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Hogs can get many diseases, you need to know the causes, symptoms and treatment, also prevention. There are a large number of diseases that can affect a hog and this will vary from place to place depending on the area you where you live and raise hogs. Remember that so many diseases are entirely preventable as you need to keep the feed lots and houses sanitary, unclean and filthy lots and houses will encourage disease. African Swine Fever- This is likened to hog cholera and is the most devastating of all swine diseases. It is caused by a virus and can withstand heat, putrefaction and dryness. Symptoms include high fevers, no appetite, red skin and depression. A very high percentage will die from this. Call your veterinarian if you become suspicious of this disease. Anemia- This strikes mostly small pigs with a lack of iron and copper from the soil. Symptoms will include, weakness, breathing problems, swollen conditions around the head and shoulder and loss of appetite. Consult your veterinarian for the proper nutritional control on the feeding. Arthritis- This disease can result in heavy losses as pigs won't feed correctly and you need to feed longer to get the hog to market. The cause is bacteria and also an injury could cause arthritis. Damp, rough or cold floors can contribute. Symptoms include joint swelling, then hardness, stunted growth or going lame. Streptococus the bacteria which causes this disease can be treated in the early stages by your veterinarian. Baby-pig Hypoglycemia- This means there is not enough sugar in the blood and it will affect baby pigs during the first three days after being farrowed. The cause is unknown and not contagious. Pigs become listless, don't want to nurse and usually die. Consult your veterinarian. Bordetella Rhinitis- This is caused by atrophyic rhinitis, an infection of the nasal cavity by Brdetella bronchiseptica. This is an organism that gets into wounds or scratches in the mouth or nose of pigs, can be spread from the...
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