What are the symptoms of Tetanus in swine?

March 01, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF
The signs of tetanus are spasms of the skeletal muscles. The pig starts to have a stiff gait and in 1-2 days will have diffuculty walking, to the point that it will not be able to walk. It's muscle will go into contraction phase and stay that way. There are no unique lesions found on necropsy. There is no practicle treatment once the animal is showing signs. Penicillin and tetanus toxoid are possible items to use if an injury has occurred.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.