Week of 08-Sep-2017

This non-fatal scour is seen in piglets from 10 days of age. What is the most likely primary cause?

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This is a classic example of coccidiosis in pigs due to Isospora suis. It is the most common cause of scour in pigs beyond the second week of life.

If uncomplicated with secondary infection it is rarely fatal but can restrict weaning weights by up to 2.5 kg/pig at weaning. Whilst extensive sampling may find coccidial oocysts in affected herds the most reliable diagnosis is achieved by sacrifice of a newly affected pig with histopthological examination of small intestinal loops fixed in formal saline.

In uncontrolled disease both E coli and rotavirus can complicate primary coccidial infection.

Treatment of affected pigs is often unrewarding with pigs continuing to scour until they are weaned. Post weaning performance can be compromised by both the extensive gut damage and underweight pigs weaned.

The disease is a feature of poor farrowing accommodation hygiene; detergents followed by disinfection will help reduce risk but oocysts are resiliant and can survive despite cleaning.

Subclinical infection and inadequate control may be linked to post weaning failure to thrive due to maldigestion.

Week of 23-Feb-2018

Sudden death in 6 – 8 weeks old weaner pigs. Carcasses are pale. There is haemorrhagic abdominal fluid with clotted blood strands and hepatic rupture. Excess of fluid in the thorax. Heart and muscles are pale. What is the most likely cause?

Week of 16-Feb-2018

This pig had a good body condition, was anaemic and died suddenly. The intestinal content is dark black. What is the most likely cause?

Week of 09-Feb-2018

This sow has reddening of skin and considerable pain. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

Week of 02-Feb-2018

This pig had a good body condition, was anaemic and died suddenly. The stomach had a dark black content inside.

Week of 26-Jan-2018

Necrotic lesions in the feet of a weaner pig. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

Week of 19-Jan-2018

Some pigs have swollen ears and walk with their heads tilted to one side. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

Week of 12-Jan-2018

There is scour, ill thrift and high mortality during the first 4 weeks post-weaning. All post-mortemed pigs had the same gross lesions, as the one seen in the picture. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

Week of 05-Jan-2018

Small intestine opened during a routine check in the slaughterhouse: what can we see?

Week of 29-Dec-2017

This pig has a mass protruding from behing. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?