We Pigs News for 07-31-2018

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. 

Keywords: [“guinea”,”pig”,”hair”]
Source: http://www.thevets.tv/pet-factsheets/Factsheets/Otherpets/24_286433.shtml

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. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”paylean”,”look”]
Source: https://docplayer.net/10116018-Selecting-4-h-pigs-by-ryan-harrell.html

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. 

Keywords: [“need”,”Guinea”,”sign”]
Source: http://www.wbvets.com/pet-factsheets/Factsheets/Otherpets/24_286429.shtml

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. 

Keywords: [“participant”,”programme”]
Source: http://flyingpigs.nz/?page_id=92

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. 

Keywords: [“animal”,”disease”,”health”]
Source: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/animal_dis_spec/swine/…

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. 

Keywords: [“pet”,”pig”,”PLEASE”]
Source: http://www.pigs4ever.com/resource.php?recordID=8

We Pigs News for 07-31-2018

Interesting Animals

Choosing the right guinea pig carrier is crucial to ensure the health, safety and happiness of your pet during transport. A proper guinea pig carrier will offer a generous supply of ventilation. They should be in a large container; preferably two feet long and you should be able to easily see into the carrier to check on him. You should always line your guinea pig carrier with newspaper. In air conditioned cars or planes, make the carrier warmer by placing a towel or small, child’s fleece blanket in it. 

If the temperature is going to be too hot, wrap an ice pack in a towel and place that in the carrier to cool the space and the animal down. Always make sure that the ice is wrapped! It is a good idea to hang a thermometer where you can see it in the carrier. Come Along Carrier – These carriers by Pets International are specifically designed for guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits and rats. They feature a handy storage spot to keep treats, easy carry handle and fresh air vents. 

Marshall Small Tote – These carriers are really only ideal for short trips, the animal will not be comfortable in this bag in on a long trip. Deluxe Sherpa Bed Carrier – This carrier is exclusive to Petsmart and one of the top recommended bags for many good reasons. This guinea pig carrier is designed to keep your pet comfortable on a long trip. 

Keywords: [“carry”,”guinea”,”pig”]
Source: http://www.interestinganimals.net/guinea_pig_carrier/guinea_pig_carrier.html

Tiny Paws Rehoming

There are many aspects to looking out for your Guinea Pigs health. Guinea pigs require nail trims every so often, it varies between each guinea pig as to how often. It is important to note that guinea pigs have a blood supply to their nails called the ‘Quick’. When cutting your guinea pigs nails you should take care not to cut too close to the quick, if you catch this it will bleed. Guinea pigs may squirm and wriggle when it comes to nail clipping, it is a two person job, one to hold and one to cut. 

If you are unsure about cutting your guinea pigs nails, Tiny Paws Rehoming can help. If you are not local, you can contact your local Veterinary Practice who will be able to help. Guinea pigs can get mites and lice, you can check for lice by looking through your guinea pigs fur. You are able to treat both of these with an anti parasite treatment, it must contain ivermectin. There are lots of different ways to check if your guinea pig is happy and healthy, its important to check they have clear eyes and ears, make sure they have not lost a significant amount of weight, to ensure they are eating, if they seem wheezy, are particular lethargic. 

If you guinea pig does not seem their usual self its always best to check with a vet. It is always advisable in any incidence of illness or injury to seek qualified veterinary advice. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”Guinea”,”nail”]
Source: http://tinypawsrehoming.org/animal-care/guinea-pig-care/guinea-pig-health…

Signs of Old Age in Guinea Pigs

Like all living creatures, guinea pigs eventually must come to the end of their life. By recognizing the signs of aging, as well as common health issues associated with older guinea pigs, you will be better prepared to help keep your furry friend as healthy and comfortable as possible. A guinea pig’s life span is affected by various factors. Genes are the first to be considered; for example, the silky haired Peruvian guinea pig can live up to 12 to 14 years, while the hairless breeds may live only 3 to 5 years. A guinea pig’s diet must be balanced with foods rich in vitamin C, as the animal cannot produce this vitamin on his own. 

One of the first signs of aging in a guinea pig is graying fur, noticeably around the mouth and nose. At about 4 to 5 years of age, the pace at which your cavy moves will begin to slow down. If it seems that all she does is sleep, and especially if she does not eat at all, take your guinea pig to be checked out by a veterinarian. An older cavy’s toes will thicken and twist outwardly as he ages. This discourages the guinea pig from exercising, which can cause poor circulation and eventually bumblefoot, or pododermatitis. 

Older guinea pigs face health issues similar to what humans experience. A visit to the veterinarian will improve the quality of life for your aging guinea pig. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”guinea”,”cavy”]
Source: https://animals.mom.me/signs-old-age-guinea-pigs-6221.html

How to know if your pigs are healthy History It is firstly important to know the history of the pig. General appearance Before looking too closely at the pig, it is good to look at the pig from a distance without disturbing it to look for signs of poor health. If the backbone, hip bones or ribs can be seen, the pig is too thin. If a pig is too fat, you can see this in the neck area, where rolls of fat develop. Very fat pigs can have problems with their feet, hearts and with breeding; they also get downgraded at abattoirs because fat pork is not popular in South Africa. 

Sick pigs have a heavier coat and the hair is often dull. Do not buy pigs with a lot of sores, as these can become infected and lead to trouble. Pigs like to lie in mud, so they may look dirty, but the body should not be soiled with blood or faeces around the tail, anus or face. Notches in the ears are a common way of identifying pigs. Pigs’ teeth are not used to estimate the age, but if some of the front teeth are worn down and the teeth are uneven, the pig may be quite old and may not be able to eat well. 

If you already have the pig, get advice from a state or private veterinarian or an animal health technician. If the pig is old or there is a problem which will not clear up easily, cull it. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”any”,”look”]
Source: http://www.nda.agric.za/docs/Infopaks/pigs-healthy.pdf

We Pigs News for 07-30-2018

Culling Pigs in Flu Fight, Egypt Angers Herders and Dismays U.N.

