How to treat and care for basic pig wounds (With audio version)
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Pigs are known to be very intelligent animals.  But when they get in a fight with another pig it is not uncommon for them to bite each other. This post will help you learn how to treat these wounds safely and effectively so your pigs don’t have to suffer any longer than necessary.  Each different type of wound deserves its own treatment method but if you follow the guidelines laid out below then you’ll know what to do every time. If at any point, your pig seems uncomfortable or their injury looks severe please consult with your veterinarian immediately!

Abrasions, lacerations and punctures/penetrating wounds are all examples of the types of skin damage that can be inflicted on pigs. A mild abrasion is an injury where there has been scraping; something like a blunt iron bar might do this if the pig rubs against it repeatedly over time without letting up pressure or speed.

Abrasions and lacerations happen when the outermost layer is scraped off or torn away in some way respectively but not enough for a puncture penetrating wound which will leave an opening into muscles deep inside causing pain upon touching it.  

Puncture wounds are a common type of injury. They can be caused by anything from needles, sharp structural objects, to animal bites, and often times entail the risk of infection as well because it pierces through so many layers in a pig’s body. Punctures need emergency care at home or veterinary clinic for cleaning purposes depending on how deep into tissue they go; however 50% – 100% end up becoming infected eventually even without treatment!

Cleaning and dressing a wound begins with careful cleaning. All dried blood, dirt or debris should be washed away using mild soap and lots of water for best results in removing any infective germs that may have infected it before they can cause infection on top.

Topical antibiotics only need to be used for the first 48 hours as they also kill any good bacteria in the pig’s body. You should not use prescribed antibiotic medications unless it’s been directed specifically by a vet.

In conclusion

Sometimes it’s inevitable for a pig to get hurt, but you can take care of them with some basic supplies.  The best course of action is to clean the wound with water and soap. If there is dirt or debris in the wound, use tweezers to remove as much as possible. Next, apply an antibiotic ointment and bandage over the area with a non-stick gauze pad.  This will help protect against infection and promote healing while keeping out any foreign particles that could cause more damage to your pigs’ skin. Lastly, monitor the injury site daily for signs of inflammation or infection like redness or pus coming from the wound. Do this by removing any dressings if they are present before cleaning again.

Hog Aorta, 2021.