Pigs are very prone to heat stress, and need a way to cool themselves down when the weather is very hot.
They don’t have sweat glands like humans and some other animals do, so they use water or mud to help keep themselves cool.
The mud layer can also help keep off pesky flies and other annoying biting insects.
During summer, make sure that they have:
- Access to clean drinking water
- A wallow or swimming area to cool down
This can be used to help treat dehydration due to either heat stroke, or dehydration caused by gastroenteritis including diarrhea
- 2 tablespoons sugar (glucose if available)
- 1 tsp salt
- Pinch of baking soda (optional)
- Add to I litre of water
- Add some flavouring such as Milo,
or 1 tablespoon of Raro powder from a sachet (optional)
Dose: give up to 20ml via syringe by mouth each hour (piglet)
And 50ml for adults
Cover if shivering from heat stroke (a damp towel is ideal) and if no better after 3-4 hrs call in the vet who may need to administer intravenous fluid.