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Treatment of the individual pig

When you decide to treat a pig for a disease or illness, what questions should you be asking yourself beforehand to ensure you are taking the most appropriate action?

When you decide to treat pigs orally (or by injection) ask yourself the following questions:

  • Should the veterinarian be consulted?
  • Have all individual affected pigs been identified?
  • Is this condition one that has been reliably diagnosed before or is it a new one?
  • Is it necessary to treat it?
  • Are medicines to treat this condition readily available?
  • Are there any welfare or nursing implications?
  • Should the affected pig(s) be moved to a hospital pen?
  • What methods of administration should be used?
  • What dose should be given? Is the correct information on this available?
  • How often should the medicine to be given and for how long?
  • Are any adverse effects likely?

Then you should:

  • Record when the treatment started and its progression.
  • Assess the response on a day-by-day basis.
  • If there is no response within 24 hours consult your veterinarian.
medicines used to treat scours in piglets
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The most commonly used available treatments for scours and other bacterial infections in suckling piglets.