Arthritis can strike potbellied pigs at any age. Lameness is the most common sign. The affected joint(s) may or may not show swelling. Arthritis may be caused by several kinds of bacteria (infectious arthritis), or it may be caused by changes related to inflammation, joint stress, or aging (degenerative arthritis). Early treatment is needed to prevent distortion of the involved joints. Antibiotics may be effective if bacteria are the cause. In other cases, anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce the signs. Once the joints have been damaged, chronic lameness may occur, and pain management may be required. Arthritis in multiple joints may follow bacterial infection of the navel after birth.

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I an avid horseback rider, animal lover, and Owner/Operator of Creekside Farm Tiny Oinkers or my webpage All of my writing comes from factual information, not just my personal experiences or word of mouth.

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