Everything we read says impaction is a problem with older males. Could she be constipated? What can we do?
If your vet thought she was impacted, it tells me this vet knows squat and you´d better start looking for a good one now. Her tongue "may" have been cought? Yikes! A good vet needs to be able to tell.
Are you sure this vet trimmed the teeth right? I just don´t have a good feeling, here.
- Little Jo Wheek
I have never heard of an impacted sow. Impaction generally occurs in older males when they accumulate feces and debris in their pouches and are unable, through grooming or lack of anal tone, to expel poops. Many experts believe that it is the soft feces that are normally reingested that cause the main problem.
I would also recommend pain relief. NSAIDS like carprofen (Rimadyl) are good, but I like more powerful narcotics when you are at this stage like Torb or even Buprenex. Valium is another good pain med that has some appetite stimulant properties. If you don´t get her eating again, this is a major, life-threatening problem. Often pigs refuse to eat when they´re in pain. Another option for GIT pain relief would be various steroids, but I would go for the narcotics, first. Simethecone infant gas drops can be purchased OTC and help immensely with bloated, gassy pigs (which usually goes hand-in-hand with anorexia).