We Pigs News for 10-20-2018

Angus Meets Autumn For The 1st Time: Guinea Pig Intro

Short Term Health Plans Republicans were able to fight off Democratic efforts to roll back a Trump regulation that would expand the number of health insurance plans that don’t have to meet Obamacare’s benefit rules, Alex Ruoff reports. Trump’s Health Team President Trump took a lap in the winner’s circle this week when he signed two bills into law that end pharmacy gag clauses. Pharmacists couldn’t tell a customer if their drugs would be cheaper if they paid without insurance unless the customer explicitly asked. Trump said he expects an immediate impact and that drug costs at the pharmacy counter will go down. Experimental Bundles Over 1,500 hospitals and physician practices are going to be guinea pigs for a new Medicare payment model, James Swann writes. 

The Little Guy CVS Health Corp.’s $68 billion merger with Aetna Inc. spells trouble for any other pharmacy benefit service looking to set up shop, Eleanor Tyler reports. Small insurers will also be strained because of the deal because CVS will likely pass on its savings to the insurer and charge full freight for its pharmacy benefit manager work to other carriers. Six Former Pharmacy Employees You might remember when 753 people got sick and 64 died from a contaminated drug that was created in a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy in 2012. Six people involved in that bad batch of medicine will head to court soon, and prosecutors are trying to prove they knowingly marketed non-sterile drugs, Adrianne Appel reports. 

Compounded drugs are personalized formulas mixed in-house and sold in very small batches. They’re in a regulatory gray area, which creates concern among some FDA officials that they’re more likely to be tainted than other drugs. The pharmacy, New England Compounding Center, folded long ago, and some people involved in the outbreak have already gone to jail. 

Keywords: [“drug”,”pharmacy”,”Health”]
Source: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/pharma-and-life-sciences/capsule-trumps-health-team-payment-guinea-pigs-underdogs

Guinea pig models for translation of the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis into the clinic.

Guinea pig models for translation of the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis into the clinic. Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA. Over 30 years ago Professor David Barker first proposed the theory that events in early life could explain an individual’s risk of non-communicable disease in later life: the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis. During the 1990s the validity of the DOHaD hypothesis was extensively tested in a number of human populations and the mechanisms underpinning it characterised in a range of experimental animal models. Over the past decade, researchers have sought to use this mechanistic understanding of DOHaD to develop therapeutic interventions during pregnancy and early life to improve adult health. 

A variety of animal models have been used to develop and evaluate interventions, each with strengths and limitations. It is becoming apparent that effective translational research requires that the animal paradigm selected mirrors the tempo of human fetal growth and development as closely as possible so that the effect of a perinatal insult and/or therapeutic intervention can be fully assessed. The guinea pig is one such animal model that over the past two decades has demonstrated itself to be a very useful platform for these important reproductive studies. This review highlights similarities in the in utero development between humans and guinea pigs, the strengths and limitations of the guinea pig as an experimental model of DOHaD and the guinea pig’s potential to enhance clinical therapeutic innovation to improve human health. 

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”model”,”pig”]
Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29633280

Guinea Pigs Love a Routine

Guinea pigs soon get used to a routine, and will reward you with welcoming squeaks as soon as they hear you open your back door. It is important to check on your guinea pigs at least twice a day, in the morning and evening. Guinea pigs love human company and the more time you can spend with them the happier they are. FeedingGuinea pigs are never happier then when they are eating, and feed time will be rewarded with the loudest squeaks of all. In the morning they should be given a bowl of dry mix, and a variety of fresh food. 

During the day if they are in their Eglu they will graze grass, and then in the evening they can be given some fresh hay for overnight. Fresh waterWater is extremely important, and the bottle should be refilled daily. If the weather is cold, be aware that their water could freeze, and may need to be thawed and refilled more frequently. Keep their home clean and tidyHousekeeping is very important, and their bedding should be changed regularly. Unlike rabbits, guinea pigs cannot be trained to use a litter tray, they will toilet anywhere, but the eglu is quick and easy to clean. 

