Lethargic, Sick Pig May Have Swine Influenza

Lethargic, sick pig may have swine influenza

Obvious Lethargy, A Main Sign of Swine Influenza

You should be able to spot a lethargic pig easily: they suddenly don’t move around as much as they usually do and lie down more often and for more extended periods. Your pig may also look quite pale, especially along their gum line, ears, and nose.

Lethargy is often a sign of illness such as swine influenza (a respiratory disease in pigs), and paying attention to your pig is vital. Signs of swine influenza (SIV) include coughing, sneezing, rapid, shallow breaths, a snotty nose, fever, and loss of appetite. Swine influenza is passable to humans so take care when treating a sick pig. It also passes very quickly among the herd. 

Here are a few noticeable symptoms if your pig has swine influenza:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Taking shallow and strained breaths
  • Discharge oozing from nose and eyes
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Fever

Steps to Take if Your Pig is Lethargic: 

If you suspect Swine Influenza, take precautions to keep yourself safe. Wash your hands, avoid contact with any cuts or scrapes you have. Personally, I’d even change my clothes after helping my pig.

Follow these easy steps to treat your infected pig. There is no specific treatment for influenza; sadly, the illness has to run its course. But, you can avoid spreading it and help your pig to recover better. Isolate your pig to reduce the likelihood of passing it to other pigs (although it may already be spreading).

If your pig has a fever, give it antibiotics to help them avoid getting additional secondary infections. Usually, penicillin or streptomycin can be prescribed by your vet Give your pig electrolytes to help balance their blood pressure and give them more energy. Avoid further stressing them out. 

First, isolate all sick pigs. Next, give antibiotics to all pigs with a fever or coughing for at least three days. Lastly, provide your pig with electrolytes. You can also make a simple electrolyte solution at home by mixing: 34 fluid ounces of water, 0.7 ounces glucose, 0.1 ounces salt, 0.08 ounces baking soda, and 0.05 ounces potassium chloride.

  1. Isolate all sick pigs
  2. Give antibiotics to all pigs with a fever or coughing for at least three days. 
  3. Provide your pig with electrolytes

You can make a simple electrolyte solution at home by mixing:

  1. 34 fluid ounces of water
  2. 0.7 ounces glucose
  3. 0.1 ounces salt
  4. 0.08 ounces baking soda
  5. 0.05 ounces potassium chloride

Talitha van Niekerk

Hi, I’m Talitha van Niekerk, and I made the leap to farm animal ownership when I decided to fulfil my lifelong passion to own horses. Now, over a decade later, I run a public stable facility on 180 acres of land, caring for over 75 horses of all breeds and sizes. I love to write about my experiences, sharing the knowledge I have gained and helping others achieve their life’s passion to live on the land. See my about page here.

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