As a result, Egyptian pig farmers are overwhelmingly Christian. Although some of the country’s Christians are middle class or wealthy, the Christian farmers are generally poor. On Thursday, several urban pig farmers in Cairo said they see the government’s decision as just another expression of Egyptian Muslims’ resentment against Christians. The Egyptian government denied the incidents had sectarian overtones, saying they were each part of other disputes, including a fight over land. Barsoum Girgis, a 26-year-old pig farmer, lives in a poor neighborhood, Manshiet Nasser, built along the Mukatam cliffs on the eastern end of the city where most of the ramshackle, red-brick buildings were built illegally. 

Mr. Girgis makes his living through a combination of raising pigs and collecting garbage – two professions that are often tied together in a city where garbage collection can be an informal affair and where poor farmers rely on food scraps to feed their livestock. When he gets back to Manshiet Nasser, at around 9 a.m., he sorts the trash, putting aside what can be sold at the city’s booming scrap markets and what he can use as pig feed. Many of Cairo’s pig farmers live in similar conditions, sharing their small spaces in the teeming city with their animals. It remains unclear if the government will compensate the farmers for their losses. 

The Health Ministry originally said the farmers would be paid, but after many in Parliament disagreed, the ministry appeared to back down. Anxious over the reports of swine flu agree, with the government’s move. Many pig farmers say they do a valuable service for the rest of Cairo that will be recognized only if they stop picking up the trash. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”farms”,”Christian”]
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/health/01egypt.html

5154 version 7 Page 1 of 6 Monitor health and provide husbandry for pigs Level 2 Credits 4 Purpose People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify pigs; handle a pig safely for routine activities; provide feed and water for a pig; describe indications of health and ill health in pigs, and appropriate responses; carry out routine health procedures for a pig; and describe and maintain optimal environment for a pig, according to the relevant NAWAC code. Range 1.2 Pigs are identified in terms of age and sex. Range 2.2 Safe handling of pigs is described in terms of age. Safe restraint of fractious, pregnant, injured or unwell pigs is described in terms of the procedure. 3.3 Pig is fed and watered to ensure it is maintained in good health and body condition. Element 4 Describe indications of health and ill health in pigs, and appropriate responses. 

Element 5 Carry out routine health procedures for a pig. Routine procedures requiring attention by qualified personnel are identified and described in terms of individual pig’s requirements. 6.2 Suitable bedding is provided and changed to ensure the health and welfare of the pig. 6.4 Features of outdoor environment are identified in terms of pig health and welfare, and management. Range 6.5 Features of good farrowing accommodation design are identified in terms of pig and litter health and welfare, safety, and management. Requirements for collection and disposal of pig wastes are described in terms of current waste management standards. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”health”,”terms”]
Source: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/nqfdocs/units/pdf/5154.pdf

Poultry Diseases

There are a number of health problems and poultry diseases that you may encounter at one time or another. Respiratory ProblemsArticles and information about respiratory problems in poultry. Symptoms of typical poultry respiratory problems include: Runny / watery eyes, swollen sinuses, wheezing, sneezing, gurgling / rattling, and difficulty breathing. Digestive System ProblemsInformation about the digestive system and the problems that can occur in poultry. Symptoms of typical digestive system problems include: Loss of appetite, a swollen crop, bad or sweet-smelling breath, diarrhea, or messy bottoms. 

Reproductive System ProblemsInformation about the reproductive system and disorders of the reproductive system, including egg laying problems. Problems with eggs themselves are covered in the Egg Problems category below. Symptoms of reproductive disorders include infertility, hatching problems, laying difficulty, swollen abdomen and prolapse. For egg laying problems, see the Reproductive System category above. Typical egg problems are soft or missing egg shells, wrinkled or misshaped eggs, watery whites, double or multiple yolks and worms or blood spots inside eggs. 

Skeletal and Muscular DisordersArticles and information about skeletal and muscular problems found in chickens and other poultry. Cardiovascular and OrgansArticles and information about health problems with cardiovascular and major organs in poultry. 

Keywords: [“problems”,”egg”,”System”]
Source: https://poultrykeeper.com/poultry-diseases

Swine Challenges & EW Nutrition Solutions

Health and performance in pigs are closely connected to their gastro-intestinal tract. Immediately after birth is especially challenging for piglets, which are still physiologically immature and possess virtually no immune protection against the pathogens present in the new environment. The time around weaning will greatly influence the lifetime performance of the piglets. The negative impact comes from several stress factors combined with a fragile enzymatic system, unstable intestinal microflora, and an under-developed immune system. Intestinal disorders are likely to occur during both phases. 

To fight the pathogens causing diarrhoea, antibiotics are commonly used. These drugs are harmful to the gut microbiota as they do not differentiate between the good and the bad microbiota. This can create an imbalance in the intestinal microflora aggravating overall piglet performance. Antibiotics are also still commonly used during the later phases like the fattening period. An effective feed formulation – together with good production management – supports the immunity and the gut health of piglets, being essential to decrease pathogenic pressure and prevent outbreaks of diseases. 

EW Nutrition’s Antibiotic Reduction Program was designed to compensate for immunity gaps and to increase feed intake to stabilize the gut flora and maximize a piglet’s welfare and productivity. 

Keywords: [“piglet”,”gut”,”Antibiotic”]
Source: https://ew-nutrition.com/swine

We Pigs News for 07-30-2018

Organic Guinea Pig

So here is a report on my dental health – the dental health of a person whose life has changed considerably for the better. When I visited the dentist for a check up 18 months ago, the visit resulted in me having a filling because a cavity had worsened and needed refilling, I needed a scale and polish because my teeth were brown, tartar had collected around all of my teeth and the dentist was considering capping another tooth. I quit smoking – something that I was worried about doing, as when my first wife’s mother stopped smoking her teeth crumbled, leaving her with dentures at the age of 40. To have healthy teeth, you need a neutral pH in your mouth – it should be between 6.5 and 7.5 – this is done by eating the correct foods and drinking the correct drinks. I check the pH in my mouth weekly, as it is a good indicator of overall health – papers can be purchased for next to nothing on the internet – and a healthy pH in the mouth means healthy teeth !. 