Keywords: [“pigs”,”Guinea”,”fresh”]
Source: https://www.omlet.com.au/guide/guinea_pigs/guinea_pig_care/

The ideal home for your guinea pig

Guinea pigs are very active animals and you’ll need to provide them with lots of toys and objects to keep them active. They’ll need a lot of space to be happy and healthy. A large hutch and a big, grassy exercise area provide them with the ideal living area. They can live indoors or outdoors, so long as they have enough space and are kept comfortable in summer heat or bad winter weather. You can even keep your guinea pigs in a heated outhouse in a cavvycage. 

If your guinea pigs live outdoors, don’t let them exercise in bad weather. Consider keeping them in a warm shed or outbuilding where they can exercise indoors during winter. The RSPCA recommends an absolute minimum size of 4ft by 2ft but the bigger the better. Make sure it’s weatherproof and raised off the ground. Guinea pigs don’t sleep much but take naps throughout the day and night. 

They’ll need to be able to choose when to go to bed and when to be active. Plenty of toys and activities to keep them entertained. 

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”keep”,”pigs”]
Source: https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/looking-after-your-pet/small-pets/the-ideal-home-for-your-guinea-pig

We Pigs News for 08-30-2018


No Excuse For Small Guinea Pig Cages

FDA Petitioned to Lower Ractopamine Limits for Meat, Review Health Impacts

Animal rights and food safety groups are petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to immediately lower the allowed residue limits for ractopamine – a controversial drug used to boost growth and leanness in meat production – and to study the drug’s effects on human health and animal welfare. The petition comes just days after the drug escalated trade tensions between the United States and Russia, which recently adopted a zero tolerance policy for ractopamine in imported meat, jeopardizing around $500 million in U.S. exports to the country. The petition contends that the FDA needs to do a more thorough job of assessing the potential harmful effects of ractopamine, a beta-agonist that mimics stress hormones and increases the rate at which animals convert feed into muscle. 

The drug is fed to animals in the last few weeks, right up until slaughter. There is no mandatory withdrawal period for ractopamine, but when FDA approved the drug, it set safe maximum residue limits for ractopamine in meat products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service does very limited testing for the drug, but the agency has never found levels that violate the established MRLs, according to the data posted online. A recent test conducted by Consumer Reports of 240 pork samples found that about one in five were positive for very low levels of the drug – under 5 parts per billion, which is well under the FDA’s established MRL of 50 ppb for pork. 

Though ractopamine is approved as safe in more than two dozen countries, including Canada and Brazil, there is still sharp disagreement over the safety of the drug. The European Food Safety Authority has determined the science backing ractopamine is insufficient to determine what amount, if any, of the drug is safe for human consumption. China, Russia, and others have expressed similar worries and ban the drug from being used by their own meat producers. While it was approved as safe by the FDA more than a decade ago, the petition claims the agency did not thoroughly review all of the potentially negative consequences of the drug. Animal welfare advocates are particularly concerned about the number of pigs that have reportedly had adverse reactions to the drug. 

Keywords: [“Drug”,”ractopamine”,”Animal”]
Source: https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/12/fda-petitioned-to-lower-rac…

OUTBREAK: Chinese Pigs Infected With Swine Flu

Last week, China reported its first ever outbreak of African swine fever at a farm in Shenyang. Chinese pig-related stocks then slumped after the world’s biggest pork producer and consumer reported its first ever case of highly contagious hemorrhagic fever. In Hong Kong, WH Group Ltd., the world’s largest pork company, retreated 2.1 percent. Muyuan Foodstuff Co. dropped 8.7 percent, Guangdong Wens Foodstuffs Group Co. 

fell 6.3 percent and Tangrenshen Group Co. declined 4 percent in the aftermath of the announcement of the outbreak, according to Bloomberg. The outbreak of the African swine fever is spurring a cull, a ban on transportation, and a quarantine for the neighboring areas. The hemorrhagic disease is highly contagious and mortality rates can be as high as 100 percent, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health. China had more than 433 million pigs at the start of the year, more than half of the world’s total food/pork pigs. 

