Care for your KuneKune Pig With Pneumonia

Look for signs of pneumonia. Unfortunately, many indications of pneumonia do not appear in pigs until the situation becomes life-threatening. Any signs going off food the winter should be taken seriously. Symptoms of pneumonia in pigs include.

  • disinterest in food, loss of appetite, picky eater. (Number one worry sign.)
  • Coughing.
  • Lying down (sick pigs will usually lie down while other pigs are up and about).
  • A dull appearance. 
  • Thumping (shallow, rapid breathing).
  • Fever and lethargy.

Check the pig's temperature. A fever in a pig is over 101ºF, but pneumonia typically starts at 102ºF to 104ºF. The temperature is taken through the rectum; for tame, pet pigs, this may be a manageable task, but for larger pigs who do not have regular human contact, this should be undertaken with caution. Pigs are quite strong and can cause serious harm. 

See the veterinarian right away. Antibiotics or "antibacterials" will be required for your pig, and the sooner treatment begins, the higher the pig's prospects of survival. The veterinarian may prescribe them as injections or as feed.

Keep the pig warm and dry as it recovers. Keep the pig properly nourished and ensure that the pig receives the entire antibiotic course. 

Taking correct steps can help prevent a relapse and protect other pigs from contracting pneumonia. Things to consider include: 

  • Removing any sources of stress from the pigs' environment.
  • Ventilating the pigs' housing adequately, without creating draughts.
  • Preventing overcrowding.
  • Keeping pigs warm during severe cold weather.
  • Keeping pigs wormed and drenched against internal parasites.
  • Speak with your vet about developing a management plan for the herd if your pigs continue to get pneumonia. All pigs and piglets at risk of contracting pneumonia should be vaccinated against the possibility.