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Ruptured Blood Vessel

This is often seen post farrowing and can be life threatening. The blood may be fresh and bright red indicating fresh haemorrhage or dark brown previous haemorrhage.


  • Blood from the vulva or vagina evident.
  • Blood in faeces.
  • Blood in urine.
  • Pale pig.
  • Rapid breathing.
  • Dehydration.
Piglets, Weaners & Growers
  • Rare

Causes / contributing factors

  • Damaged vulva.
  • Ruptured blood vessel at farrowing.
  • Acute cystitis.
  • Dead piglet in the womb.
  • Haemorrhage from the umbilical cord.


Identify the source of the haemorrhage and ligature if possible.


  • If a fresh haemorrhage, apply pressure
  • See vulval haematoma for treatment
  • See also cystitis
  • Give anticoagulents - vitamin K

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