What’s Wrong with My Pigs? - Rectal Prolapse

24 June 2016, at 12:00am

Rectal prolapse can look quite ordinary but can have a serious impact on animal health. It can prevent removal of metabolites produced during the digestive process, cause pain, encourage biting by pen-mates – thus leading to infection and even bacteraemia – and, if left alone, can cause necrosis.

The last part of the gut, the rectum, has a huge unselective absorbtion capacity, meaning that if elimination does not happen regularly, together with water, a number of toxins can enter the bloodstream causing intoxication, liver burden and discomfort.

Rectal prolapse can have many causes, the most common is constipation with hard to release stools that adhere to the gut walls, such that pushing to get rid of them culminates in projection of the last segment of the rectum outside the anus.