Herd Health

Diagnosing and treating umbilical and inguinal hernias in pigs

Hernias are fairly common in young pigs and may reduce the value of the pig at slaughter. Surgical correction is possible, but not recommended


Hernias involving the abdominal wall include umbilical, inguinal and scrotal. These hernias are among the most common developmental defects in swine. Umbilical hernias are also called by the common name “belly ruptures.”

Diagnosing and treating the Suis-ide Diseases

Streptococcus suis, Haemophilus parasuis and Actinobacillus suis have similar profiles and are common in recently weaned nursery pigs. Some guidelines on how to identify and deal with them


Three bacteria with similar disease profiles have earned the colloquial name “Suis-ide Diseases.” The three bacteria, Streptococcus (Strep) suis, Haemophilus parasuis and Actinobacillus suis cause a wide range of clinical conditions, most commonly in recently weaned nursery pigs, often in but not restricted to higher health herds. These bacteria are “early colonizers,” meaning they colonize piglets at birth or in the first few days of life, making them difficult to control by management practices like segregated early weaning (SEW).