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Julie

Wheezing pig

I have a 7 year old sow who has begun wheezing badly. Her appetite seems fine and there is no evidence of nasal or ocular discharge. I have not heard her coughing either. She is an outdoor pig and hasn't been wormed for about a year so I am guessing that this may be due to lungworms and have treated with Ivermectin. If this fails to alleviate her symptoms what would you suggest?

22/10/06

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stuart stuart

The wheezing without any other signs such as coughing or discharge suggests a reaction or allergy to dust or some other respiratory tract irritant such as pollens or fungal spores. Check for any mouldy bits of hay or straw in her housing and if in doubt remove.
Often if lungworm or migrating worm larvae are involved the condition will worsen temporarily after the ivomectin treatment and there may be some coughing up of the worms.
Could it be related to her age and or condition?

22/10/06

Julie

Thanks for this Stuart - you must think I have an awful lot of sick animals!!! I have removed all her old bedding and replaced with fresh clean straw just to be on the safe side. This morning she is still wheezing but also coughing frequently - a sort of chesty cough. I am rather hoping that this may mean that it is worms and that the ivermectin is doing its job. Do you think I should be administering an antibiotic as well and if so, what would you suggest - I have Clamoxyl or Oxytet available. Might also be able to find some Pen-Strep somewhere....

23/10/06

stuart stuart

Antibiotic use to cover the possibility of a secondary infection is a reasonable course of action. Both oxytet and clamoxyl are broad spectrum and as far as which one to use your best bet is to discuss it with the vet who supplied the antibiotic. Personally of the two I would prefer the oxytet.
Good to have the updates and glad too be of help.

23/10/06

Julie

Decided to see how she was this morning before attempting to give her a jab. She seems much better today - still coughing but the dreadful wheezing seems to have subsided. If the cause was lungworms, how long would you expect it to take before she is completely back to normal? I am fairly unfamiliar with lungworms - how serious are they?

24/10/06

stuart stuart

I would expect a gradual return to normal over 7-10 days after ivomectin trreatment. The seriousness depends on the level of infestation which is dependant on all sorts of local conditions (stocking density paddock rotation etc). The fact that you appear to have had a problem in an adult pig means that others are likely to have been exposed and it would be wise to discuss a control program with your vet

24/10/06

Julie

Just to let you know that Sophie is now completely back to normal. Another crisis averted - thanks Stuart!

30/10/06

stuart stuart

That's what we like to hear. Well done. Thanks for letting us know.

30/10/06

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