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Piglet with swollen vulva

Tudful Tamworths
by Tudful Tamworths
Here's one for all you really experienced breeders! Had another litter last night and the gilts looked normal. Today, one of them has a vulva that's very prominent and sticks out like Rudolph's red nose.
It's clearly nothing to do with injury nor infection, and she's otherwise fine and normal.
I've never seen this before. One person I spoke to said it was something hormonal and nothing to worry about. Another said it was quite common and should settle down in a couple of days.
Anyone had this kind of thing happen?

Thanks folks
Author of The Haynes Pig Manual and The Haynes Smallholding Manual. Three times winner of Tamworth Champion of Champions. Teaching courses on smallholding at Kate Humble's farm www.humblebynature.com Website: www.biggingerpigs.com
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Pel
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by Pel
Don't know what it is, as in i have seen it before but didnt worry as it wasnt there for long, saw it on a few but then i've also seen many umblical hernias too, so i've always thought they are quite common. I'll have a look in my books in the morning and see what it says. Had a look in them no mention of it, not much help, but i see it as a good sign not to be in a gory book (pig ailments: recognition and treatment). Perhaps the others maybe of more help.
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Keythorpe Valley Farm
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by Keythorpe Valley Farm
We have had gilts born and the same things happened - usually more prominent in white gilts for obvious reasons.  It usually settles down after 2 or 3 days and things go back to normal.  Have absolutely no idea what causes it, but it never seems to bother them, perhaps its a reation to passing the first lot of urine?
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catts
#3
by catts
I don't know if any of you have had children, but often females are affected when first born by some of their mothers hormones passing through the blood to them at birth. Thus they can show some evidence of sexual maturity (girls are often born with swollen nipples). This could be why your gilts' vulva is swollen, and why it goes down quite soon after.......
Kirsten J
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by Kirsten J
Have to ditto catts reply.  I have seen similar in human babies.  In these cases it is due to the hormones from the mother being in their blood stream still when they are born.  It takes a couple of days for the hormone levels to drop, and the swelling subsides.  I can only asume this would be the same sort of scenario.
Tudful Tamworths
#5
by Tudful Tamworths
Thanks everyone. Really useful. Pel made a good point about it not being mentioned in the list of worst things to happen to pigs! Makes me feel a lot better.
Just goes to show, however much you think you know about a species, there's always something that confronts you for the first time.

All the best, everyone.
Author of The Haynes Pig Manual and The Haynes Smallholding Manual. Three times winner of Tamworth Champion of Champions. Teaching courses on smallholding at Kate Humble's farm www.humblebynature.com Website: www.biggingerpigs.com
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