I stopped eating sweets, junk food and processed foods and using refined sugars which meant that I was getting no refined sugars at all in contact with my teeth – these are one of the main causes of tooth decay. I started eating natural, organic, fresh, whole foods 80-90% of the time – these contain fructose, a naturally occurring sugar that is processed completely differently by the body and does not rot your teeth Also eating some of these raw will work towards neutralising plaque acid and cleansing the surface of the teeth. This is a gritty paste which works really well to whiten the teeth and clean off any build up of tartar. We also use an organic flouride free aloe toothpaste, which is commercially available and contains no chemicals. If they do this to your body, imagine what they are doing to your dental health – as we saw, some of the abrasives used can destroy the enamel on your teeth. 

The final thing that changed was, for the month before my checkup, I was doing our cinnamon and honey road test so was drinking a couple of mugs of cinnamon and honey in hot water per day. Tartar build up was virtually non existent! Vindication that what I am doing is working and that my overall dental health has IMPROVED since I changed my lifestyle. 

Keywords: [“teeth”,”dental”,”health”]
Source: http://organicguineapig.com/dental-health

Comparison of recording of pericarditis and lung disorders at routine meat inspection with findings at systematic health monitoring in Danish finisher pigs.

Comparison of recording of pericarditis and lung disorders at routine meat inspection with findings at systematic health monitoring in Danish finisher pigs. BACKGROUND: The use of secondary data is widespread in a range of surveillance and monitoring applications because of the low cost and high availability associated with this form of data. As they are often collected for quite unrelated purposes, they are not necessarily fit for the new purpose that is required of them. Routine meat inspection data were originally collected with the purpose of safeguarding food, but have been re-tasked to also include animal welfare assessment. The objective of the present study was to compare the recording of pericarditis, pleuritis and lungs with lesions at routine meat inspection with those performed at systematic health monitoring in Danish pigs at slaughter, in order to assess the usefulness of RMI for monitoring the prevalence of these diseases. 

Data originating from 165 Danish pig herds were collected in the period September 2011 to November 2013. From each herd, a batch consisting of all pigs slaughtered on a specific day from a specific farm were included as the RMI data, while lungs and hearts sampled from the batches were used for the SHM. The RMI data and SHM data included recordings related to a) chronic pericarditis, b) chronic pleuritis and c) lung lesions. The proportion of carcases with a specific disease recording was estimated for each batch of pigs, and linear regression was used to relate the RMI-proportion to the SHM-proportion for the conditions mentioned above. R(2),pericarditis changed to 0.42 when the regression analysis included inspection type at the abattoir. 

CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the results suggest that the correlation between findings at RMI and SHM was moderate for pleuritis and lungs with lesions, but poor for pericarditis. The latter could partly be explained by the type of meat inspection conducted at the abattoir. We conclude that caution should be used whenever RMI data are used for purposes other than those for which they were originally intended. 

Keywords: [“data”,”lung”,”pig”]
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25887329

We Pigs News for 07-22-2018

Oasis Vita-Drops for Guinea Pigs are a convenient way to assure your guinea pigs are receiving their daily intake of vitamins essential for normal growth, development, good coat condition, and overall health. Oasis Vita-Drops are a multi-purpose and balanced supplement formulated especially for Guinea Pigs, and contain all known essential vitamins as listed in the latest recommendations of the Committee on Animal Nutrition of the National Research Council. A few of our favorites are Daiya vegan cheeses, Gardein vegan meats, Earth Balance vegan butters, and Silk soy milks! Check the box next to each product to add it to your virtual list. The pigs body temperature ranges from 38 to 40C with the average being 38.8C. 

Of course very hot weather and very cold weather can affect the pigs body temperature as well as being of a heavier constitution. Nowadays, Guinea Pigs are the most favorite pets of many people. People of U.S. adores them, and they are the highest buyers of Guinea Pig. This breed of pigs is becoming famous day by day! 

When you have a pet, the whole responsibility of taking care of them is[]. Men’s Health Online is a leading mens news outlet covering grooming, fitness, nutrition, technology and more. Ritchey Animal Health products for livestock, dairy cattle, sheep, pigs. Ritchey™ has a broad range of Animal Health and Footcare products for Sheep, Goat, Cattle and Pig Keepers. To view the entire Animal Health and Footcare catalogue please see below, alternatively contact us to have one posted out to you. 

Services Classifieds in Clermont, FL. Paws at Play Pet Concierge is here your in home pet sitting needs! I provide in home pet sitting services for your pets in their own familiar environment when you can not be there for them. 

Keywords: [“Pig”,”pet”,”product”]
Source: http://www.wepigs.com/we-pigs-news-for-07-22-2018

We Pigs News for 07-29-2018

Healthy Guinea Pig Pellet Research – Switching to non-Wheat & Soya based Pellets

Cutely comprehensive guinea pig care for guinea pig lovers

Traditional guinea pig care books are often dry or too general. You just want one source you can refer to that’s easy to read and thorough and friendly and flexible and super mega heart-meltingly cute, so you can spend less time stressfully searching for information and more time spending time with your guinea pig. With over 100 pages filled to the brim with information and adorable illustrations, The Guinea Pig Guide makes it easy to learn everything you need to know to give your guinea pig a long, happy, healthy life with you. What goes into giving your guinea pig proper living quarters. How to help your guinea pig to feel comfortable and be social around humans. 

The two absolutely essential components to a guinea pig’s diet that some guinea pig owners overlook. Where to find affordable, high quality guinea pig food, hay and supplies. A resources directory with all sorts of helpful links to guinea pig organizations, vendors, artisans, hay and food suppliers and other guinea pig-related businesses. A 40 page PDF book that shows you, step by step, how to draw your own super cute guinea pigs like the ones in The Guinea Pig Guide! A set of 5 5×7″ fine art prints of illustrations from The Guinea Pig Guide, signed and dated by the artist. 

I feel your pain- I am the queen of indecision! If you’re having trouble deciding what bundle you’d like, or whether the Guinea Pig Guide is for you, I’d love to give you the first 18-page preliminary chapter to help you decide. This chapter, The Piggie Preliminaries, is full of great tips for first-time guinea pig owners and owners-to-be. 

