Week of 12-May-2017

There is an increase in pigs with a swollen mass behind the rear legs, below the anus. It is most frequently located on the side. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

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The unilateral swollen mass in the rear of the hind legs below the anus is a scrotal hernia.

It is thought that it is caused by failed obliteration of the process vaginalis after descent of the testis, or from failed involution at the internal inguinal ring such that it does not close off properly after the testes descend into the scrotum. 

There is some genetic predisposition and some enviromental factors that can lead to an increase of ruptures. Some of those enviromental effects that could have an effect in the rate of hernias can be increased pressure at early age (piglet piling due to handling, cold temperature) or deficient castration technique.

Hernias can affect the growth of the animal, as well as its survival rate and the value of the carcass.

Week of 21-Jun-2018

Spinal chord compression was detected when inspecting this pig carcass. What is the cause of this lesion?

Week of 14-Jun-2018

The unit has an increase of coughing and poor growth rates. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

Week of 07-Jun-2018

The vet in the slaughterhouse condemns a sow with this skin lesions under welfare grounds and reports the farmer. What is the cause of these lesions?

Week of 01-Jun-2018

Widespread petechiation and congestion of the lung. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?

Week of 24-May-2018

A weaner pig is laying on its side unable to walk, making paddling movements, eyes rolling and with opisthotonus. What is the cause of the problem in this case?

Week of 17-May-2018

A batch of finishing pigs is presented to the slaughterhouse with skin lesions around the perineal area and lower body parts. What is the cause of this lesion?

Week of 10-May-2018

A heavily pregant sow is found in the pen with blood in the vulva. What is the cause of it?

Week of 03-May-2018

A first parity sow is weaned and is lame in the hindleg. There is poor response to treatment with antibiotics and NSAIDS. Separation of the head of the femur has occurred through the growth plate at post-motem. What is the cause of this condition?

Week of 27-Apr-2018

Pigs around 15 weeks old develop purple patches over the hindquarters extending to all over the body. Mortality is high. What is the cause of this lesion?