This is Beatrice. We rescued Beatrice as a piglet 5 years ago from a cruel life of factory farming. She has grown into a very large girl. Over the last few weeks she has been having trouble with her back and has been struggling to get up. Our vet has explained that this is due to her size. Most factory farm pigs that do not go for slaughter at a young age live with arthritis and other back problems. She has been on pain killer and seems to be improving. She is being walked daily to keep her joints moving. She may need to be on pain killer for life.Sadly if she does not improve with pain killer or gets worse her quality of life will have to be considered. Lets keep our fingers crossed for this beautiful intelligent girl. We will update you on her progress.
25/02/16 UPDATE ON BEAUTIFUL FLOSSIE.Since we last updated you we have had some very positive news and some slightly negative news on her progress.Lets start with the positive. Our vet is very pleased with her back leg and the wound's progress. He thinks there is a good chance that the skin will grow back and in time she will be able to use the leg again. There is healthy tissue growing back and no sign of infection. The wound is healing very very well. We will post some pictures of her wound before and after soon. In herself she is very bright and making friends with Gatsby who lives next to her in the winter barn. On a negative note, unfortunately another wound has been discovered on her front shoulder. The bone on her shoulder has been chipped and small fragments of bone are being rejected by her body. Slowly but surely they are making their way out through the wound. This has caused flossie to struggle on her front right leg. Our worry is that the bone will heal fused together and she will not be able to straighten her leg properly.Her progress is monitiored daily and we will update you with any new news soon.
Beautiful Flossie did very well yesterday despite the long journey and tests. During an x-ray she was happily munching on an apple! She has really come to trust us and I think she realises we are trying to help her.
The X-ray showed that she has very bad septic arthritis in her front joint most likely caused by the attack. It was so badly inflamed that the vet could not tell if the leg was fractured/broken or not. She was very happy to come home with us a...nd she is now on a different antibiotics for the infection.
When the inflammation goes down she will be having further x-rays.
The back leg has healed fantastically and all that it needs is a brace to keep the hoof the right way up for walking.
Well done Flossie. Lets keep our fingers crossed for her front leg.
21/03/16 With a week of dry weather one of our pig enclosures has dried out just enough to put Two lucky pigs out, Rosie and Buddy.
What a treat they had rolling around in the mud, and burning of some of their energy stored up from being in their winter enclosures.
HAPPY EASTER! Flossie has now got a new friend.
Freddie is one of our elderly sheep that has athritis and has stayed in to have some extra tlc with Flossie.