Keywords: [“guinea”,”pig”,”how”]
Source: http://theguineapigguide.com/

10 Reasons Guinea Pigs Go To The Veterinarian

Guinea pigs try to hide any illness, and something like vitamin C deficiency can make them very sick over time. Guinea pigs are prey animals who try to hide any illness. A trusted, guinea pig-savvy veterinarian is key to your guinea pig’s good health. The RSPCA in Australia includes the following guinea pig ailments in its list of guinea pig health problems: vitamin C deficiency, ulcerative pododermatitis, mites, and dental problems. The below list of 10 are problems that are more common, but many other conditions can send a guinea pig to the veterinarian: bloat, cardiovascular disease, eye problems, and urinary stones, to name a few. 

Guinea pigs who are not neutered can face additional issues with reproductive system problems. Each guinea pig is an individual, so talk to your guinea pig-savvy veterinarian about the risks and what you can do to keep your furry companion bright-eyed and happy. Feed your guinea pig a high-fiber diet with plenty of hay and consult your veterinarian to determine the best way to offer vitamin C supplements. Never use over-the-counter products to treat mange or any other parasite of your guinea pigs unless your veterinarian gives you approval. Dental Problems: Guinea pigs have constantly growing teeth and a small mouth. 

Guinea pigs can also suffer other dental problems, such as tooth infection and fractured teeth, but malocclusion and overgrowth are most common. Reduce the chances of your guinea pig suffering an injury or being poisoned by guinea pig-proofing any areas your companion accesses. 

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”pig”,”any”]
Source: https://lafeber.com/mammals/10-reasons-guinea-pigs-go-to-the-veterinarian/

Guinea Pig Care Frankston

These cute little balls of fluff are not pigs at all-they’re actually rodents! Friendly, social and docile guinea pigs make terrific low-maintenance pets. The most important element of guinea pig care is diet-they need a good combination of hay, grass and vegetables to nibble on. Guinea pigs are unable to make vitamin C themselves and so without adequate dietary intake of vitamin C guinea pigs can develop a condition called scurvy. Our experienced vets can advise you about the best diet for your pet guinea pig. 

Our vets can advise you on choosing the right hutch for your guinea pig. A good large hutch is important, and it should be bigger for each extra guinea pig sharing the space. You can visit our vets to have them trim your guinea pig’s nails for you, or we can teach you how to do it yourself. Guinea pigs are sociable animals and need the companionship of at least one other guinea pig for company. If you don’t want guinea pig babies, make sure to create a group of same sex guinea pigs though non-desexed male guinea pigs should not be kept together as they will fight. 

Guinea pig owners should observe guinea pigs for signs of illness, including change in eating habits, drinking less water, lethargy or hair loss. When it comes to finding a vet for your guinea pig, it’s important to choose a vet that has practical experience with guinea pigs. Our team of vets have a solid understanding of the unique health requirements of guinea pigs and have plenty of experience treating guinea pigs as patients. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”guinea”,”vet”]
Source: http://www.karingalvet.com.au/pet-care/guinea-pig/

Health Risks of Owning Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are easy-care pets, requiring little beyond basic food, water, cage cleaning and handling. Sometimes guinea pigs come with diseases contracted from unclean conditions at a breeder or other specimens at the pet store. Only a few diseases can be passed from your guinea pig to you, but they can leave you quite ill and be devastating for infants. Avoid catching a disease from your guinea pig by instructing the entire family in safe handling guidelines. Bacteria found on the guinea’s fur will easily transfer to your hands and cross-contaminate anything you touch. 

Teach children not to kiss guinea pigs or put them up to their faces, not to rub their nose or eyes when handling a guinea pig and to thoroughly wash their hands as soon as the guinea pig goes back in his cage. Guinea pigs carry toxoplasmosis, a protozoan known to infect unborn children. Do not clean a guinea pig cage while pregnant if you can have someone else do it, and wear rubber gloves if you must do it yourself. House mice are the most common carriers of the disease, but guinea pigs can contract the disease when they come in contact with the droppings of infected mice or rats. A guinea pig’s sharp nails can scratch your skin, making it vulnerable to infection by guinea pig-borne staphylococcus aureus. 

Guinea pigs also contract salmonella from contaminated food. Keep guinea’s cage clean and remove uneaten food daily to prevent salmonella from developing. 

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”pig”,”Disease”]
Source: https://animals.mom.me/health-risks-owning-guinea-pigs-8171.html

We Pigs News for 07-29-2018

Animal Hospitals USApet health care information to keep your pets healthy.

In addition to offering you useful pet health care information about dog and cat dieases, diets, vaccinations, illnesses, grooming, and emergency first-aid treatment, Animal Hospitals USA also includes information about caring for exotic pets and wildlife animals. You can also learn more about the common physiological and sociological traits that characterize the behaviors of different breeds of dogs and breeds of cats. As devoted animal caregivers, our supporting veterinarians are totally committed to giving your pets the personal care and attention they need and deserve. Restoring and maintaining your pets’ total wellness is our first and only mission. Their highly qualified staffs, combined with their fully equipped hospitals and clinics, enable our veterinarians to make accurate diagnosis, and to quickly initiate whatever treatment your pet may require; from routine vaccinations to major surgical care. 

Keywords: [“Animal”,”care”,”pet”]
Source: http://www.animalhospitals-usa.com

Patterns for three little pigs Patterns For Three Little Pigs PD F searching for patterns for three little pigs full online do you really need this document of patterns for three little pigs full online it takes me 20 hours just to find the right download link, and another 5 hours to validate it. Internet could be merciless to us who looking for free thing. Right now this 70,34 mb file of patterns for three little pigs full online were still prevail and ready to download. but both of us were know very well that file would not survive for long. So i will ask you one more time, how bad do you want this patterns for three little pigs full online. 

Keywords: [“pigs”,”little”,”three”]
Source: https://cuprehealth.org/08158c/patterns-for-three-little-pigs.pdf

Noah’s Ark Pet Resort

All guinea pigs are provided with unlimited grassy hay, fresh grass, fruit, vegetables and water on a daily basis. We use only the highest quality guinea pig food for your loved one, including Oxbow Timothy Hay and Cavy Cuisine pellets. We recommend bringing along your guinea pig’s staple diet and any favourite treats, as their complex digestive system can be very sensitive to change. If for some reason you are unable to supply your piggies normal diet, we will try to replicate their diet as best we can, at no extra cost. Fresh fruit and vegetables are purchased weekly at our local markets to ensure our guests receive only the best. 

