Week of 25-Aug-2017
What is the cause of the liver lesion in this heavily pregnant sow found dead?
At post mortem examination, with the carcass still warm, there was blood stained fluid in the abdomen and the liver was in advanced decomposition with aeriation (aero chocolate liver). There was a pungent decomposing smell emanating from the abdomen
The condition is due to toxins produced by Cl novyi which is present in the small intestine and ascends the bile duct. There was mild small intestinal inflamation in this animal
The disease is a common if sporadic cause of death in adult sows especially in late gestation in good condition. The disease tends to occur more frequently in warm weather. It can also be seen in finishing pigs close to slaughter especially those fed wet co-products
It can be confirmed by FAT or PCR testing of the liver.
Similar liver changes can be seen at post mortem examination if the animal has been dead for more than 12-18 hours as part ofthe normal decomposition process. The condition should therefore only be diagnosed on the freshest of carcasses.
If necessary a multivalent Clostridial vaccine can be used but attention to feeding hygiene, avoiding excessive sow condition and good control of environmental temperatures can all reduce the risk.
Week of 22-Sep-2017
What is the likely cause of this lesion seen in >10% of lungs in slaughter pigs each week from a breeder feeder farm?
Week of 15-Sep-2017
The ulcer shown is in the preputial diverticulum of an adult boar culled due to persistent haemorrhage in the ejaculate. What is the likely cause?
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?
Week of 01-Sep-2017
Which infectious disease is the most likely cause of the haemorrhages visible on the serosal surfaces of this growing pig which was found dead?
Week of 07-Aug-2017
What is the most likey cause of the lesion seen in a single 10 day old piglet on an outdoor pig unit in January?
Week of 31-Jul-2017
A first parity weaned sow can not hold her weight. It shows poor response to antibiotics and NSAIDS. What is the most likely cause of this lesion?