Glässers Disease can be found up the nose of most pigs, it’s caused by a bacterium called Haemophilus parasuis (HPS). HPS doesn’t normally cause any problems until the pigs are stressed. The classic stress is a sudden change in temperature, and this is why you often see Glässers Disease in the autumn when you have the first frosts, or in the spring when you get warm days followed by chilly nights.
Spot the signs, act fast
Unfortunately, the first sign of Glässers Disease is often sudden deaths. It can affect pigs of any age but is more often seen in weaners and growers. Pigs found alive affected by Glässers will appear extremely ill; they will be struggling for breath and will often have purple ears. At this point you may still be able to save the pigs by injecting them with antibiotics as the HPS bacteria are quite sensitive to antimicrobial therapy.
Take action against a Glässers outbreak
A veterinary surgeon should be called if you think you have Glässers Disease and they should be able to provide a diagnosis by post-mortem and provide the appropriate treatment. However there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent a Glässers outbreak:
Prepare the housing appropriately for the temperature changes:
Provide kennelling (+/- curtains and extra insulation depending on weather)
Consider curtains for open sided buildings to adjust for the weather conditions
Vaccinate piglets against HPS
Please consult your veterinarian about Glässers Disease therapy and vaccination.
For further information please contact Zoetis UK Limited, Walton Oaks, Dorking Road, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7NS. www.zoetis.co.uk Customer Support: 0845 300 8034. Use medicines responsibly (www.noah.co.uk/responsible). Date of preparation: March 2017. AH244/17
Laura graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009; after her veterinary degree she went to the University of Nottingham to undertake a PhD specialising in enteric disease of the young pig. After being awarded her PhD Laura spent a very enjoyable three years in a specialist pig practice in the South West of England. She then took the leap into Industry and joined the Zoetis pig team in September 2016.
She decided on specialising in pigs before qualifying as a vet and has not looked back since; she is very passionate about welfare and the success of British Pig Farming!
In her free time Laura is also passionate about good food and wine, fortunately the eating and drinking is balanced out by the love of walking, trips to the gym and Sunday morning runs.