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Laminitis

This disease affects all pigs. The key clinical signs include lameness; pain over hooves; animals walking on knees.

Background and history

Inflammation of the soft highly vascular sensitive tissues that connect the bone to the hoof. It is an uncommon but very painful condition causing animals to walk on their knees.

Clinical signs

  • Animals walking on their knees. Reluctant to stand.
  • Lameness.
  • Pain over hooves.

Diagnosis

This is based on the clinical signs.

Causes

The cause is unknown.

Prevention

As the causes are unknown, there are no related preventative measures.

Treatment

Affected pigs should be culled.