Ellie May is so cute she should be on the cover of a magazine. The young piglet had a severe bout of Dippity Pig Syndrome that left her with two ruptured discs. Without the use of her hind legs, she was forced to drag herself around Windy’s Ranch & Rescue where she lives. Then last week, an animal lover and Handicapped Pets came to the rescue so the paralyzed pig won’t have to drag herself anymore.
Help for Ellie May
Ellie May is a sweet-natured young pig who was rescued by Janice Ridondo of Windy’s Ranch & Rescue in Las Vegas, NV. As you might know, this is my hometown. And while Las Vegas is a world-famous vacation destination to most people, for those of us who live here it is a relatively tight-knit community. This is especially true for people in animal rescue.
I mention this because one of the most dedicated animal advocates I know, volunteers at Windy’s. She is also a board member for the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, where I am a co-founder. Her name is Gina Brown and several weeks ago, she asked if I could put her in touch with a wheelchair company for Ellie May.
I contacted Handicapped Pets and they immediately offered to size Ellie for her own set of wheels. Gina generously made the donation for Ellie’s new cart. Handicapped Pets made sure she got a wheelchair that will grow with a young pig.
Getting Ellie into a wheelchair
Janice explained that it took four grown adults to get Ellie May into the wheelchair for the first time.
“We tried to film the introduction to the chair but we needed all our fingers, no surprise she was not open to the new contraption when we first approached her, but once it was adjusted, she became an instant pro. She was happy to get out and get some fresh mud and green grass.”
Here are two videos of Ellie running around the rescue yard
Ellie playing in the mud.
Dippity Pig Syndrome sounds made-up, but it is a real disease
Dippity Pig Syndrome, which is also known as Bleeding Back Syndrome or Erythema Multiforme is a painful skin condition that occurs in healthy young pigs between the ages of 4 months and 4 years. It is compared to the Shingles virus in humans.
According to the American Mini Pig Association pigs with the disease show signs of:
- Acute pain on a piglet’s back that comes on quickly. Any form of touch or even blowing on piglets back can cause them to squeal in pain or run away to hide.
- Red oozing sores that form on the back. This later transforms into stripes that appear across the spine.
- Many pigs have temporary paralysis in their hind legs. The paralysis can reoccur.
Dippity Pig Syndrome can last from 2 – 4 days. Buffered aspirin can be given for pain. Pigs should also be moved to a familiar environment with soft bedding, dim lighting and reduced noise to reduce any further stress.
Read more about Windy’s Ranch & Rescue. Check out the pigs who are ready to be adopted.