The first case of African Swine Fever virus in China was reported on Friday, August 3, according to the Swine Health Information Center. The outbreak was located in the northeast part of the country, in the city Shenyang, district of Shenbei New, in the province Liaoning, SHIC said in a news release. This is a swine dense area of 130 miles along the North Korean border. According to Pork Business, The Global Agricultural Information Network reports that pork producers and animal quarantine officials in Bulgaria are currently monitoring for African swine fever, as recent outbreaks of the virus have occurred just over the border with Romania, and elsewhere in the region. Pork remains the most widely produced and consumed meat in Bulgaria. 

Keywords: [“reports”,”outbreak”,”pigs”]
Source: https://rightwingtribune.com/2018/08/07/chinese-pigs

Guinea Pig Sounds And The Meanings Behind Them

Guinea pigs express their feelings and thoughts not only with their behavior and body language but also by making different sounds. The most common situations are when your are stroking your pet or it is groomed by another guinea pig. If your guinea pig is cooing, then it is a sign of being content. Naturally, cooing is a sound that mother guinea pig does to her babies. Rumble is a high-pitched vibration sound that male guinea pig produces in attempts to woo a female. 

Rumbling is usually accompanied with the male guinea pig wiggling his hips around the female. If you hear that a guinea pig is making a high-pinched noise, then it is feeling frightened or is in pain. Usually you can hear a squeak when a young guinea pig is taken away from a mother. Guinea pigs can start to chatter to communicate to other guinea pigs or people to stay away. Guinea pig who is chirping is associated with being stressed. 

The noise resembles a bird chirp and is most commonly heard when a baby guinea pig communicates to the mother that it is hungry or wants to suckle from her. If you hear your guinea pig growling, the best way to cam it down is to pet it and to speak in a soft manner. 

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”Pig”,”sound”]
Source: https://www.allguineapig.com/guinea-pig-sounds

We Pigs News for 08-28-2018

Guinea Pig Size Guide

Guinea pigs are somewhat unusual among pet rodents because they grow much bigger than their furry cousins such as mice, rats, and hamsters. At birth, a guinea pig will generally measure around 8-10 cm. You should expect some natural variation in size between the animals in a litter, with some bigger than others. A baby guinea pig measures just 8-10 cm and easily fits into the palm of your hand. Guinea pigs grow very rapidly, and will double in size to around 15-20 cm after just 8 weeks. 

To measure the size of your guinea pig, place it on a flat surface and place a ruler or tape measure next to it, running parallel to its body. If you buy your guinea pigs from a pet store, it isn’t uncommon for them to be a little unsure about the age of the animals they stock. In these cases, it is extremely helpful to be able to use your knowledge of guinea pig sizes to estimate their true age. Guinea pigs’ relatively large size makes them great pets for children, as they are much less likely to drop them than they might with smaller animals. Another benefit of their size is that they are less likely to crawl into small, hard-to-reach spaces – something that rodents are renowned for! 

If your guinea pig’s size is slightly above or below the numbers given here then you shouldn’t worry, as all cavies will vary somewhat from the average. If your pet is significantly bigger or smaller than these sizes, you should take it for a checkup at your local vet, as it may be a sign of a physical problem. 

Keywords: [“size”,”Guinea”,”pig”]
Source: https://www.guineapigcorner.com/size

Genetically Modified Pigs Resistant to PRRS

Imagine how much producers could save if they had swine that were resistant to one of the most costly porcine diseases. Laboratory Equipment just shared amazing news that is sure to change the swine production industry forever. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have produced pigs that are resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome. Otherwise known as PRRS, this disease is considered one of the most costly animal diseases. This condition costs the swine industry in the U.S. 

and Europe about $2.5 billion annually in lost revenue. This virus affects pigs by using a receptor called CD163, which is found on their cells’ surface. The researchers removed a small section of the CD163 gene using gene-altering techniques. They focused on the section of the receptor to which the virus attaches. This was a collaborative effort with Genus PLC, a global leader in animal genetics. 

