Deworming and vaccination of pigs and treatment of/docking of tails.
I have a few questions, could you advise me on what age to start a deworming and vaccination programme for pigs and what parasites are commonly found on South African farms?
I am hand rearing a piglet after the sow partially dried up. He is very small, but very lively. I have been feeding him a piglet milk formula and have started to alternate between giving him a bottle and giving a bowl of formula mixed with baby rice cereal. He is now 16 days old and has been picking up weight, but I don't know how much he should be putting on and am thinking that he probably has worms. We have Dectomax, which is a long-acting injectable broad-spectrum parasiticide, but the dose begins at 1ml for 33kg, and he only weighs 1.7kgs. We phoned a local vet, but have only just moved here, so we don't have a regular one yet, and he says to begin de-worming at 3 months, which does not sound right to me. I would like to put him with a recently delivered litter from another sow, but I'm concerned that being so small he may be crushed. He has also managed to damage his tail, I think by squeezing behind the panel heater which I put in the bathroom,(we don't have a nursery yet) I am treating it with a veterinary iodine spray and have given him a Terramycin 100 injection, but today it started to bleed, this is another reason why I am concerned about putting him in with the litter. He doesnt seem to feel it when I squeeze his tail, I have heard that pigs don't have any feeling in their tails? Would it be better to remove the tail? Many Thanks Christine de Beer
Initial deworming at 2-3 months of age (Ascaris roundworm is primary internal parasite.)
Initial vaccinating at 2-3 months of age
Tail and needle teeth clipping at 1-4 days of age (Injured non-clipped tails are clipped.)
you didn't mention which vaccinations the piglet will need and at what time period?
Chris de Beer
General vaccinations include leptospirosis and erysipelas killed vaccines/bacterins, beginning at 2-3 months of age; repeating in 3-8 weeks; repeating annually with single doses. Additional vaccinations are related to risks of exposures. Local veterinarians must advise