ThePigSite Quick Disease Guide
This is a disease associated with spirochetes distinct from the one that cause swine dysentery. It occurs mainly in growing pigs appearing very similar to non-specific colitis and PIA caused by Lawsonia intracellularis. Spirochetes are common inhabitants of the large intestine and caecum.
SymptomsWeaners & Growers
- A mild to moderate sloppy diarrhoea develops two to six weeks post-weaning that persists for a few days.
- Loss in growth.
- Most cases resolve in 7 to 10 days but in some pigs it becomes chronic.
- The disease can be difficult to differentiate from other bacterial infections, particularly non-specific colitis.
Causes / Contributing factors
- A sudden change in diet.
- Removal of copper from the diet.
- Withdrawal of growth promoters.
- Poor hygiene i.e. dirty floor surfaces, water contamination.