Tests done with the PRRS virus show that the genetically-altered pigs do not become infected. Visit our company website for swine industry jobs in your state, industry news, and other animal nutrition updates. Follow #ContinentalSearch on Facebook and LinkedIn for swine jobs in your area and other opportunities in the animal nutrition industry. 

Keywords: [“swine”,”industry”,”animal”]
Source: https://www.consearch.com/genetically-modified-pigs-resistant-to…

I got a wee baby guinea pig from the pet store, and I was told he had

I got a wee baby guinea pig from the pet store, and I was told he had deformities. I’ve never known a guinea pig to do that, I know it’s a bad sign for a rabbit. I’m going to get a vet at my work to take a look at him if I can this Sunday. I’ll also find out how old he needs to be to get him neutered at the same time… cos I’ve never had a guinea pig neutered, but I know you can do it. 

I’ve only ever had females, so this is new to me! :-). I’ve taken a video of him walking, but it was on a couch chair so it’s a bit slanted anyway, he doesn’t appear to be in any pain. I just think the sound of ‘fused hips’ sounds awfully painful to me. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”guinea”,”know”]
Source: https://guineapighealth.livejournal.com/10164.html

To provide our customers with the highest quality product and service in the Cedar Valley. P-provide the best service and product to our customers R-respect our customers, each other and the environment E-enjoy our customers and our work M-meet the expectations of the customer every day I-involve ourselves with the community E-evaluate and improve our services on a continued basis R-remember our customers are the reason we are in business E-exceed our customers’ expectations every time. 

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Source: http://premiereautowash.com/?guinea_pig_viagra

Bob Dole: Guinea Pig For Viagra

Dole, 74, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991 while serving as a senator from Kansas, and underwent surgery. He has appeared in TV ads, before Congress, and in interviews to promote the importance of early detection and encourage men to speak frankly with their doctors about prostate-related problems, including impotence. I was in the protocol and participated in the program. Dole also said his own cancer had been cured and urged other men to have prostate exams. 

Keywords: [“men”,”Dole”,”impotence”]
Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bob-dole-guinea-pig-for-viagra

Are We Drug Guinea Pigs?

Taking a new drug is not always a good idea because they have not been around long enough to learn all their dangers. It is the effectiveness of big pharma’s advertising, especially DTC ads, that entice us to try a new drug. When considering a new drug, keep in mind that you have to add up the percentages of all side effects to determine their true incidence. 

Keywords: [“drug”,”new”]
Source: http://www.drsaputo.com/a/are-we-drug-guinea-pigs

We Pigs News for 07-18-2018

Genuine Micro Mini Teacup Pet Pigs!

VaccinationsProtecting your pigs from disease and critters is important, but can be very confusing. There is a lot of contradictory information found online and many vets are not used to caring for mini pigs. That is why we have put together this info to help you on your pig journey. There are times when your pig, no matter the size, can have a reaction to their vaccinations. To prevent a raised temperature, we give our pigs children’s liquid Ibuprofen. 

You should worm your pig approximately every three months. There are a few products that you can use that are made specifically for pigs. They can also just be carriers on your pig and have any effect until your animal is stressed. The best way to administer Ivermectin is through a shot. Since most people are not comfortable administering Ivermectin this way, you can give it to your pig orally. 

To administer Ivermectin orally, you must measure it based on weight. You will need to give Ivermectin twice, 10 days apart, to kill the mite life-cycle. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”Ivermectin”,”vet”]
Source: https://www.whenpigsflynaked.com/shots-worms–mites.html

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Source: http://www.cookinglight.com/food/everyday-menus/healthy-meals-for-kids

American Guinea Pig: The Vioxx/FDA Failure

The Vioxx story is one of the most widely publicized stories about the failure of the FDA to do its job. Back in May 1999, Vioxx was introduced into the market for the purpose of treating people with arthritis for their pain without the side-effect of other drugs which caused bleeding. The problem was that it had an increased ability to cause clotting which, in turn, caused heart attacks. The problem was further compounded by the fact that there was a study shortly after it went on the market that showed that, when comparing Vioxx with another drug that was used for the same type of treatment, Naproxen, that there was four times the incidence of heart attacks with Vioxx versus Naproxen. The problem was that the authors of the publication who were funded by Merck, the drug company, said that the difference was because Naproxen had a protective effect, the drug Vioxx was not actually causing those heart attacks. 

