 GMT -5
We have had this happen. If the tissue is still a healthy pink and not ulcerated or dried out/black then lube it up and push it back in... If there is a lot of swelling then cold (but not ice) compresses can help get that down so it will go back... If any of the complications mentioned above are going on then it's best to do the amputation following the instructions above except I'd skip the abx and NSAIDS because if she is not normal after that then she has to go to freezer camp and if you have a lot of junk in her you can't eat her (or wouldn't want to I guess).
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Post by robsrarebreeds on Nov 29, 2010 10:09:10 GMT -5
Thanks everyone. The prolapse was turning blackish/purplish and I tried to put it back in but as soon as I would get everything in and let her go it would pop right back out. I called the vet and he said that I should try to push everything back in and if that did not work to just butcher her. I worked with her for about one and a half hours and it was not getting any better so I butchered her. Very sad but at least the meat was not wasted. Thanks again for all of your helpful suggestions. Robert
Sorry to hear that you had to butcher her, but you tried and did what you thought was best.
Other remedies for prolapse that I've heard from farmers... (works for uterine also) clean the organ with saline water, and then cover liberally with sugar. It shrinks it and allows it to be pushed back in. Same for slathering with haemoroid ointment.
Post by fullquiverfarm on Nov 30, 2010 14:46:09 GMT -5
We had a piglet prolapse last year...It was a little bigger than a golf ball. We tried putting it back, it came back out. We called a friend that raised pigs. He said he'd tried fixing them in the past, and had just as much luck leaving them alone. We decided to leave it be. It turned dark, and I guess the protruding part simple sloughed off. She was a little stunted for a while, but caught up with the others by the time they were ready for slaughter.
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