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Iron for piglets

Iron is an element indispensable to the animal body: it is essential in the formation of hemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying oxygen to cells. Confined piglets that do not receive iron supplement may have a mortality rate between 9% and 60%. Furthermore, a condition of iron deficiency anemia can determine the occurrence of low development, low food conversion and higher predisposition to secondary infections.
Many forms of iron supply have been adopted, from the supply of earth to different iron formulations for oral use. However, the most efficient and safest form is the application of 200 mg injection of iron dextran at 20%, normally in a single dose. This practice is executed between the third and fifth day of life of the piglets through intramuscular or subcutaneous route.

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