Sunburn

Sunburns are present especially in outdoor reared white pigs.

Information

They are common in animals housed outdoors especially in non-pigmented white races. Ultraviolet radiation not only damages the skin but it also has implications on reproductive system and for the maintenance of gestation

 

Symptoms

Sows

  • Redness of the skin.
  • Blisters.
  • Moist dermatitis.
  • Pain.
  • Secondary bacterial infections.
  • Embryonic reabsorption.
  • Irregular returns.
  • Abortion.
  • They do not accept boar for mating.

Lactating piglets, nursery and fattening

  • Redness of the skin.
  • Blisters.
  • Moist dermatitis.
  • Pain.
  • Secondary bacterial infections.

 

Causes / Contributing Factors

  • Unpigmented reproductive animals.
  • Lack of shade to get protected.
  • Lack of puddles to wallow in extensive systems.
  • Poor maintenance of puddles.

 

Diagnosis

  • It is based on clinical signs.

 

Control/Prevention

  • Move very affected pigs inside the facilities.
  • Apply protective creams.
  • Provide more puddles.

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