Pigweed (Amaranthus)

calendar icon 3 December 2018
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This is a characteristic clearly defined disease associated with the accumulation of oedema (fluid) around the kidneys. The signs start with trembling and an uncoordinated gait and pigs characteristically lie on their bellies. Acute kidney damage occurs usually within two to three days which in severe cases is followed by coma and death. The characteristic changes of fluid around the kidneys and history of access to the plant are diagnostic. There is no treatment and pigs should be removed immediately from the source.

Emily Houghton

Editor, The Pig Site

Emily Houghton is a Zoology graduate from Cardiff University and was the editor of The Pig Site from October 2017 to May 2020. Emily has worked in livestock husbandry, and has written, conducted and assisted with research projects regarding the synthesis of welfare and productivity of free-range food species.

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