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close this bookEthnoveterinary Medicine in Asia : Swine (IIRR, 1994, 72 p.)
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- Pigs are inactive.
- Animals are frequently thirsty and shivering.
- Animals are constipated.

Touch the neck or the base of the ears to feel the animal's body heat. If the body temperature of the animal is higher than usual, the animal has fever.


Fever can result from many types of infections or injuries.


Very high fever can be dangerous to the pig and it almost always results in death. Cool down the animal immediately using the treatments discussed in this section.


- Ensure proper ventilation through adequate housing.
- Keep surroundings clean.
- Vaccinate animals against common diseases in the area.


Note: These treatments can help reduce the fever but do not cure the disease that causes it.

- Heat (not boil) 1.2 liter (500 ml) of vinegar in an earthen pot for three minutes. Moisten a clean cloth with lukewarm vinegar and gently rub it or. the whole body. Repeat the application every 20 minutes until the fever subsides or when necessary. The warm vinegar gradually enlarges the skin pores and helps release the body heat. (Philippines. 1, 2, 3, 4)

- Dissolve 2 handfuls of table salt in 5 liters of water. Moisten a clean cloth in the solution and gently rub it over the whole body. Repeat application until the fever subsides. (India. 1, 2, 3, 4)

Other treatments for fever are given in the table on the next page.

Treatment for fever

Scientific name

Common name

Parts used




Blumea balsamifera

Fresh or dried leaves

Pound 10 leaves. Extract juice.

2 teaspoons of juice

Drench 3 times a day until fever subsides. (Cambodia, India, Philippines. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,)

Citrus madurensis

Fresh leaves

Boil 2 handfuls of leaves in 2 liters of water.

Bathe the animal. (Cambodia, Philippines. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis


Fresh leaves and flowers

Pound 1 kg of leaves and 1 kg of flowers. Mix with water.

Enough for a 60-kg pig

Apply gently all over the body until fever subsides (Cambodia, India, Philippines, Thailand. 1, 2, 3, 5,)

Picrorhiza kurrooa

Dried roots

Boil 10 9 of roots in 1 liter of water.

10 ml

Drench twice a day for 2 days. (India 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,)

Swertia chirata

Fresh whole plant

Boil 10 9 of plant in 1 liter of water

10 ml

Drench twice a day for 2 days. (India. 1, 2, 3)