Be wary of these food animal regulations when treating pet pigs


Regulations for food-producing animals can restrict what clinicians may do for pet miniature pigs

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Laila Proença, DVM, PhD, MV, MSc, DACZM, discusses food-producing animal regulations and how they impact veterinary care for miniature pet pigs in an interview with dvm360®. She previously co-authored an article for dvm360® regarding preventive medicine for miniature pet pigs that explores the topic more broadly. Here, Proença focuses on potential pitfalls clinicians may experience when treating these pigs.

View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript.

Laila Proença, DVM, PhD, MV, MSc, DACZM: Some antibiotics, you can only use if you're treating a respiratory problem, and some antibiotics you can only use if you're treating a dermatological problem. So, you can't really extrapolate, and so that's so important. So, there are some that [are prohibited], period, [and[ cannot be used. There are some that can be used in certain circumstances. And there is the feed directive, for example, where it's like, I can't just put on my discharge instructions, 'Hey, give this medication with their favorite food,' because again, I cannot recommend medicated food.

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