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Marty is a neutered male pig who is about 20 months old. Today

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Marty is a neutered male pig who is about 20 months old. Today is Tuesday, but I caught him eating a dead bird on Thursday. Friday morning around 3 am, he began throwing up and that lasted until 5:00 am. He was very lethargic, and would not really eat or drink. I took him to the vet Friday, and he received three shots: steroid, antibiotic, and something for nausea. He slept the rest of Friday, for the most part. Saturday morning, he seemed back to his normal self, and has been until this morning. He is very lethargic again. All he wants to do is sleep. He went to the bathroom this morning and ate and drink in small amounts. I found two areas of raised patches of skin along his side. I don't know if these are the injection sites from before, or if this is a new development. I tried to take his temp. a few times, but my thermometer is giving me different readings every time. It was about 100.4, but again, I think that thermometer is bogus. I'm just worried sick about him. I called the vet this morning, they said as long as he is eating drinking, and going to the bathroom, those are good signs. He said it may be because the steroid shot wore off, and may take a couple days for him to recover. I feel while that may be likely, he is SO lethargic that it is concerning. And not to mention that he isn't interested in food or water, except in the smallest amounts.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
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Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 2 years ago.
Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
I am so sorry to hear about poor little Marty. This reaction you are seeing now may be due to a secondary allergic reaction. For this, give him Benadryl at 1 mg per pound every 12 hrs. Supportive care at this pount is important so provide him with electrolytes as well as water during this period to be sure Marty does not become dehydrated.
There is a chance that he may have developed an intestinal obstruction so if Marty does not respond to this within a day, have your vet examine the poor guy again to be sure we did not miss something.
Does that make sense to you?
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