Wednesday, July 14, 2010

This Little Piggy...

As you can see from the posts, the farm vet works primarily with cattle but also does some work with horses in between. This week he had a call for a different species! It was for a pig that had a prolapsed rectum. It most likely happened because the pig had been straining as a result of bowel problems.

We have to admit that the porcine species is not the favorite of the farm vet and he does not work with them on a regular basis. He does have some experience working with the animals from vet school. He spent a couple weeks on a sow farm in England but had never encountered a prolapsed rectum! So, he discussed the situation with some of his colleagues and decided how best to treat it.

This pig was at a high school farm nearby. When the farm vet arrived, there were students and the farm adviser all there to watch and help. Pigs are very good at squealing at a very high pitch for long lengths of time and this pig lived up to that description perfectly. Needless to say, this is not one of the qualities the farm vet enjoys about pigs. After a few minutes of struggling to wrestle the pig into a position where he could work on it, he managed to clean the rectum, get it put back into place and put a stitch in so as to help prevent the problem from occurring again. The job got done and the pig has been reported to be doing well! It was a fun trip to do something out of the ordinary. This is why they call it "veterinary practice," as the farm vet would say.

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