Iron deficiency anemia in piglets
Iron deficiency anemia in piglets develops as a consequence of
insufficient iron supplement. Typically, therapeutic doses of
Uniferon® 20% on the 1st-3rd day of the piglets' life
are an effective method for prevention of iron deficiency
Due to low iron contents in sows' milk, piglets usually suffer
from insufficient iron concentrations to maintain satisfactory
hemoglobin blood levels until weaning. Furthermore, piglet iron
deficiency anemia may also be caused by blood loss from navel
bleeding possibly related to vitamin K deficiency.
Without proper iron supplement, this can lead to iron deficiency
anemia, which may predispose the piglets to other serious health
In nature, piglets may acquire sufficient supply of iron from
soil, but since a majority of the piglets are brought up indoors
without direct access to soil, iron supplement is required.
Piglet iron Injection
Although oral iron supplement is possible, variations in iron
ingestion as well as limited intestinal iron absorption make piglet
iron injection the favorable choice for iron supplement.
Pharmacosmos' veterinary iron dextran is the most commonly used
medicine worldwide for prevention of iron deficiency anemia in
piglets and is approved in North, Central and South America,
Europe, Australia, South East Asia and Japan.