9.6.07 updated pics of piggy

I apologize to everyone visiting looking for some fun antics and stories of my farm..

Right now i'm engulfed in a piggy problem. And the best way for the vets to see the problem is to post it here and send them a link. Below the photos is a rundown of timeline again. And meds given.

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Iggy is a 2.5 year old pot belly pig. he is aprox. 250 lbs.

This is day 25 of onset of illness. He spent first 5 days not eating or drinking, pooping or peeing. vet came day 6 administered, ivomec, naxcel, banamine. with 3 more days of injections for me to do. i did without a problem. thru out this time frame his temp was 104-106 {f}. he should minor improvements. but nothing substantial.

Started 5 days of trimethoprim sulfamethazole tabs. He showed improvement. and since that time has gotten up and ate grass, very constipated manure, and peed. at least once a day since.

Started 10 days of ciprofloxacin (after urine culture). lucky to have gotten 5 sporadic days of pills into him. He just would NOT take any food that had cipro in it. It was either feed him without. or he just would not eat. or drink.

For the wounds i've been putting on silver sulfadiazine. which is helping to soften the skin peeling off. Otherwise its razor sharp. Skin under the flakes which are red is hot to the touch. Other portions are peeling off but not inflamed, skin is not hot.

Vet is coming monday to re-asses and take a skin biopsy.

For more pictures, and more background information click here.

So the consensus is its NOT dippity. Its NOT erysipelas. So what is it? I don't even know what a circovirus is. I usually delve into bacteria issues. Virus' are a whole nother ballgame. One that i can't fathom how my indoor/outdoor pet pig can contract a farm hog virus.


  1. i'll be interested to know what the skin biopsy tells you. i'm betting it has something to do with the brutal heat and humidity we've had.
    after the skin peels, do more pustules and scabs form? or is it too soon to know? i'm wondering if a spray of tea tree oil with some kind of innocuous carrier oil would be of any value whatsoever?
    dang girl! i feel for you!
    keep us posted

  2. Hi jayedee. what a month huh? I'm at a loss. but piggy does seem to be a bit more active as of yesterday. its kind of up and down though... I hope we can figure it out!

  3. Have you received the results of the biopsy? Our mini pot belly has very similar symptoms that you are describing about your baby. Ours was sick for about 3 days and then took a turn for the better after 2 antibiotic shots. But now we are having the same issues with her skin peeling, hers is not to the extent of your poor baby. I am hoping to get some help and you are the first thing I have found in 2 days. Any info you can give is appreciated.

  4. Have your received the biopsy results yet? Our pit belly is currently having her skin peeling. She went the very same symptoms your baby went through. Sick for 3 days and after 2 antibiotic shots she was feeling better bit now her skin is peeling but not quite as bad as your poor piggie. Any information you have received would be really appreciated. I hope your piggie is feeling better.

  5. Hi Melissa... sorry i didn't see this sooner. this was years ago. I don't think the biopsy ever came back with anything definitive, just normal things in the soil. Which can create issues if the immune system is down. what we ended up figuring out was it was a photosensitive reaction to a plant he ate. He's never had another episode and he's 15 years old.

  6. My 3 month old piggy is going through this same thing right now :( any advice or ways to comfort her, the cracks are so deep it looks aweful and I know its painful for her

    1. so sorry to hear you are going thru this with your piggy. My only thought is what i used mentioned above, it must have been from the vet. to soften the rough skin peeling off. What you don't want to do is put something on the skin with out first asking your vet so that it doesn't mess with anything he is giving orally. i would look up and see if ban amine is something you can give for pain in a pig. Good luck with her healing. It was self limiting and it did finally go away.


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