Is your sick pig showing Dippity symptoms? Pig can’t stand up? Does miniature pig keep walking backward?
Is there something oozing out of their back? Your mini pig probably has D
The first time my mini pig Bentley got Dippity I was startled but knew exactly what it was.
Learn the symptoms and how to treat it, so if your miniature pig experiences it, you won’t be alarmed.
Pig Dippity is also known as bleeding back syndrome. Once you see this on your pig you will understand why.
When Bentley got Dippity he was out under a pine tree. I touched his back and he made a noise but the stuff was sticky. Bently was 1.5 at the time.
He was walking around fine, and I thought it was sap.
We continued on our walk and he started dropping his back legs. Unable to walk and a serum coming out of the skin are signs of pig D
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Exactly what Bentley had. I decided to make sure and go for the third symptom to watch for- pain.
When I went to touch on his back I noticed the spot was getting larger. Sure
This is exactly was Bentley was doing. He was rooting around on our walk like normal. I wasn’t quite sure because other then that he was fine.
Common Symptoms according to American Mini Pig Association.
- Occurs in young pigs – between 4 months and 4 years
- Sudden, rapid onset
- Screaming/squealing in pain
- Dipping or temporary loss of use of hind legs – it usually does not affect front legs
- Red, oozing sores on back – there are usually more than one, and they make stripes across the back rather than following the length of the back bone
- Pigs will try to run or move away from the pain
- Pigs will usually eat and drink
- Pigs will usually have normal stool and urine
- Pigs will usually have a normal body temperature
- Usually lasts 2-4 days
- Can reoccur in some pigs
- Happens most often in small pet pigs, occasionally in show pigs, and has been reported a few times in farm pigs
- Seems to be associated with a stressful situation
I started to feel really bad because Bentley got D
I thought was it too cold? Was he upset?
What it came down to is he had a change of environment and we had a major warm up in Feb. to a 65 degree day. The combination of those things had him experience Dippity.
This is more common in mini pigs than farm pigs. Why? No one really knows for sure.
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How to Treat
There really isn’t anything to do for it other then let it ride its course. It lasts about 2-4 days. Bentley’s lasted the full four days. If your pig is living indoors and can’t settle down Benadryl (aka diphenhydramine) up to 1 mg per pound every 8 hours is reccomended.
Of course if things don’t feel right and your pig’s condition is getting worse you will need to call your vet.
WHEN TO CALL A VET- According to American Mini Pig Association
- If the pig is not responding to treatment
- If the condition continues for longer than 4 days
- If both the back AND front legs are involved (probably not Dippity)
- If your pig will not eat nor drink
- If your pig continues to be very painful
- If your pig runs a fever (temperature greater than 103)
- If your pig seems unresponsive
The one thing I didn’t find online was how gross it looks after. The first time day it was really oozy. The second day not so bad. The third day I could tell it was drying up. The pictures I have are from day five.
It doesn’t look so bad.
It was once the oozing stopped it got really crusty looking. At the time I didn’t think I would be blogging about pigs so I didn’t take many pictures. I will emphasise it looked like big black scabs. After a week they went away and his skin is back to normal.
When I touched the scabs he didn’t squeal out. I am assuming it was just the natural healing process for the skin. You could put coconut oil on it, I didn’t put anything on and let it naturally heal.
Bentley didn’t seem too worked up about the situation. I mean look at him he’s a beefy dude! He’s my buddy and it was painful to watch him with Dippity. Mostly because of what I read online, but I will tell you, it’s common.
It’s not your fault. Your pig loves you just as much and will pull through in a few days.