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SKIN disorders are common ailments of pet and smallholder pigs, with 17 per cent of owners reporting skin problems within a year (Gillespie and others 2015). This study aimed to gather information about the skin disorders occurring in this population, the degree of veterinary involvement and the suitability of treatment. These data will highlight areas to focus knowledge exchange.
The study was approved by the University of Liverpool Veterinary Research Ethics Committee (Reference VREC291).
A web-based questionnaire was designed using SelectSurvey.Net (V4.089.001, ClassApps). Pig owners living in England with fewer than 20 breeding sows who had seen skin disorders in their pigs within the last two years were eligible to complete an online questionnaire available between 21 July 2015 and 30 September 2015. The study was advertised via email to pig owners who had responded to a previous questionnaire (Gillespie and others 2015), breed societies listed by the British Pig Association and smallholder societies in England.
The anonymous questionnaire collected demographic data about the owner and their pig herd and information about the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of each skin disorder they had identified within the last two years. The questionnaire is available in supplementary material.
Thirty-four pig owners answered the questionnaire. Eight responses were excluded as insufficient questions were completed for interpretation. The remaining 26 responses accounted for 368 pigs (median=8, IQR=3–33), 160 of which were over one year old. Eight (31 per cent) respondents had one …