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Likewise, it will become a site to expose real clinical cases with practical solutions that our readers and technicians have considered a public interest in disclosure. 

Suckling pig with arthritis in the farrowing area affected by Streptococcus Suis
Suckling pig with arthritis in the farrowing area affected by Streptococcus Suis

PORCINE STREPTOCCUS. Its prevention with substitutes of amoxicillin: Lauric Acid?   


The natural habitat of this microorganism is the respiratory tract (nasopharynx) and to a lesser extent in the digestive and genital tracts. It has also been isolated in dogs, horses, cats, ruminants and birds, which together with the possible reservoir of flies which can survive up to a week, complicates their epidemiology.   It seems a more than accepted hypothesis that the use of lauric acid seems to drastically reduce the intestinal load of this bacterium at fecal / intestinal level   and therefore its feco-oral transmission and subsequent nasopharyngeal multiplication.





Zinc Oxide has been a great ally for pig farmers to date, since its high power to control the diarrhea produced by the  Escherichia coli bacteria , guaranteed peace of mind at critical times when diarrhea occurs, such as during weaning and when entering the fattening phase.


Current European environmental pressure points to Zinc as a potentially toxic pollutant, additionally, there are studies that hold it responsible for the development of resistance to the use of antibiotics in infections due to   Staphyloscoccus   Aureus. This indicates that the withdrawal of Zinc Oxide will be effective shortly.


Good intestinal health and good handling of animals and facilities are the most effective measures against the fearsome diarrhea caused by   E.coli.