Sow With Hot & Red Teats

I have just received an email about a sow who is due to farrow soon and her teats are hot and red.

“Hi Sara. My sow, Matilda, is due to have her first litter in the next few days. She is very content but I have noticed her back teets are very red and feel very warm, is this normal? She doesn’t seem to mind me touching them at all, I have been bathing them and she doesn’t seem to mind that either. We have had pigs for a year now and this is the firtst time we have gone through pregnancy. She has been wormed and her farrowing ark is clean. What more do I need to do?” Nelly

My response was
Hi Nelly,

I hope Matilda is ok. Watch out for mastitis which is a hardening of the teats and hot and painful teats. Mastitis can be treated with antibiotics. Here is a link http://farmingfriends.com/mastitis-in-sows/

http://farmingfriends.com/tip-for-helping-to-prevent-mastitis-in-sow-when-weaning-piglets/

Here is a link about signs of a farrowing sow
http://farmingfriends.com/signs-of-a-farrowing-sow-or-gilt/

http://farmingfriends.com/what-to-do-with-a-pregnant-sow-or-gilt-that-is-close-to-farrowing/

Hope these links are useful.

Good luck with the farrowing.

Let us know how she gets on. Just to let you know I have a free forum where there are lots of friendly members http://farmingfriends.com/forums/

Kind regards
Sara

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Tip For Helping To Prevent Mastitis In Sow When Weaning Piglets

I was recently told by a neighbouring smallholder that a good tip to help prevent mastitis in a sow when weaning the piglets is when the piglets are weaned (about 8 weeks old) from the sow leave the runt with the sow.

  1. This will help to stop the sow from getting mastitis as the runt will drink the sows milk and stop the sow from drying up too quickly and the teats becoming infected.
  2. The runt will grow well and quickly on the sow’s milk.

If you have any advice for helping to prevent mastitis in sow’s at weaning time then please leave a comment.
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Mastitis In Sows

Mastitis affects sows and gilts that have farrowed and are feeding piglets or have just weaned their piglets.

Signs to look out for include:

  • Teats that are hot to the touch.
  • Teats that are hard and lumpy.
  • Sow not eating.
  • Heavy breathing.
  • Raised temperature.
  • Lethargy in sows.
  • Not standing up.

Mastitis needs to be treated quickly, so if you suspect that your sow or gilt has mastitis then you may want to call for your vet. Mastitis can be treated with a course of antibiotics.

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