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My pot belly pig gave birth yesterday evening and today she

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my pot belly pig gave birth yesterday evening and today she is not moving around at all, and letting me touch her which she never did before
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the pig. What is the pig's name and age?
Customer: I rescued her and they said she was a year old but not for sure
JA: What is the pig's name?
Customer: I just call her piggy, I have a lot of rescue animals
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the pig?
Customer: no she looks like her nose is runny and one of her eyes
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Linda replied 11 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Linda. I hope I can help with your question today.

I am so sorry for your concerns about Piggy.

First, how many piglets were delivered, & are they nursing & generally doing well? This would be an important clue in that my biggest concern would be any undelivered/retained babies.

It would be helpful to try & obtain her temperature rectally. Normal temp is around 99-100F.

If Piggy was acting & eating normal prior to her delivering her piglets, then we must assume something has gone wrong in the birthing process, & this is most often a stuck or malpositioned piglet, or uterine inertia. If your hand is small enough, & with enough lubrication, you may be able to reach into her vulva to see if a piglet is stuck. If you can feel a foot or tail, gentle traction may deliver the piglet, but quite honestly, it will be very tight in there. You will most likely need the assistance of a veterinarian, especially if this results in Piggy needing a C-section.

Please let me know what additional advice or information you may need. I will try to help as much as possible, but I think you will need to have your vet take a look at things.

Thank you.

Expert:  Dr Linda replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr Linda