Internal biosecurity has always been important on swine farms by preventing movement of the pathogen within the farrowing rooms. | File photo

New vaccine technology helps control diarrhea in piglets

It’s frustrating for veterinarians to try and make a definitive diagnosis of an ongoing health challenge if they lack the tools in the toolbox to help the situation. One such disease of young suckling piglets is Rotaviral enteritis (diarrhea). Rotavirus: the organism While there are many devastating viral diarrheas on western Canadian pig farms, Rotavirus […] Read more

S. suis infection in weaned pigs can result in heart valve infections that cause lesions, which vets often call “cauliflower heart,” seen here in the middle of the photo. Blood backs up into the lungs, resulting in congestive heart failure.  |  Western College of Veterinary Medicine/Dr. Ted Clark photo

Streptococcus suis is common and deadly on hog farms

Many health challenges come and go within pig populations. Recently we have had a lot of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus on Manitoba hog farms. Influenza virus and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus are also a frequent challenge on some farms. African swine fever gets a lot of attention around the world. One disease that […] Read more