Pig Care Manual

Last updated: January 24, 2013

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A very cute young pig walking while looking at the camera.

A complete manual outlining aspects of pig care from anatomy and terminology to behaviour. This is vital information for those considering adopting a pig. Below are the contents included in the manual.

Table of Contents

VITAL SIGNS…………………………………………..3

POINTS OF THE PIG……………………………….3

PIG TERMINOLOGY…………………………………4

PIG TYPES……………………………………………..4

PIG BEHAVIOUR……………………………………..5

PIG HANDLING………………………………………..5

IDENTIFICATION OF PIGS………………………..7

DENTITION AND AGING…………………………..8

BODY CONDITION SCORING…………………..9

FEEDING AND NUTRITION………………………11

Water……………………………………………………..11

SIGNS OF ILL-HEALTH…………………………….12

VACCINATIONS……………………………………….12

Leptospirosis……………………………………………12

Porcine parvovirus…………………………………….12

Erysipelas…………………………………………………12

INTERNAL PARASITES (WORMS)………………14

Large roundworm………………………………………14

Kidney worm…………………………………………….14

Sparganosis……………………………………………..14

Whipworm………………………………………………..15

Nodule worm…………………………………………….15

Threadworm……………………………………………..15

Red stomach worm……………………………………15

Lungworm………………………………………………..15

Thorn-headed worm………………………………….15

Large stomach worms……………………………….15

Control of worms………………………………………16

EXTERNAL PARASITES……………………………21

Sarcoptic mange………………………………………21

BREEDING NOTES…………………………………..23

SOW AND LITTER CARE…………………………..23

THE HOBBY PIG………………………………………27

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