Guinea Pig Health News for October 25 2017

Undercover Guinea Pigs: Dealing with Bloat

Mummy believes the Baytril I was given for conjunctivitis made me stop eating causing gut stasis which then lead to bloat. So how did I get better? When I first went to the vet they gave me metaclopramide injection and gave Mummy metaclopramide tablet to give me at home as well as syringe feeding me, this failed to help I would eat a few leaves if handfed and accept the syringe but I couldn’t poop. I went back to vet again they kept me overnight with no success and then they took x-ray when they saw black mass they told Mummy they couldn’t help me and that it didn’t look goodthey let Mummy take me home and she made an appointment to see a guinea pig savvy vet first thing the next morning. Mummy spoke to the Piggyfriends rodentologist who suggested she give me 1ml infacol straight away and 1ml at bedtime. Mummy did this she also massaged my tummy and made me move around she also syringed me food and water and I managed a few tiny poops. The following day Mummy came and collected me after work, I still didn’t really want to eat but as long as I had food syringed I would poop, Mummy promised to syringe feed me forever if thats what I needed. Mummy gave me 1ml infacol, acidophilus more tummy massages and running around. Mummy kept letting me mow the lawn when sunny and cutting me grass when it wasn’t, working on the theory that it was better for me to eat something for myself. As long as Mummy kept the food coming in I kept the poops coming out but I did not want to eat for myself. The day after my first dose I ate some pepper and cucumber for myself, within 3 days I was back to eating normally and we stopped the olive oil, Mummy says it was my miracle cure!! Mummy then started reducing my syringe feeds I went from 20ml morning, noon and night to 20ml morning and night with 10ml at noon. Mummy cut back again 15ml morning and night and 5 ml at noon stayed same weight.
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FELASA recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units.

FELASA recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units. The microbiological quality of experimental animals can critically influence animal welfare and the validity and reproducibility of research data. It is therefore important for breeding and experimental facilities to establish a laboratory animal health monitoring programme as an integrated part of any quality assurance system. FELASA has published recommendations for the HM of rodent and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units, with the intention of harmonizing HM programmes. As stated in the preamble, these recommendations need to be adapted periodically to meet current developments in laboratory animal medicine. Accordingly, previous recommendations have been revised and shall be replaced by the present recommendations. These recommendations are aimed at all breeders and users of laboratory mice, rats, Syrian hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits as well as diagnostic laboratories. They describe essential aspects of HM, such as the choice of agents, selection of animals and tissues for testing, frequency of sampling, commonly used test methods, interpretation of results and HM reporting. Compared with previous recommendations, more emphasis is put on the role of a person with sufficient understanding of the principles of HM, opportunistic agents, the use of sentinel animals and the interpretation and reporting of HM results. Relevant agents, testing frequencies and literature references are updated. Supplementary information on specific agents and the number of animals to be monitored and an example of a HM programme description is provided in the appendices. PMID: 24496575 FELASA recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units.
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The History of Guinea Pigs

In the beginning…. The common guinea pig was first domesticated as early as 5000 BC for food by tribes in the Andes region of South America,some thousands of years after the domestication of the South American camelids. 500 BC to 500 AD that depict guinea pigs have been unearthed in archaeological. People of ancient Peru worshipped animals and often depicted the guinea pig in their art. In 1532, selective breeding resulted in many varieties of domestic guinea pigs, which form the basis for some of the modern domestic breeds. Traditions involving guinea pigs are numerous; they are exchanged as gifts, used in customary social and religious ceremonies, and frequently referenced in spoken metaphors. Black guinea pigs are considered especially useful for diagnoses. Among the upper classes and royalty, including Queen Elizabeth I. The earliest known written account of the guinea pig dates from 1547, in a description of the animal from Santo Domingo. Guinea Pigs are also known as “Cavies” from the latin “Cavia Porcellus” meaning little pig. Imagine 16th century explorers arriving in south america and coming across Guinea Pigs, i am sure they would have been fascinated by their vocal language. This is an amazing glimpse into the past and confirms the Guinea Pigs arrival in Great Britain and the start of their journey to become one of the nations favourite pets. There are several thoughts on the origin of the term Guinea Pig.It is possible they may have been sold for a “Guinea” hence the name and the pig, well from their lovely squeaks and appetite !! However, this has been disputed due to the fact the the introduction of Guinea Pigs preceeded the guinea currency. Coming soon Beatrix Potter and her love for Guinea Pigs ……………..
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Routine Health Care of Guinea Pigs

This allows you a regular special time with your pet. It also provides you with the opportunity to check your pet for possible skin problems, injuries, sudden weight gain or loss, dental problems, and other health problems. Some signs to look for when a guinea pig is sick include loss of appetite, weight loss, hunched posture, an abnormal walk or a limp, a belly that is unusually skinny or abnormally large, a change in the consistency of the hair coat, or difficulty breathing. Sick guinea pigs may have decreased energy or not respond to noises or touch. The most common health problems for these animals are problems with the lungs or the digestive system, so a sick guinea pig may also have discharge or oozing from the eyes or nose, or diarrhea. Dental problems are also common, so check your pet’s mouth for drooling, overgrown teeth, or swelling. You should also check your pet’s ears for oozing or irritation, and examine its feet for sores or broken nails. If you notice any of these signs, it is best to take the guinea pig to the veterinarian promptly. These small pets can become sick quickly, and identifying and treating the problem right away can be critical.
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