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Scours in little pig??? Please help

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Okay, I get home today and one of my new little pigs has squirty diarhea. I'm guessing it's scours? The only thing done different is my son picked up some food yesterday and got the wrong kind. He fed it to them before I found out. It was 38% protein, the hi-powered stuff. Will that cause stomach issues?
And, what do I do to treat??????

Thanks.

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well i am not sure if the food would do it but if you just got them than chances are it may just be a reaction from being trucked. I would probably make sure that they get some electrolytes and if it gets really bad than call a vet they can sometimes give you a medicine to help that. Other than that I would just watch and wait.
Good luck


Edited by turnerstar31 - 10/31/08 at 2:53pm
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I've had them for almost three weeks. We bought them locally. They've not shown any signs of problems up to this point. Normal color stool, just very watery. No worms. Only thing different is food.

ETA...the baby is about 8 weeks old.

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boy you got them way to early they should have been  on there mother for at least eight weeks. Hmm the only thing that I can tell you is if the pig looks like it is dehydrating or getting really sick you need to call a vet and get some sort of medicine. When calves get scours really bad there is not to much that can stop them and a lot of times they die so make sure that it is getting a lot to drink so that it will not dehydrate.


Edited by turnerstar31 - 10/31/08 at 3:00pm
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I may have my dates wrong on the ages...Between new pigs, chicks, and newly hatched baby chicks I can't keep it straight. But, they are young. No more than 9 or 10 weeks at most.

Anyway, she is still eating and drinking like crazy. Bad thing is, there are no vets anywhere here that work on pigs. So, I'm on my own.

I can't even find any medicine at any of the feed stores in the area.

Maybe it will pass. I'll just watch and see.

If I did have to get medicine, what kind do I get?

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We got our first bunch WAY too early too.  They should be about 40-50 lbs when you get them.  Trust me, you'll have lots less trouble with bigger ones. 

However, that doesn't solve the problem at hand.  If they aren't sneezing, coughing and showing any other forms of illness, I'd say it was the food.  They don't take to switching food well, you should mix old with new until they get used to it.   

You've also got to be very careful with dehydration right now.  Some feed stores sell Swine Nutri-Drench and a few treatments of that helps some.  We also fed ours lots of oats for a while.   Now, it could be Cocci too.  Similar to what chickens get, but caused by a different Protoza.    If I were you, I'd get them back on their old feed, add in a bunch of Oats, try the Drench and see how they are tomorrow.  If you are like us, you can't afford a vet for a $40 pig.  Make sure they are drinking a lot of fluids.  Dehydration can take them very fast.  Also, don't feed them any squash or anything for a while. 

Good luck.

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Well there are scour medicines that you can get at local feed stores just make sure they are for pigs. Electrolytes too.   When I was bottle feeding my piglets this summer (mother would not take them) I used a medicine called tribassen(sp) but I believe that you have to ask a vet.
With what you are saying I think that she will be fine but I might get a scour powder of some sort all you do is add it to there water. Just keep a close eye on her and the instant you feel like she is getting sick or just not acting right I would just call a vet and see what they say and if there is anything that u could do for her.

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Originally Posted by LoneCowboy 

We got our first bunch WAY too early too.  They should be about 40-50 lbs when you get them.  Trust me, you'll have lots less trouble with bigger ones. 

However, that doesn't solve the problem at hand.  If they aren't sneezing, coughing and showing any other forms of illness, I'd say it was the food.  They don't take to switching food well, you should mix old with new until they get used to it.   

You've also got to be very careful with dehydration right now.  Some feed stores sell Swine Nutri-Drench and a few treatments of that helps some.  We also fed ours lots of oats for a while.   Now, it could be Cocci too.  Similar to what chickens get, but caused by a different Protoza.    If I were you, I'd get them back on their old feed, add in a bunch of Oats, try the Drench and see how they are tomorrow.  If you are like us, you can't afford a vet for a $40 pig.  Make sure they are drinking a lot of fluids.  Dehydration can take them very fast.  Also, don't feed them any squash or anything for a while. 

Good luck.


The breeder was going out of business and went ahead and weaned the pigs early. They are registered tamworths that i got for $50 a piece. Couldn't pass up the deal.

I switched the feed back tonight. But, when you say oats, what exactly are you talking about? We are growing oats in the field, and we have processed oats for the chicks. Which one? Sorry if that sounds stupid, but it's been a really, really, really long day.

I don't live in a very rural area. I just happen to have some land in an older neighborhood zoned for agriculture. So, there are not a lot of feed stores around that cater to livestock, especially pigs. So, would something like gatoraid work?

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post #9 of 15

gatoraid would probably work alright just the key is to make sure that she is not dehydrating

post #10 of 15

When we got our pigs I gave them Probiotics It helps tyhem get their stomachs going right. If you can get that it won't hurt them it will help stop dirreaha I give it to my goats as well.

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