Lungworms, Metastrongylus

Lungworms, Metastrongylus, are short (1 to 2 inches), slender and white and occur in clusters deep in the respiratory tract (bronchioles). Eggs are coughed up, swallowed and passed in the feces. Lungworm eggs are ingested by earthworms, allowing easy exposure to hogs that root in the soil and eat infected earthworms. Larvae are circulated by the lymphatic system from the small intestine, through the heart and then into the lungs. “Thumping” or coughing with pneumonia is common in infected pigs. Pigs may pass eggs one month after infection. Pigs on pasture are at highest risk. Lungs should be dissected at postmortem to determine the presence or absence of lungworms

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I am the owner and operator of Mini Pig Farm as well as PigGear.
I no longer breed mini pigs, but I still have 4 of my own.
I started making pig harnesses in 2010 when I couldn't find a harness that fit right. PigGear was created when my mini pig customers needed a bigger size harness when their baby grew out of the one I provided to them.

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