Control respiratory disease associated with
Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae or Pasteurella multocida

Pulmotil sets the foundation for nursery-to-finisher health management by controlling respiratory disease associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (App) or Pasteurella multocida (Pm). Its unique mode of action delivers the active ingredient rapidly to the site of infection and works with the pig’s immune system.

Respiratory disease is the No. 1 cause of nursery death1 and is endemic in many herds worldwide.2 Respiratory disease is usually associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae or Pasteurella multocida. Either bacterium can lead to economic damage from uneven growth and decreased feed efficiency. And once signs of respiratory disease surface, it’s often too late to recover.

Proactive intervention to maximize value and deliver more Full Value Pigs

Early, proactive intervention with Pulmotil helps to maximize value. Pulmotil provides two strategies to combat respiratory disease* early.

Feeding Pulmotil for the duration of lactation (21 days) to control respiratory disease in lactating sows decreases  mortality in the farrowing and nursery phase3. The second strategy is to feed Pulmotil for 21 days as pigs enter the nursery. In nursery pigs, early intervention for respiratory disease* control with Pulmotil reduces mortality4.

Pulmotil information

Label information

Pulmotil Blue Bird labels

Directions For Use

For the control of swine respiratory disease associated with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida, feed continuously at 181–363 g/ton for a 21-day period, beginning approximately 7 days before an anticipated outbreak.

Important safety information

The label contains complete use information, including cautions and warnings. Always read, understand and follow the label and use directions.

  • CAUTION: Federal law restricts medicated feed containing this veterinary feed directive (VFD) drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.
  • Feeds containing tilmicosin must be withdrawn 7 days prior to slaughter.
  • Do not feed more than 21 days during each phase of production without ceasing administration for reevaluation of antimicrobial use by a licensed veterinarian before re-initiating a further course of therapy with an appropriate antimicrobial.
  • VFD expiration date must not exceed 90 days from time of issuance VFDs shall not be refilled.
  • Safety has not established in male swine intended for breeding
  • Do not allow horses or other equines access to feeds containing tilmicosin.


1. USDA APHIS Veterinary Services. October 2007. “Swine 2006, Part 1: References of Swine Health and Management Practices in the United States, 2006.”

2. Merck & Co. 2008. “Respiratory Disease of Pigs: Introduction.” The Merck Veterinary Manual. Accessed 3/31/09. <>.

3. Almond, G., Eads, K. and Keffaber, K. 2006. “Assessment of the Therapeutic Effect of Tilmicosin in Lactation Feed.” Proc. 19th IPVS Congress: 523.

4. Lehe, K. and Watkins, L. 2003. “Case study: Effect of Pulmotil® on mortality and growth in nursery pigs with clinical PRDC initiated by PRRSV.” Proc. AASV: 129-130.

5. Backstrom, L. and Olson, L. 1999. “Efficacy of tilmicosin (Pulmotil) for control of swine atrophic rhinitis (AR) involving infection with Pasteurella multocida.” Elanco Trial T5CS59807. Data on file.