Veterinarian Cost with Pigs

Discussion in 'Veterinarians and Professionals' started by BEverret, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. BEverret

    BEverret New Member

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    If a pig has an issue is comparable in price to a cat or dig, or more inline with a horse or other large farm animal? I'm still debating getting pigs and this would be a huge issue.

    How often does everyone's pigs need to go to the vet?
     
  2. Dink

    Dink New Member

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    It's more in line with a horse but on a bright side I have never had a hog need a vet Thank God.
     

  3. championlivestock

    championlivestock New Member

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    It is definitely more in line with other large animals, such as cattle or horses. I have not had to use a vet very often, but when I have, it's been because it's a train wreck, such as a prolapse. Some people also have to call a vet to pull pigs or other practices that I usually do myself.

    I have also had pot bellied pigs, and had one that got attacked by a stray dog. It was nearly $400 to have him fixed up.
     
  4. PF

    PF Administrator Staff Member

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    What happened to it? What did they have to fix?
     
  5. championlivestock

    championlivestock New Member

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    He had several puncture wounds and they ended up amputating part of his ear. It looked a lot worse than it really was. The bummer part was I had to take him to a vet teaching hospital (only place there was a vet who would see him) and it was after 5 so there was an after hours charge.

    However, the sow I had with the prolapse ended up being nearly $500 for that vet bill.


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  6. PF

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    Could you have tended to the ear yourself knowing now what they were going to do?
     
  7. CesumPec

    CesumPec New Member

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    Were these pets or livestock pigs? Spending $400 - 500 on livestock doesn't make sense to me, unless it is some prize animal.
     
  8. championlivestock

    championlivestock New Member

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    I probably could have tended to the ear myself knowing what I know now. As for the prolapse, no way. That had to be done by a vet. I raise show pigs, and since the sow was bred, it was worth it to spend the money on her.

    Bottom line though, it's not cheap to have a vet work on pigs usually.


    Robyn Scherer
    Owner, Champion Livestock
    www.championlivestock.com
     
  9. PF

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    What did they do for the prolapse?
     
  10. Andi

    Andi New Member

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    I can't remember a problem we have ever had with a pig. Granted we only raise one or two a year (for 30 years) but I can say I've never called a vet for any of them.

    We free range them with the sheep and they pretty well tend themselves. I'm sure if I had a large number of pigs, that could very well change but with a little care ours have done well. (KNOCK ON WOOD ;))