Prolapse of the Rectum

calendar icon 8 November 2018
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Treatment

  • Rectal prolapses must be recognised early and the pig removed from the pen.
  • Replace the prolapse and retain it by a purse string or mattress suture. Return the pig to the pen. The technique for carrying this out is described in chapter 15. If the prolapse has been badly torn still replace it, and consider moving the pig to a hospital pen and treat with a long-acting antibiotic injection. In a proportion of pigs the damaged tissues become scarred with constriction leading to rectal strictures. The incidence of this is reduced by replacing the prolapse and suturing.
  • In some cases the prolapse will be completely bitten off by other pigs. Here the pig should be left in the pen as most cases will progress to slaughter although a few will develop with rectal strictures.
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