Keywords: [“diet”,”pig”,”guinea”]
Source: http://noahsarkpetresort.com.au/boarding/guinea-pigs/diet

Cavy Savvy: A Guinea Pig Blog: Can Guinea Pigs Eat Beets?

You can feed us beets 1-2 times per week, and beet greens only 1-2 times per month since they’re high in calcium, A, and oxalates. They can stain human hands pink if they don’t wear gloves when cutting them, so if your human has pink-stained hands and hasn’t given you beets, they’ve been holding out on you. It’s no big deal, but try to reassure your human that you are not peeing blood, or they probably will never give you beets again! It’s too bad you can only feed us beets occasionally since they’re so good! 5/5 stars! 

Keywords: [“beet”,”human”,”hands”]
Source: http://cavysavvy.blogspot.com/2013/01/can-guinea-pigs-eat-beets.html

Why is my guinea pig wet?

OK, when you house 2 pigs together male / female , male / male they create close bonds to each other, regardless of weather neutered or not. When 1 of your males is frisky he will sort of purr, shake his booty and spray urine over the object of his desire, Namely your other piggie. Or your amorous piggie has tried mating with the wet one and that is why he’s wet. Or it could have sat under the water bottle and been dripped on. I shouldn’t worry too much, just keep an eye on them to see if he’s laying under the water bottle. 

Keywords: [“piggie”,”male”,”spray”]
Source: https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070823063816AATkGQz

Feed Supplements, Licking Blocks, Feeds for Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Poultry, Birds

Mixing 2Kg per 80Kg of daily feed ration, or single administration. Mixing 20Kg per 1 tonne of daily feed ration, or single administration. The CHICKEN HEALTH feed supplement administered during meat production, is a feed supplement of a fat content rich in minerals and vitamins. With 1% choline content, and enhanced quantity of all necessary nutrients, chicken health for mat production contributes to the proper weight gain of the chicken, and maximizes their meat quality. 

Keywords: [“feed”,”CHICKEN”,”content”]
Source: http://www.farmablock.com/en/prod.is.chickhealthmeat.php

Feed Supplements, Licking Blocks, Feeds for Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Poultry, Birds

Mixing 2Kg per 80Kg of daily feed ration, or single administration. Mixing 20Kg per 1 tonne of daily feed ration, or single administration. The CHICKEN HEALTH feed supplement administered during laying season, is a feed supplement of a fat content rich in minerals and vitamins. It consists of all the nutrients necessary for chicken reared for laying, in the proper quantities to enhance the strength of both the chicken and the egg. 

Keywords: [“feed”,”CHICKEN”,”laying”]
Source: http://www.farmablock.com/en/prod.is.chickhealth.php

Guinea Pig: Your Happy Healthy Pet: Audrey Pavia: 9781630260125: Amazon.com: Books

This book covers everything you need to know about our cavy friends. Whether you are a beginner pet owner or have several hundred, this book is a great addition to have to add to any collection. The photography is wonderful, showing the fun side of being a pet owner as well as showing what you need to know to have a healthy and happy pet. I found it easy to read and the pictures are really great. 

Keywords: [“pet”,”showing”,”great”]
Source: https://www.amazon.com/Guinea-Pig-Your-Happy-Healthy/dp/1630260126

Located in Poplar Bluff, MO. We require a $25 nonrefundable deposit to hold a pig. We go 3 hrs for $50 or 5 hrs for $100. We can also fly pigs to pretty much any airport in the US for $300 using Delta Cargo out of Memphis, TN. All pigs are ready now or will be in about a week. 

Size will be 12-14 inches tall and they eat a diet of mini pig pellets and vegetables. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”hrs”]
Source: https://www.facebook.com/ozarkmountainminipigs

We Pigs News for 07-28-2018

Guinea Pig Companionship and Behavior

Guinea pigs are the life of the party! These little furry guys are super social creatures, and they love company from other guinea pigs and humans. Cats and dogs are seen as natural predators and may scare your guinea pig. Never leave a guinea pig alone with any other type of animal or in the care of children. Guinea pigs do get startled pretty easily, so they move slowly and speak in a regular voice. 

Children should be supervised when handling guinea pigs; the animals are easily injured and can bite if handled incorrectly. There are no set times for chit chat; guinea pigs can chirp or chatter during the day or night. Guinea pigs can also be particular about the sounds they hear. Guinea pigs get startled easily so it’s natural for them to pay extra attention to sounds in and around their environment. If you find that your guinea pig is more sensitive to common sounds around its cage that are pretty consistent, you might want to think about moving it to a more stable and quiet location in your home. 

Guinea pigs are also no strangers to social hierarchies. If you place a large amount of guinea pigs together, there is a possibility that a hierarchy will be formed. Next, please read part 4 of my series on guinea pig care, where I discuss health and illness. 

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”pig”,”any”]
Source: https://www.petful.com/misc/guinea-pig-companionship-behavior

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs reach breeding age at around 2 months old. In the wild guinea pigs eat a wide variety of fibrous vegetation. It is recommended to provide pet guinea pigs with a constant supply of fresh grass and/or grass hay. In addition to hay, guinea pigs should be provided with at least 3 different vegetables or herbs each day. Fresh leafy greens are very important as they are rich in vitamin C. 

Guinea pigs have a very high vitamin C requirement. Guinea Pigs have amazing teeth! They have a set of sharp, chisel like incisor teeth used for plucking and cutting up food. This very dynamic mouth is the reason Guinea Pigs are able to thrive on grass. Sharp spurs and spikes can form on the edges of the teeth and stab into the Guinea Pigs tongue and lips. 

Guinea pigs are social animals so keeping more than one may be considered. Suitable mixes include 2 females, male and female or mixes of neutered guinea pigs. It is not recommended to mix guinea pigs with rabbits as guinea pigs can get diseases from rabbits and they may bully each other. Guinea pigs should be given the opportunity to exercise outside the hutch for a few hours each day. 

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”pig”,”teeth”]
Source: http://www.innersouthvets.com.au/small-mammals/guinea-pigs

Ringworm or tinea

Ringworm or tinea includes tinea capitis, tinea corporis, tinea pedis, tinea cruris and tinea unguium. Primary school and children’s services centres exclusion for ringworm or tinea. Include Microsporum canis as the primary causative agent in Australia of tinea capitis and tinea corporis. Identification of ringworm or tinea Clinical features. The incubation period of tinea pedis and tinea unguium is probably weeks, but exact limits are unknown. 

