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    We have a young sow. She was just weaned about 4 weeks ago. We are newbie hog owners so we are still learning what to do with her. Yesterday, she stopped eating her feed. Today, I just went in there and she was trembling. Then, she went into some sort of convulsion. She’s running into walls at times and kind of wandering around aimlessly. Lethargic. Doesn’t squeal when we pick her up like she normally would. Foaming at the mouth a little. Any idea what this is and how to treat it?

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    Member: PA Duane & Kelly LuzierDuane & Kelly Luzier


    So sorry to hear of your pig’s health issues and hope it’s not too late to respond. I would get that pig to the vet ASAP. It is not normal in the least.

    We had a somewhat similar issue 2-3 years ago during a hot Summer, with going down and not getting up, trembling and convulsions. We took one deceased and one alive with active symptoms to our State Vet in Harrisburg for an answer and it ended up being “salt toxicity” caused by a build up of salt in their system during a drought followed by a heavy rainfall of “deionized” water and the salt left loose into the piglets system and caused brain swelling. Not sure if that would be your answer though since there are several diseases in pigs that can lead to the same symptoms (which the vet tested for and ruled out). If the piglet did not make it, we are sorry for your loss. If you have others in the same age group, keep a close eye on them for similar symptoms.

    Duane & Kelly Luzier
    (814) 685-3861

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