Dosing with Uniferon has Multiple Advantages

The most practical, cost-effective, rapid, and accurate method of dosing, and effective administration of supplemental iron to baby pigs is via injectable administration.

Accurate dosing and low adverse events

Minimized risk of sub-clinical or full-scale iron deficiency anemia

Supports optimum growth rates of baby pigs on all-milk diets

Enhances immunity and improves general health and nutrition of baby pigs

  1. Gaddy, H.J. et al., 2012: “A review of recent supplemental iron industry practices and current usage of Uniferon® (iron dextran complex injection, 200 mg/mL) in baby pigs”. In: Proc. 43rd AASV Cong., March 2012

Dosage and Proper Injection Technique

Dosage per baby pig is 1-mL of Uniferon 200 for each of two recommended injections.

The correct injection technique is necessary to ensure that the iron is correctly administered to enable the iron supplementation to be absorbed from the injection site and assimilated into the bloodstream effectively. There are only 20 drops in a 1-mL dose of Uniferon, which means each drop contains 10 mg of iron. Thus, every single drop counts! 

Failure to properly inject Uniferon will likely result in sub-clinical or full-scale iron deficiency anemia in your baby pigs. Be certain that everyone involved in the administration of iron via the injection process is aware of, and follows, the following best practices injection techniques.

  • In the U.S., Uniferon 200 is labeled for deep intramuscular injection in baby pigs.

  • Prior to making an injection, check to make sure that the injection site is clean and dryIf the baby pig’s skin is dirty or wet, sanitize the injection site. Allow skin to dry before performing an injection.

  • Place tension on the skin over the rear of the ham and inject to a depth of one-half inch, or slightly more. Use a small needle. Insert needle firmly and quickly. Pharmacosmos recommends a 20-gauge x 5/8” sterilized needle for administration of Uniferon 200 to baby pigs.

  • Give the injection, release the skin, and remove the needle. The skin will spring back in place, will cover the hole in the muscle, and will seal the injected material in place, minimizing the risk of leakage from the injection site via the needle track.

    Use a new needle after every ten baby pigs, or after each litter.