When Ellie May lost the ability to walk, Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog was proud to play a part in helping the paralyzed piglet get a new set of wheels.
Here is a video that explains how a case of Dippity Pig Syndrome left Ellie May paralyzed and how a group of animal lovers rallied to her aid.
Ellie May’s story
Ellie May is a sweet young pig who was rescued by Windy’s Ranch & Rescue in Nevada. During her first few weeks at the ranch, she came down with Dippity Pig Syndrome. The disease, which is also known as Bleeding Back Syndrome or Erythema Multiforme, is a painful skin condition that occurs in healthy young pigs. It is comparable to the Shingles virus in humans. Typically, it hits piglets between the ages of 4 months to 4 years-old.
Dippity Pig Syndrome is frightening for piglets
The symptoms of Dippity Pig Syndrome can be severe. They include: extreme pain when being touched and red oozing sores on the back. The sores can grow into painful stripes that form along the spine. Some pigs experience temporary paralysis in their hind legs.
Dippity Pig Syndrome lasts from 2 to 4 days. Piglets are given buffered aspirin for the pain and soft bedding for sleeping. They are kept in a dimly lit environment to relieve their stress.
Most piglets return to normal, but a handful, like Ellie May, continue to experience paralysis in their back legs.
Ellie May tried to scoot around Windy’s Ranch using only her front limbs. This got more difficult as she grew and gained weight. Windy’s Ranch set out to find a solution by reaching out to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog.