Factsheet: Miscellaneous health problems in guinea pigs
Intestinal parasites are usually not a significant problem in guinea pigs. A protozoan parasite may cause coccidiosis in guinea pigs. Pinworm infections of guinea pigs usually go unnoticed. Yes, guinea pigs cannot manufacture vitamin C and must receive an adequate supply of it from outside food sources. Adequate levels of vitamin C are always included in the formulation of pelleted diets for guinea pigs.
Thinning of the hair is a common problem of female guinea pigs that have been repeatedly bred. Hair loss is frequently noted among juvenile guinea pigs at weakened state at or around the time of weaning. Young guinea pigs are usually more susceptible than adults and is generally characterised by patchy hair loss on the face, nose and ears. Ringworm can be transmitted from guinea pigs to people. Guinea pigs are especially susceptible to sun or heat stroke, particularly those that are overweight and/or heavily furred.
Heat-stressed guinea pigs should be immediately sprayed with or bathed in cool water. A continuous light mist or spray of water and/or a fan operating over a container of ice can be directed at a guinea pig within its enclosure to lower the air temperature, whether the guinea pig is housed indoors or outdoors.
Selecting 4-H pigs. By: Ryan Harrell
By: Ryan Harrell Selecting 4-H pigs There are several things to consider when selecting a 4-H pig project. Narrow chested pigs most likely won t have the correct rib shape that is desired in pig selection. Pigs should not slope down hill from the tail to the head or shoulders of the pig. Length of body is something to consider when selecting young pigs. If buying pigs online, look for breeders who take pride in showing their pig s feet and toes.
How to Detect Health: Try to select a healthy looking pig in comparison to the rest of the pigs in the pen. Pigs should be fairly long bodied when selecting 4-H prospect pigs. Pick the Pig Based on Your Housing and Feeding Program: Only you know which pigs will work best in your program. Some people like to have bigger pigs so they can hold, while others just want to push a pig on full feed all summer long. Learn about the Dam and Sire: Pigs with good genetics will develop and become good pigs.
How do you know if a Little Pig has been Fed Paylean: Paylean is not made for breeding stock, gilts, or little pigs. In a good ethical farm that raises pigs, Paylean will not be fed to the little pigs for a sale.
Factsheet: Giving your guinea pig a health check
In order to keep your Guinea pig in the best possible condition, you will need to handle him daily, check him over for signs of illness and injuries. They may be very sick, but unless you are looking for specific symptoms, you may not realize he is ill until he is very ill. Extreme lethargy – may also accompany above conditions. Pregnancy complications: straining during giving birth, bleeding or lethargy. Reduced ability to eat food, especially if accompanied by excess water intake or slobbering.
Diarrhea that consists of droppings that are very soft and unformed. Watery eyes, eyes with lots of redness, and pus are all signs of an eye infection that needs veterinary attention. Dull eyes indicate that the Guinea pig isn’t feeling well, and you need to investigate further to determine the cause. Redness and signs of infection need to be looked at by your vet.
Policies and Procedures – Flying Pigs
This programme is a journey of self-discovery for each and every participant. We are committed to providing the best opportunity we can to allow the participant to develop their character and leadership. In order for us to be able to do this, the participant must have made the commitment to take part. Our aim is to have everyone on the programme by choice, and if the participant does not want to stay on the programme, we request the parent/guardian of the participant, remove the participant so as not to compromise the experience of others.
Animal Disease Information
Veterinary Services protects and improves the health, quality, and marketability of our nation’s animals, animal products and veterinary biologics by preventing, controlling and/or eliminating animal diseases, and monitoring and promoting animal health and productivity. Each of the links below shows relevant animal health information for that disease, including disease information related to conditions that APHIS is working to manage.
Gifts, supplies and resources for Pot Bellied Pigs
ALL pet pigs should be spayed or neutered before sold. They should be at least 6-8 weeks of age and weaned from mom. PLEASE do your homework before getting a pig for a pet. Please make sure that you’re ready to commit to this pet for the next 12-15 plus years. The truth is that the potbellied pig is only a good pet for those who take commitment and responsible pet ownership very seriously.