Dippity Pig Syndrome

I would like to futher my comments on Dippity Pig Syndrome: How many of you have had pigs with dippity and how old were your pigs when they were taken from their mothers. Although the Dippity pig still is somewhat a mystery, it seems as though spring and summer months are worse. Pigs are very prone to upper respiratory problems. I guess what I am tryin to get at with my studies on this is the fact that babies need all the colostrum from their mothers milk to build antibodies for defense against most diseases and bacterial infections. Alot of Breeders take the babies at 3 days old to socialize them for human pets and I feel like this is wrong to do this and could have something to do also with this syndrome. Pigs have allergies also the same as we do, with the dippity syndrome they welk, swell have oozing from their backs and I know that benadryl does help with this condition, This is just a survey to see how many have had this and how old the babies were when taken from their moms. It has also been linked with stress.

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I am the owner and operator of Mini Pig Farm as well as PigGear.
I no longer breed mini pigs, but I still have 4 of my own.
I started making pig harnesses in 2010 when I couldn't find a harness that fit right. PigGear was created when my mini pig customers needed a bigger size harness when their baby grew out of the one I provided to them.


  1. Katelyn says:

    My Arnold, which I purchased from Mini Pig Farm, has had this twice. Both times were in the summer. He had it at age 1 and 2 years. In both instances, he had been outside playing and wading in his pool for most of the day. I assumed maybe sun/ heat related stress?… (He did have on 30 spf sunscreen) It usually only lasted about 24-48 hours and was quickly treated with an injection of dexamethazone.

  2. Sarah Henson says:

    I have a 3 month old pbp. She was in her cage today. (We keep her indoors unless we are with her outside.). When I got her out of her pen after work her hind legs seemed to be paralyzed. I started researching online and thought it must be DPS, but there are no lesions and she doesn’t seem to be in any pain. She ate her dinner normally and I have been babying her ever since. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated as it is a holiday weekend and it will be harder than normal to get ahold of a vet that works with pbp’s.

  3. Brook says:

    My little girl is going through this right now as we speak. I took her to the vet yesterday and was told she was just going into heat, She is now almost 6 months old. Her birthday is May 23, 2014. I noticed something was wrong two days ago when I woke up for work and let her out of her cage for feeding and a potty break. I let her out of her cage and she would hardly walk, even while I was making her morning breakfast she just stood there like she didn’t know how to walk anymore and no talking like she normally does when I make her food. She just stood there all weird. Later that evening she seemed fine. The next day she just seemed uncomfortable and strange but was moving around. I decided to take her to the vet after noticing a discharge from her vulva and with everything else going on and her being my first micro pig we took a trip. I get her to the vet and tell her about not moving, the uncomfortable look she had on her lil pig face, and the discharge and swollenness. He proceeds to tell me that she’s just coming into season and the cause of her not moving was that she was waiting for a boar to mount her and that its a natural instinct in females that their back legs go crazy so they don’t run from the male so he doesn’t have to chase her. I as relieved to think that it was something that happens to all female pigs and she was ok. Well that was yesterday. Today, she’s squealing in pain, and dropping her back legs really low to the ground and walking normally with her front legs. This happens e very 30 min or so. I had her on the couch with me and was looking her over and rubbing her and noticed she flinched and squealed when I touched her back. I then notice these wet circles on her back. They look like rug burn that are draining a bit. I literally just found this information on dippity pig syndrome. I don’t know what to do. She seems so uncomfortable and in pain and confused. After reading this forum I wanted to add my info. When I bought her she was still in the pen with her momma and was about a month old. I don’t know what I should do as of now. She’s still so young and I can tell she’s confused as to what’s going on. Should I have her spayed? Would that help? I read that it could be brought on due to an intense cycle. Anymore info would be greatly appreciated.

    Worried Momma

    • vickie craig says:

      Don’t be scared, this is dippity pig syndrome, it is mainly brought on by stress factors, her coming into her first heat and the trip to the vet could have set it off. It can last from 24 hours to 72 hours, it will go away as quickly as it comes. You can give her benadryl and asprin for the pain. Vitamin e oil or 1% Hydrocortizone for the back will help dry this up. Benadryl dosage based on a 3 pound pig is 1.5 ml every 8 hours. Asprin can be given 5mg per pound of body weight. Keep them quite if you can and comfort her.

      • My baby is 9 months old and has had 3strikes of this so far. I’m thinking three things..first she very hyper and could be stressing herself out as we have given her a stress free life. She is an indoor baby and lives like a princess. Two, she seems to get a mms attack about once a month and has had three episodes to date and each one worse than the last. Three, maybe allergies???

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