Rainy season poses new challenges for hog raisers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 11:49

The onset of the rainy season brings new challenges to Philippine hog raisers, who must have a ready program not only to prevent and treat diseases associated with a wet environment but also ensure that the animals’ nutritional needs are met, according to experts from the Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company or UNAHCO.

One unique approach to help hog raisers is the Vetracin Pulse Medication Program – a combination of prevention and treatment regimens designed to reduce the spread of harmful bacteria that cause animal diseases during critical seasons.

Dr. Ritzelle Maria Capili, Univet Swine Business Unit Head, said the Vetracin Pulse Medication Program is a strategic medication for the control of diseases. It takes careful consideration of the optimum periods when antibiotics with vitamins should be administered.

“It is called Pulse Medication because antibiotics with vitamins are given only during peak critical periods in the swine’s life cycle, as opposed to giving them continued medication all throughout,” she said.

Under the Vetracin Pulse Medication Program, Dr. Capili said, suckling pigs are given Vetracin Premium when they are 7 to 21 days old. Vetracin Premium contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B12 and 11 percent Chlortetracycline and is mixed in the animals’ drinking water.

Then, on the 5th, 9th, and 13th weeks, the hogs are given Vetracin Gold for five to seven days. Vetracin Gold has Tiamulin, Doxycycline, Vitamin A, and Vitamin B12 that help animals fight harmful bacteria during their fast growing stage.

“The Vetracin Pulse Medication Program is focused more on disease prevention, so that hog raisers can maximize their profits from raising swine and avoid huge losses when their animals get sick or die,” Dr. Capili said.

For animals that do get sick, Dr. Capili said they should be given Vetracin Ultima, which she describes as the ultimate antibiotic that eliminates harmful bacteria and treats other symptoms associated with complicated and serious respiratory diseases.

She said Vetracin Ultima is a combination of the five most effective antibiotics: Doxycycline, Tylosin, Bromhexine, Paracetamol, and Prednisolone. It should be given to sick hogs for five to seven days by mixing two teaspoons of the formula per gallon of drinking water.

She said Vetracin Ultima is effective against respiratory infections like bronchitis and rhinitis, including pneumonia; gastrointestinal tract infections like swine dysentery and porcine proliferative enteropathy; infectious arthritis; and erisypelas. — Nonoy E Lacson