Signs Of Foot And Mouth Disease In Pigs

The Foot And Mouth Disease that plagued the UK back in 2001 is back in the UK and with a number of FMD cases identified in the last few months it is important that everyone knows what signs to look out for.

“Foot and mouth disease is an infectious disease affecting cloven-hoofed animals, in particular cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and deer.” Defra.

As an owner of pigs, it is very important that I check my pigs regularly for signs of illness.

Signs of Foot And Mouth Disease In Pigs

  • Sudden lameness.
  • Prefers to lie down.
  • Unwilling to move.
  • When made to move squeals loudly and hobbles painfully.
  • Blisters form on the upper edge of the hoof, where the skin and horn meet, and on the heels and in the cleft.
  • Blisters may extend right round the top of the hoof with the result that the horn becomes separated.
  • Blisters on the snout or tongue.
  • Reluctant to feed.
  • Source: Defra.

    For more detailed information visit the Defra website.

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