Pig International - November 2017 - 4

Andrea Gantz

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What you should know about
gastric ulcers in pigs
A common problem in growing pigs, producers can make nutritional
and management changes to reduce the incidence of gastric ulcers.
BY ZOE KAY

There are several reasons why
pigs develop ulcers. These may be
related to stress, management, disease or nutrition and may occur in
some genotypes more than others.
Diagnosis is carried out by monitoring symptoms and may occur
following post mortem analysis or
observation at the slaughterhouse.
The region most effected by
ulcers is where the esophagus meets
the stomach, as there is no mucosal
protection. A change in the pH gradient here results in excessive gastric
acid secretion. The gut wall becomes
damaged and ulcers form, which
may bleed. In less severe cases this
results in anemia, but large, fatal
hemorrhages can occur. In terms of

Diagnosis of ulcers may occur following post-mortem analysis.
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prevalence, it is more common in
growing animals and can be seen in
up to 60 percent of pigs at slaughter.
It is rare in piglets and is seen in less
than 5 percent of sows. 

Symptoms and prevalence
Weaner and grower pigs with

a less acute form of the disease
present with a number of symptoms including weakness, breathlessness and pallor. They may
also vomit or grind their teeth
due to pain in the stomach. These
animals will often pass feces that
are dark, in which case samples

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pig International - November 2017

Pig International - November 2017
Contents
Pigs and Money
Industry Happenings
What you should know about gastric ulcers in pigs
Business, science behind phytogenics in pig feeds
Mastitis in sows: A perennial problem
Understanding chemistry of organic acids in antibiotic-free diets
How piglet gastric pH development affects gut health
Debunking trace mineral myths in animal nutrition
Animal feed formulation: Fiber matrix secrets revealed
World’s top 40 pork processors
World’s top 40 pork producers
5 programs pig producers don’t want to miss at IPPE 2018
Products
Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index
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Pig International - November 2017 - Contents
Pig International - November 2017 - Pigs and Money
Pig International - November 2017 - Industry Happenings
Pig International - November 2017 - What you should know about gastric ulcers in pigs
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Pig International - November 2017 - 6
Pig International - November 2017 - 7
Pig International - November 2017 - Business, science behind phytogenics in pig feeds
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Pig International - November 2017 - 11
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Pig International - November 2017 - 13
Pig International - November 2017 - Mastitis in sows: A perennial problem
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Pig International - November 2017 - 18
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Pig International - November 2017 - Understanding chemistry of organic acids in antibiotic-free diets
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Pig International - November 2017 - 22
Pig International - November 2017 - 23
Pig International - November 2017 - How piglet gastric pH development affects gut health
Pig International - November 2017 - 25
Pig International - November 2017 - 26
Pig International - November 2017 - 27
Pig International - November 2017 - Debunking trace mineral myths in animal nutrition
Pig International - November 2017 - 29
Pig International - November 2017 - 30
Pig International - November 2017 - 31
Pig International - November 2017 - Animal feed formulation: Fiber matrix secrets revealed
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Pig International - November 2017 - 34
Pig International - November 2017 - 35
Pig International - November 2017 - World’s top 40 pork processors
Pig International - November 2017 - World’s top 40 pork producers
Pig International - November 2017 - 5 programs pig producers don’t want to miss at IPPE 2018
Pig International - November 2017 - Products
Pig International - November 2017 - Advertisers’ Index
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