Public health significance and occurrence of ringworm or tinea. Tinea corporis occurs worldwide and is relatively prevalent. Tinea cruris is commonly spread from the affected individual’s feet, and hence causative agents and occurrence are similar to tinea pedis. Control measures for ringworm or tinea Preventive measures. For tinea pedis, gymnasiums, showers and similar sources of infection should be thoroughly cleaned and washed. 

For tinea capitis, oral griseofulvin is the treatment of choice for resistant infection – for example, T. tonsurans. For tinea cruris, treat as for tinea corporis; however, also ensure that any concurrent tinea pedis is treated to prevent reinfection. 

Keywords: [“tinea”,”infection”,”corporis”]
Source: http://ideas.health.vic.gov.au/bluebook/ringworm-info.asp

Fatty acids, inflammation and intestinal health in pigs.

Fatty acids, inflammation and intestinal health in pigs. The intestine is not only critical for nutrient digestion and absorption, but also is the largest immune organ in the body. In pig production, inflammation induced by numerous factors, such as pathogen infection and stresses, results in intestinal mucosal injury and dysfunction, and consequently results in poor growth of pigs. Dietary fatty acids not only play critical roles in energy homeostasis and cellular membrane composition, but also exert potent effects on intestinal development, immune function, and inflammatory response. Recent studies support potential therapeutic roles for specific fatty acids in intestinal inflammation of pigs. 

Results of these new lines of work indicate trophic and cytoprotective effects of fatty acids on intestinal integrity in pigs. In this article, we review the effect of inflammation on intestinal structure and function, and the role of specific fatty acids on intestinal health of pigs, especially under inflammatory conditions. PMID: 26361542 Fatty acids, inflammation and intestinal health in pigs. 

Keywords: [“intestinal”,”pig”,”acids”]
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26361542

What are the health benefits of eating pigs kidneys

A USDA study found that artichokes have more antioxidants than any other vegetable, including quercertin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin. Artichoke leaf extract kills cancer cells and reduces their proliferation in many different forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, leukemia, and breast cancer. The flavanoids present in artichokes reduce the risk of breast cancer. The pulp of artichoke leaves contains a polyphenol antioxidant called cynarin which increases bile flow. Cynarin and another antioxidant, silymarin, may even regenerate liver tissue. 

Artichokes are a natural diuretic, they aid digestion, and improve gallbladder function. Many people swear by artichokes as a hangover treatment. Ingredients in artichoke leaves reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase. They raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. One large artichoke contains a quarter of the recommended daily intake of fiber, and a medium artichoke has more fiber than a cup of prunes. 

Keywords: [“Artichoke”,”cancer”,”cholesterol”]
Source: http://www.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_health_benefits_of_eating_pigs_kidneys

We Pigs News for 07-28-2018

Tonisity Px USA

Tonisity Px is an isotonic, highly palatable liquid solution that pigs will drink voluntarily, as early as Day 2 of life. With a taste profile pigs crave, Px provides the intestinal support and hydration needed to get them off to a fast, healthy start. From Day 2, Tonisity Px can be used in farrowing as well as nursery settings. Tonisity Px is the only known ‘non-milk’ drink for pigs that is used from Day 2 and throughout the weaning period. Tonisity Px is specifically designed to help support intestinal function during times of stress. 

Use on pigs from Day 2 of life, before and after weaning or transport and during any other stressful events which may occur in the pig’s life. Tonisity Px is not just another electrolyte solution composed of salt and sugar. Tonisity Px nourishes piglets’ intestines at a cellular level to help improve productivity from the very beginning. Tonisity Px is the only isotonic protein drink on the market that can be used from Day 2 and throughout the weaning period. A Tonisity Px scoop can be found within each pouch making it very convenient to mix the Px powder with water to create a 3% Px solution. 

Tonisity Px liquid solution is highly palatable and can be mixed with dry feed to make a gruel druing the transistion through weaning. Tonisity Px results in higher returns on investment for participating pig producers. 

Keywords: [“Tonisity”,”pig”,”Day”]
Source: http://www.tonisity.com/px-us.html

All About The Lovely Blue French Bulldog

So you might see various colors of French Bulldogs such as the Chocolate French Bulldog, Black and Tan French Bulldog, maybe even a Brindle, Fawn or Pied as well. In the case of the Blue French Bulldog, it would appear truly washed out, shades of a gray color or almost blue looking in appearance. According to bring specifications, the Blue French Bulldog is extremely rare and difficult to locate. Many breeders will not typically breed for Blue French Bulldog. When a Blue French Bulldog is presented in the present ring with undesirable coat colors or markings, the french bulldog can be disqualified from competitions. 

Even though Blue French Bulldog are disqualified for show and are not considered to be of a standard breed. The Blue French Bulldog has a color variation that simply comes from a recessive gene. When born, the Blue French Bulldog puppy has very light baby blue eyes. In some cases, it has been reported that Blue French Bulldog puppies have been born blind or with missing eyes. Not all Blue French Bulldog will get any or all of these diseases. 

The Blue French Bulldog should be easy to find by checking the Web for reputable breeders. Regardless of what state or country you live in, the best way to locate a Blue French Bulldog or any French Bulldog, is to get in contact with your country’s official dog association or club. 

Keywords: [“Bulldog”,”French”,”Blue”]
Source: http://www.animaldiscoveryonline.com/blue-french-bulldog

Folktale Unit: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

To help kids create their own versions of stories and learn to write a letter. The format for a letter is very important and also addressing an envelope can also be taught if time permits. First read the story of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Discuss the differences in this story with the original version that the kids remember. Discuss whose perspective the original story was written by and whose perspective The True Story of the Three Little Pigs was told by. 

Show the children where everything goes in this kind of a letter and how nice and neat it makes the letter look. Explain to the class that this kind of letter is a friendly letter and there are many different kinds of letters such as formal memo, cover letter, and business letter. Explain to the class that they are going to write a letter to the wolf from whichever character they want. They can pretend to be Red Riding Hood, the Huntsman, Grandma, or another creature in the woods that might have seen the whole story unfold from his perch on a branch. They can make up a character if they relate well to the story. 

