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?

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E. coli with a virulence factor F18 was detected by RT-PCR in this pig.

E. coli is a common inhabitant of the intestine of the pig. At weaning time the loss of sows milk and IgA allow the E. coli to attach to the villi of the small intestines, the toxins cause acute enteritis and diarrhoea. Post-weaning diarrhoea is a common cause of mortality and morbidity. Zinc Oxide had been removed from the weaner diet. These weaner pigs did not have any medication in feed or water. The inclusion of Zinc oxide and medicating the water with colistin helped to resolve the problem. Zinc Oxide in the peri-weaning diets improves pig health and acts as a growth promoter. It prevents diarrhoea and post-weaning enteric disturbances greatly.

Week of 18-Oct-2018

Many sows have abscesses in the side of the neck. What is the cause of this lesion?

Week of 12-Oct-2018

The whole litter of piglets is trembling and shacking. What is the cause of this condition?

Week of 04-Oct-2018

A carcass is split in half and an abscess is found in the spine and burst. What is the cause of this lesion?

Week of 28-Sep-2018

A number of finishing pigs have ulcerative pododermatitis on the lateral side of their feet which causes lameness. What is the cause of this lesion?

Week of 20-Sep-2018

Some gilts and sows have died suddenly during the last few months with no apparent clinical signs of disease. There is haemoperitoneum and splecnomegalia at post-mortem examination. What is the cause of mortality?

Week of 14-Sep-2018

Some finishing pigs are found with swelling of the tails with blood. What is the cause of it?

Week of 07-Sep-2018

A piglet is born alive with 6 legs. What is the cause of this finding?

Week of 31-Aug-2018

A lactating sow is found with widespread raised rhomboid lesions on the skin. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

Week of 24-Aug-2018

Dead pigs with cyanotic ears and lower and distal parts of the body are found in one room of a flat deck accommodation. Some pigs are alive but dope. What is the cause of this condition?