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Hi

I have a group off seven Tamworth hogs,  born late July,  that I am overwintering. This week one of them has gone lame.  Monday/ Tuesday she seemed to be favoring one hind leg,  I felt around and did not find anything unusual,  except that her leg muscle felt softer them the others.  Now she has progressed to where both rear legs seem bad,  she can't walk just scoots around on her rear. Her feet seem slightly swollen but otherwise there is no obvious cause.  I realize now that weeks ago she was moving around fine,  but would quickly sit whenever she got to where she was going. I can poke around at her without any obvious signs of discomfort.

Any ideas?
 
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send that pig to the butcher, or do it yourself.  You do not need expensive vet bills.  Look at the bright side, the others are doing great!
 
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Transporting her to the vet or having the vet make a house call will get expensive very fast.  Sadly I agree with Michael on this. Might be time to butcher. At least she is not feverish and can be safely butchered.



 
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If it isn't possible that the problem is a simple stone bruise of the hoofs, then yes I agree it is time for the butcher for that one.
We have one sow that has had a couple of stone bruises in the past, when she gets them she likes to sit a lot, usually about 4 weeks pass and she is up and moving like usual again.
But, I have never found her muscles to be "soft" or tender, checking the hoof makes her let you know it hurts. (careful of those teeth).

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