Help! Mom won't nurse new piggies

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Help! Mom won't nurse new piggies

Post by Melanie L. Thompso » Tue, 10 Aug 1999 04:00:00



I need some help as soon as possible.  My piggie just had 2 babies this
morning.  2 others were stillborn.  She refuses to nurse them.  They are
trying but cannot find her teats and when they finally do, she runs off.

We have had several litters (although this is her first) but we have
never experienced this before. How can I help?  What will happen if they
don't nurse?  I even saw one nibbling on a carrot and they are only 7
hours old!

I understand that piggies are lactose intolerant, but some of my books
suggest milk-soaked bread.  Mom is just not interested! Help!

Thanks in advance for your input.
MT

 
 
 

Help! Mom won't nurse new piggies

Post by shanc.. » Tue, 10 Aug 1999 04:00:00


I've actually held a sow back against my chest so her baby could nurse.
I've also given milk soaked wheat bread.  No problem there.
 
 
 

Help! Mom won't nurse new piggies

Post by Leann » Wed, 11 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Hi
They sell a product in pet stores that is in a can and simulates mother's
milk. I fed it to my baby rats that lost their mother. I hope this helps!!
Leanne
Quote:

>I need some help as soon as possible.  My piggie just had 2 babies this
>morning.  2 others were stillborn.  She refuses to nurse them.  They are
>trying but cannot find her teats and when they finally do, she runs off.

>We have had several litters (although this is her first) but we have
>never experienced this before. How can I help?  What will happen if they
>don't nurse?  I even saw one nibbling on a carrot and they are only 7
>hours old!

>I understand that piggies are lactose intolerant, but some of my books
>suggest milk-soaked bread.  Mom is just not interested! Help!

>Thanks in advance for your input.
>MT

 
 
 

Help! Mom won't nurse new piggies

Post by Tamm » Wed, 11 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

>I've actually held a sow back against my chest so her baby could nurse.  I've

also given milk soaked wheat bread.  No problem there.

Excellent idea!  Thankfully, my sow has a good mothering instinct.  

How far do folks go here for their pets?  You all may think I'm crazy, but I
tried to resuscitate a stillborn.  I've been in the medical field for ten years
and it just seemed like the natural thing to do.  Lord knows it wasn't easy
calculating how many breaths and compressions to give a 4 ounce pig!  I wasn't
successful, though.  I'm sure it was dead for awhile before it was born.  

Tammy

 
 
 

Help! Mom won't nurse new piggies

Post by Charlie Len » Wed, 11 Aug 1999 04:00:00


My experience with the stillborns, or near stillborns, (sadly) is to let
them go ... we had one about 4 months ago, who, while not gone yet, was
in pretty bad shape. Similar situation, 2 born fine, 1 definitely gone,
and this one.

I pulled him out and began to move him around in my hands in a vain
attempt to warm the little guy. Which seemed to work for about 4 hours
or so ... he even began to walk a little better, which he flatly had not
done since being born in the morning. This, we found out later, was
something his mother should have done for him ... apparently the sows
"knock the kids about" to get them alert after birth ... kind of like
the proverbial doctor spanking the newborn human.

Our vet theorizes that the sows make conscious decisions as to which of
the babies to make a concerted effort with ... especially in cases,
where there are a lot of babies in a short period of time ... as was the
case for this poor little guy and his brothers ... or in borderline
cases. Kind of makes sense from a survival standpoint.

Anyway, the little guy passed ... much to the consternation of my
daughters. I'd have been much better off just letting momma GP make the
call.

Charlie