The information listed on this page may contain errors and be inadequate. I recommend everyone to search for as much information as possible on the internet about diseases that we may get.


I can get something called erysipeloid, a bacterium called Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, which I can get from soil, fish and animal meat. The bacterium is transferred to skin wounds that come in contact with either infected soil, meat or fish.

Symptoms of having erysipeloid are inflammation, red swelling around the site of infection, infected skin lesion (abnormal growth or appearance in surrounding skin), elevated outer edge of the rash, the middle of the infection is usually rose-colored.

 It is treated with antibiotics, but we must ALWAYS be vaccinated every six months!

Hoof-and-mouth disease

Hoof-and-mouth disease (Aphtae epizooticae) is a extremely contagious virus sickness which affects cloven-hoofed animals (pigs, cattle, fine, sheep, etc.)

Symptoms is:

  1. Limping due to inflammation in the hoofs and bi-hoofs.
  2. Blister like sores between the hooves
  3. Blister like sores on tongue and lips
  4. Blister like sores in the mouth
  5. Fever


Point circovirus type 2 can give disease complexes as:

  • PMWS (postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrom)
  • PDNS (porcint dermatonefrotisk syndrom)
  • Weaky piglets
  • Fetal death


This is to complex to write about here, but you can get information about this from your local veterinarians who works with pigs.

Sows (female pigs) must ALWAYS be vaccinated against PCV2-virus!


Parvovirus vaccine MUST be given to sows that will be used to give birth, the vaccine helps preventing fetal death caused by the parvovirus.

Vitamin E / Selenium deficiency


  • Stiff legs
  • Sitting a lot on the romp
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle problems



Provide supplements containing vitamin E and selenium, or give vitamin E and selenium for itself.

Maintenance measures:

Vitamin E – 400 IU (International Units) daily.
Selenium – 150 – 300 mcg (0.15 – 0.3 mg) per week.

N.B. It may be poisonous for the pig to be given more than this!



  • Problems with eating food.
  • Throws up frequently



Acid-reducing medication – talk to your local veterinarian.

Maintenance measures:

  • Give a lot of rough food
  • Use the right type of compound feed (only sows)

E. coli

E. coli (Esherichia coli) vaccine should be given to sows that will be used to give birth, the vaccine protects the piglets from getting piglets diarrhea.

The vaccine does not protect against any other diseases caused by E. coli.

Tail biting

Tail biting is a symptom of something wrong in our living environment, for example that we don’t have anything to dig in, that it is to dirty around us, that we don’t get activated enough, and so on.

This can be avoided by keeping us activated and give us places where we can dig and root in, make sure we not are hungry (NB it is important to not give us to much food, since we almost always are hungry, but it is also important that we don’t get to little food.), and so on.


Bedsores is something that sows can get if they lay to much still.

Bedsores can be prevented by activating us often, so we have to move.

Bedsores on gilts and pregnant sows is not something I will write about here, since it is too much to go into, but you can get information about this from your local veterinarians that work with pigs.


Scrapie is a infection that can be infected via the gastrointestinal tract or through sores and scratches.

The symptoms is:

  1. I have a very urge to scratch my self against eg. trees, stones, furniture, etc. all the time. This causes me to get sores in the skin.
  2. I have an unusual course.
  3. I collapse


It does not exist any treatment for this disease.

Cow madness

Cow madness is a deadly illness that attack the brain and leads to changed behavior, change in walking, and movement, and eventually death.

It does not exist any treatment for this disease.

Swine flu

Swine flu is a respiratory infection in the pig.

Symptoms are fever, problems with breathing, runny nose, loss of appetite, cough and weight loss.

Can be transmitted from pigs to humans.

Treatment: Unkown