The letter can be about how this character felt about what the wolf did and what they think should be his punishment. It would probably be helpful to make up a friendly letter on the board with kids and have them tell you where to start and end. 

Keywords: [“letter”,”story”,”kids”]
Source: http://lessons.atozteacherstuff.com/430/folktale-unit-the-true-story-of…

Guinea Pig Food: Dried Fruits, Pellets & More

When it comes to your little guinea pig’s vegetarian diet, an assortment of fruits and berries guinea pig food, fresh fruit and veggies are key. He will also need a constant supply of tasty guinea pig grass hay to help him keep his teeth clean and in good condition. Crunchy pellets are also a great way to give your guinea pig added sources of vitamins and minerals. Add a fresh supply of drinking water along with a variety of delicious foods and you’re guinea pig will stay in tip-top shape. Oxbow Essentials Cavy Cuisine Adult Guinea Pig Food is specially formulated to mirror an adult guinea pig’s natural diet. 

It’s full of high-fiber grass hay that promotes healthy gastrointestinal health and it’s low in protein, calories and calcium. Kaytee Alfalfa Cubes Small Animal Food is an all-natural, chemical free delicious treat that your guinea pig will love. Oxbow Botanical Hay Small Animal Food is the perfect veterinarian-recommended hay for all guinea pigs at all stages of life. It’s a rich blend of herbs like chamomile and lavender mixed in with hand selected, hand packed Western timothy hay that is quality assured. Mix it with other hays to create an appetizing, long-strand fiber meals. 

Feed your guinea pig a good variety of foods and treats. Shop the best guinea pig foods and treats here in Chewy. 

Keywords: [“guinea”,”pig”,”food”]
Source: https://www.chewy.com/b/guinea-pig-980

We Pigs News for 07-27-2018

7 people contract swine flu strain from infected pigs at Charles Co. fair

WASHINGTON – Seven Maryland residents have contracted a strain of swine flu from infected pigs at the Charles County fair. The infected people had close contact with the five pigs recently exhibited at the Charles County Fair that tested positive for swine flu, the Maryland Department of Health said Wednesday. The pig infection, announced earlier Wednesday, led to a quarantine of all pigs at the fairgrounds and the cancellation of swine exhibits at two upcoming fairs in neighboring counties. Transmission of swine flu – officially known as Influenza A – to humans is rare but possible, the health department said. The Charles County Fair, which ran from Sept. 14 through Sept. 17, took place at the Charles County fairgrounds in La Plata, Maryland. 

All pigs exhibited there are now under a quarantine order and will not be released until seven days after the last pig shows signs of illness. The health department said swine flu infections in humans can occur in people who have handled sick pigs, such as children handling pigs at agricultural fairs and workers in the swine industry. It is not yet clear the capacity in which the infected people came in contact with the pigs. The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the seasonal flu, including fever, cough and sore throat. The health department advised people who come down with flu-like symptoms and had contact with pigs in the last seven days to contact their health care providers. 

The local health department should be contacted if swine flu is suspected. The Charles County Health Department can be reached at 301-609-6900 ext. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”swine”,”Health”]
Source: https://wtop.com/charles-county/2017/09/swine-flu-5-pigs-charles…

FDA prescribing information, side effects and uses

Baytril® 100 may be administered as a single dose for one day or for multiple days of therapy. Table 1 – Baytril® 100 Dose and Treatment Schedule for Cattle** * *Dose volumes have been rounded to the nearest 0.5 mL within the dose range. Animals intended for human consumption must not be slaughtered within 5 days of receiving a single-injection dose. Ninety-day feeding studies in dogs and rats revealed no observable adverse effects at treatment rates of 3 and 40 mg/kg respectively. Chronic studies in rats and mice revealed no observable adverse effects at 5.3 and 323 mg/kg respectively. 

No teratogenic effects were observed in rabbits at doses of 25 mg/kg or in rats at 50 mg/kg. Safety studies were conducted in feeder calves using single doses of 5, 15 and 25 mg/kg for 15 consecutive days and 50 mg/kg for 5 consecutive days. No clinical signs of toxicity were observed when a dose of 5 mg/kg was administered for 15 days. Clinical signs of depression, incoordination and muscle fasciculation were observed in calves when doses of 15 or 25 mg/kg were administered for 10 to 15 days. Clinical signs of depression, inappetance and incoordination were observed when a dose of 50 mg/kg was administered for 3 days. 

No articular cartilage lesions were observed inthe stifle joints at any dose level at 2 days and 9 days following 15 days of drug administration. A safety study was conducted in 32 pigs weighing approximately 57 kg using single doses of 5, 15, or 25 mg/kg daily for 15 consecutive days. 

Keywords: [“dose”,”day”,”mg/kg”]
Source: https://www.drugs.com/pro/baytril-injection.html

Bios Agricorp Ltd: “Protecting, Promoting, and Encouraging Life”

Bioacify – Microencapsulated acidifier with EPO complex. Bioacify is very effective in improving the animal’s ability to prevent pathogenic bacteria from colonizing in the intestinal system resulting in better performance. Bioacify can effectively be used as replacement to AGP. The highly enhanced antimicrobial effect of Bioacify prevents the growth of moulds and fungi in finished feed and helps in feed preservation. Bioacify is a naturally microencapsulated free flowing acidifier. 

Bioacify is non corrosive and does not corrode the important parts of the machine. Bioacify technology is based on SSRA delivery mechanism which ensures a slow release of the active ingredients during natural peristaltic movements in the gut and removes metabolites thus maintaining an optimum pH throughout the gut. Bioacify is a synergistic combination of Organic and inorganic acids with strong antimicrobial properties. Bioacify consist of EPO complex which makes the outer cell wall of gram negative bacteria permeable, thus allowing easy entry and accumulation of acids. EPO complex in Bioacify results in enhanced antimicrobial effect. 

The combined effect of components of Bioacify along with Physiological additives shows a synergistic effect on the animals and results in creating a healthy gut Microflora. Major Components: Blend of well-balanced organic and inorganic acids. Benefits of Bioacify Slow and Sequential release of active ingredients in the whole digestive tract. 