Keywords: [“Vioxx”,”drug”,”Naproxen”]
Source: https://thevaccinereaction.org/2017/04/american-guinea-pig-the…

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Source: http://www.plainwhitebusinesscards.com/pot_belly_pigs…pigs_care_health…

Welcome to the PVS website

Welcome to the website for the Pig Veterinary Society, a specialist division of the British Veterinary Association. The Society was founded in 1963 and includes members from around the World and from all areas of the pig industry; membership is open to veterinary surgeons and scientists working in the pig sector. Further history of the organisation, along with details of how to apply for membership and member benefits, can be found within the pages on this site. We work with many partner organisations throughout the UK and the World to assist our members within their field of work. Please explore the menu bar above for all the different areas and we hope to see you at one of our meetings soon. 

Keywords: [“work”,”member”,”Veterinary”]
Source: http://www.pigvetsoc.org.uk

Oxbow Animal Health Essentials- Young Guinea Pig Food

Item Description Oxbow’s Essentials – Young Guinea Pig Food is formulated to meet the specific nutritional needs of young, pregnant, and nursing guinea pigs and help them thrive. This complete and balanced young guinea pig food contains Alfalfa hay to provide optimal energy and the fiber essential for healthy digestion. We then add wholesome ingredients and vital nutrients to meet the growth, energy, pregnancy, and nursing needs of guinea pigs. Formulated with the guidance of top veterinarians and nutritionists. Fortified with vitamins and minerals for optimum health. 

Keywords: [“Pig”,”Guinea”,”Young”]
Source: https://www.homeopathycenter.org/amazon_store/item/B0017J8OI8

We Pigs News for 05-25-2018

We Pigs News for 05-15-2018

The REAL cause of Diabetes,Natural Remedies For Diabetes In Guinea Pigs Remember breast milk almost all the food and drink your child will require for most important six months of everyday living. Natural Remedies For Diabetes In Guinea Pigs Eat less food more often Small meals spaced throughout the day every two-and-a-half 3 hours results in more stable sugar levels throughout working day. Natural Remedies For Diabetes In Guinea Pigs The great advantage of older drugs is because they have become generic. Natural Remedies For Diabetes In Guinea Pigs The foundation any kind of diabetes treatment is diet and training. Natural Remedies For Diabetes In Guinea Pigs Gymnema can be an Ayurvedic herb that has been confirmed to conserve the pancreas produce insulin. 

Some people might consider guinea pig speak just random sounds or noises, but people who share their lives with guinea pigs know better. Some people might not know that small mammal pets like guinea pigs also make sounds. No two guinea pigs are alike, so while most guinea pigs make several of the same sounds, nuances can change the total repertoire. One scientific study places the number of guinea pigs sounds at 11. A guinea pig rescue includes 9 guinea pigs sounds on its website. 

Guinea pigs are social animals, and they can be talking to you, other guinea pigs, or both when making noises. Guinea pig savvy means that the veterinarian regularly treats guinea pigs. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”Guinea”,”Diabetes”]
Source: http://www.wepigs.com/we-pigs-news-for-05-15-2018-2

Guinea Pig died?

Either purchase new equipment or sterilize the old stuff. G Pigs really are pretty hardy… but there are many things that can go wrong. Guinea pigs digest much of their food in the cecum and colon which are at the end of the digestive tract. The cecum, a large thin-walled sac located at the junction of the small and large intestine, contains up to 65 percent of gastrointestinal contents. 

