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Rescued hog not putting on weight

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    Hello, I care for rescue hogs up to release as part of Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue and have successfully looked after many hogs over the years. I have one at the moment though that is causing us some anxiety so I thought I’d try the forum to see if others have come across a similar situation. It’s a female hog who came in with her brother in late October at 190g. She was poorly and initially treated at one of our main rescue centres until she was stable when she came to me. She gained weight steadily until about two weeks ago when her weight gain stalled. Since then it has moved up and down between 530 and 550g. She had previously had all her worm treatments and recently we’ve tried her on vitamin b. She eats well but just won’t get bigger and is now about 200g less than I would expect her to be at this stage. Does any carer have experience of this sort of pattern and any advice at all on this situation? She’s currently in my unheated conservatory as I do not want her to hibernate at the moment. Thanks for any help you can offer


    I would strongly recommend rechecking for both worms and infection. I know you said it had already been treated but treatments are not always totally successful and stress of captivity can make issues worse.

    It may be worth putting this hog with another – but only after medical checks as they often do better in captivity with another hog


    Thanks Stef, we’ll give that a go. It’s definitely worth going back a step with her as she’s not making progress.

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