Keywords: [“Bioacify”,”acids”,”gut”]
Source: http://biosagri.com/pigs-bioacify.php

Guineapig Wheekly Health Pad Review – Squidgypigs

A small notepad. Specially designed for daily or weekly Guinea Pig care checks. Use it to casually monitor the health of your piggies. Use it to monitor the recovery of an acutely ill piggy. Use it to leave notes or instructions to a pig sitter. 

When I heard Katie from Guineapig Wheekly had designed a Guinea Pig Health Pad I thought it was a fabulous idea; everyone knows that weighing piggies is a brilliant way of tracking their health and I have to admit I felt a little surprised that nobody had created such a pad before. With 50 pages you have nearly a year worth of weekly monitoring or a lot longer if you save the pad for a poorly pig’s illness or recovery. GPW Health Pad ReviewThe Guineapig Wheekly Health Pad contains a space for all the important information: Name, Age, Appetite, Mood and the all important Poop Rating! GPW Health Pad ReviewKatie has designed the GuineaPig Wheekly Health Pad in her usual kawaii style; the mood indicator section is particularly endearing showing Content, Happy and Sad piggy faces. GPW Health Pad ReviewThe way you use the pad is open to individual interpretation. 

The Poop Rating could be used to indicate quantity or quality. I think this health pad would be a brilliant way of including children in their pet’s care. I think the Guineapig Wheekly Guinea Pig Health Pad is a brilliant idea and I feel sure that a lot of piggy people could incorporate this into their routines. 

Keywords: [“pad”,”health”,”Pig”]
Source: https://squidgypigs.com/2018/07/19/guineapig-wheekly-health-pad-review

We Pigs News for 07-27-2018

Keeping Pigs Cool in the Summer Heat

The hot days of summer can be a drag, especially for pigs because they do not have functional sweat glands. As a pig producer, this can lead to impaired production from your pigs due to heat stress induced health problems, reduced growth rates, and reproductive performance problems. Mature pigs are most comfortable when air temperatures are between 50-75°F. Once temperatures exceed 80°F, pigs over 100 lbs. These short duration heat waves facilitate acute and repeated instances of heat stress for pigs. 

Acute heat stress can be more taxing to your pigs and herd production than heat waves that last a few days because pigs do not get the chance to adapt to the heat. Repeated heat stress and repeated feed refusal events compound to reduce the growth rate of your pigs. As a caretaker, providing adequate resources for your pigs to cool off in addition to good husbandry can reduce the overall effects of heat stress on your herd. Regardless of how your pigs are housed, here are some ways to mitigate heat stress:Provide plenty of water: Offer your pigs with at least twice as much water on hot days as they drink normally, both in amount of water and times offered during the hottest parts of the day. Allow pigs to use water to facilitate evaporative cooling by setting up water drip lines or sprinklers to let pigs get wet. 

Pig’s appetite should return in cooler temperatures, use this to your advantage when moving pigs. Utilizing these tips in combination with good husbandry can minimize the effects of heat stress on your pigs and on herd performance. Gabler, N. K. & Pearce, S. C. 

The impact of heat stress on intestinal function and productivity in grow-finish pigs. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”heat”,”stress”]
Source: https://extension.psu.edu/keeping-pigs-cool-in-the-summer-heat

Egypt To Pigs: Off With Your Heads

Egypt began slaughtering the roughly 300,000 pigs in the country Wednesday as a precaution against swine flu even though no cases have been reported here, infuriating farmers who blocked streets and stoned vehicles of Health Ministry workers who came to carry out the government’s order. At one large pig farming center just north of Cairo, scores of angry farmers blocked the street to prevent Health Ministry workers in trucks and bulldozers from coming in to slaughter the animals. Some pelted the vehicles with rocks and shattered their windshields and the workers left without killing any pigs. Most in the Muslim world consider pigs unclean animals and do not eat pork because of religious restrictions. Pigs are banned entirely in some Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Libya. 

In Jordan, the government decided Wednesday to shut down the country’s five pig farms, involving 800 animals, for violating public health safety regulations. Half the pigs will be killed and the rest will be relocated to areas away from the population, officials said. In Egypt, pigs are raised and consumed mainly by the Christian minority, which some estimates put at 10 percent of the population. Health Ministry spokesman Abdel-Rahman Shaheen estimated there are between 300,000-350,000 pigs in Egypt. Global health experts said the mass slaughter of pigs is entirely unnecessary and a waste of resources. 

Experts suspect swine flu, a strange new mix of pig, bird and human flu virus, originated with pigs then jumped to humans and is now spreading through human-to-human contact. In the northern suburbs of Cairo Wednesday, health authorities killed 250 pigs and buried them. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”Health”,”Egypt”]
Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egypt-to-pigs-off-with-your-heads

Guinea Pig Welfare » Cold Weather Advice…

Insulation will only keep guinea pigs as warm as their current temperature, it will not warm them up! Where water bottles are freezing the temperature has obviously reached freezing point and the environment is too cold! Domesticated guinea pigs cannot seek out shelter like their wild ancestors would. Small holes can be drilled in the shed in places where they will promote air circulation and exchange but won’t cause draughts for the guinea pigs. Guinea pigs need a constant temperature, even those that live in the house can be the victims of a change in temperature when the heating goes off. 

Keep the room they are in at a constant temperature by using an oil filled electric radiator to heat the environment when the heating goes off. Guinea pigs that are ill will be more vulnerable as will the older ones. The body will shut down gradually if it gets too cold, if the guinea pig is ill or old it is likely to happen faster leaving an even smaller window of opportunity for catching and treating any illness. If you find your guinea pig suffering from cold related issues bring them inside to a warmer environment but do not try to warm them up too quickly. A Snugglesafe heatpad that has been covered can be used as a source of heat but the guinea pig must be ‘turned over’/moved every 20 minutes if they are not moving themselves or other issues can occur. ‘Phone your vet for further advice based on how the guinea pig has responded to the immediate treatment you have given. 

Taking the guinea pig’s temperature is not overly important in these cases, responding to symptoms is. Get to know what is ‘normal’ for your guinea pig’s appearance so recognising signs of illness are easy. 

Keywords: [“guinea”,”pig”,”temperature”]
Source: http://www.guineapigwelfare.org.uk/2010/01/cold-weather-advice