Influenza A (H1N1) update

All visitors (especially from abroad) to pig farms with a fever, headaches, cold or other signs of flu

should be politely asked not to visit the farm or pigs.  Clinical signs of the flu

 In the meantime, avoid "casual" visits to your pigs.  This is a particular concern for sanctuaries. 

There is no reason to panic.  Types of H1N1 have been in North American pigs for over 90 years without causing disease in people. 

This will have been an extremely rare and possibly a one of event.


Swine Influenza is a zoonotic disease and can be transmitted to people to pigs and pigs to people.

If any  manager or owner of a pig farm suspects any notifiable disease the vet should be informed immediately

More information on the Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak in humans


Note, if any of our pets demonstrate signs of influenza contact your local veterinarian

Do not take the pig to the veterinarian and isolate the pig (where possible) from the other pigs on the property.

Treatment advice for swine influenza


During its lifetime your pig may need the attention of a veterinary surgeon, especially if you have never looked after pigs before.  Failure to get professional help when your pet is off-colour could well delay its recovery and may even be life-threatening.  It is advisable, therefore, to check that the local veterinary surgery, particularly if located in an urban area, has ‘in-house’ expertise in dealing with pigs.


Failure to eat

Weight problems

Body score

Skin problems

Locomotor problems

Digestive problems

Reproductive problems

Geriatric problems

Other problems

Pharmacology in the pet pig

Flu treatments



Failure to eat

This can be due to several things, such as:

(a) the pig having a high temperature when it will feel hot, especially around its ears and may be breathing rapidly with its mouth open – then you must call your vet;

(b) the pig doesn’t like the food that is offered;

(c) the pig has already eaten too much; and

(d) sufficient water is not available.