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Pig Health

Keeping pigs healthy includes a comprehensive program that involves providing good feed and water, a clean and appropriate environment, building a strong immune system, and treating sick pigs. By learning the basics of pig behaviour and normal appearance, you can more easily recognize signs of illness, injury, or disease.

  • Effective disease management involves a three-step approach which includes: prevention, identification, and treatment, where biosecurity is the first step in prevention. You are not alone in this — developing effective herd health and disease management protocols should be completed in coordination with a veterinarian.
  • Understanding terminology and differences between normal and abnormal signs of health is an important part of maintaining the best possible welfare for your pigs. A veterinarian can assist you in developing effective herd health and treatment protocols. Proper implementation of vaccination and deworming programs will reduce health-related issues on your farm.
  • Unfortunately, there will be situations where a pig becomes sick or injured with no chance of recovery and will need to be euthanized to relieve their pain and suffering. Your job, as a caregiver, is to recognize when euthanasia is the best treatment option for the pig. When it is, it must be provided as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Preventative medicine for growing pigs
Preventative medicine for breeding stock