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Table 3 Clinical signs of failure to thrive in 842 piglets on day five of life

From: The effect of New Neonatal Porcine Diarrhoea Syndrome (NNPDS) on average daily gain and mortality in 4 Danish pig herds

Days with diarrhoea
Clinical finding1 None 1 day >1 day
   During day 1 During day 2-5  
Hollow flanks 18% 10% 23% 38%
Protruding ribs 3% 2% 9% 22%
Dull hair coat 38% 27% 41% 50%
Dehydration 0% 0% 3% 15%
  1. 1Definitions used: Hollow flanks: The area behind the ribs deviated inwards; Protruding ribs: Ribs and spine were visible; Dull hair coat: Hair coat appeared dull and longer than normal; Dehydration: sunken eye-balls and lack of skin-elasticity.