Within the cecum, bacteria and protozoa aid digestion of foods taken in by the guinea pig. Fiber is needed for these bacteria and protozoa to stay in balance and function properly. Without fiber the gastrointestinal tract slows down, resulting in subsequent changes in the cecum pH, fermentation, and bacterial population. With time these changes in the intestinal tract environment can lead to indigestion. Info/guineapigcare…. 

Then I suggest you locate a new VET. Make sure you ask if they have EXPEIENCE with Cavies, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs,, not just if they treat them. If a Pigs intestines become Blocked you have a serious problem that if not fixed will end in death. I would suspect that if he was not having stool that this is what happened and that the toxins building in his body were to great and it effected his other vital systems. I am a little surprised your Vet did not treat it more aggressively. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”cecum”,”Guinea”]
Source: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061012154329AANUuQq

Guinea Pigs – what about us pets.com

Here is information and advice on keeping healthy guinea pigs as household pets. The author discusses feeding, breeding, caging, health care, and much more. Barron’s extensive line of Complete Pet Owner’s Manuals presents information for non-specialist animal owners and prospective owners, with facts about each animal’s origins and traits, as well as advice on purchasing, housing, feeding, health care, and much more. Each book is individually written by a trainer, breeder, veterinarian, or other animal specialist. Titles in this series cover every popular breed of dog and cat, freshwater and marine fish, many bird varieties, and virtually all other animals that are kept as pets. 

All books are filled with handsome color photos and instructive line illustrations. 

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Source: http://whataboutuspets.com/product/guinea-pigs-complete-pet-owners-manual

Health, Medicine and Natural Healing 08

My experience with L-thyroxine – I was put on the branded drug. Up until last July then I decided to get the drug via mail order. Three months box of pills seemed to be the same as what I had been. Taking but I noticed I didn’t feel quite as good. Three days a week and 75mcg on the other days a week – always in the. 

Morning and only drinking water for a full hour after taking it. Apart from that the only meds I take is a multi vitamin and one Omega. 3 capsule which I take with dinner each day – my Dr put me on to this. From the pharmacy – I no longer get my meds via mail order. Way – shrug… I guess that’s life. 

Susbstitute thyroid drug and only go with a branded drug – that is if. Who’s Mother is very ill on levothyroxine – she actually called it. 

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Source: https://www.remedyspot.com/content/topic/1337193-re-pigs-thyroid

pigs – The Farm Barbie – Real Food for Health & Wellness

I will love you forever for donating and it will help me be able to keep doing what I’m doing. In order to support this blog, I may receive compensation or other commission for my endorsement, recommendation and/or link from my blog. This doesn’t cost you anything! It just helps me afford to keep this blog going. I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog are based on my own research, knowledge, and experiences. 

Please consult the appropriate professional before making any changes to your diet, health, or other applicable areas. 

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Source: http://thefarmbarbie.com/pigs

We Pigs News for 03-19-2018

Some common guinea pig health problems

Guinea pigs are a popular pet for children and schools, but many adults too appreciate the presence of these cute, loving little cavies as companions and pets. Like many small animals, the general health and common health conditions that can affect the guinea pig do not receive anywhere near as much publicity as those that affect larger pets such as cats and dogs, but veterinary care for Guinea pigs is constantly evolving, and today, most practices are well set up to treat most of the basic and common Guinea pig ailments. If you own a Guinea pig or are considering buying one, it is important to garner a basic understanding of some of the basic and most common health conditions that can affect your pet, and know how to identify them. In this article, we will look at some of the most common Guinea pig health problems in more detail. The teeth of the guinea pig grow constantly throughout their lives, and being fed the right diet and given plenty of things to chew on is important to ensure that the length of their teeth is kept in check. The natural diet of the Guinea pig is very high in fibre, and Guinea pigs need free access to fibrous materials to chew throughout the day. In the wild, Guinea pigs chew on grass all day long, and within a domestic environment, grass or grass hay should be freely available to your pet. Guinea pigs are particularly susceptible to developing mite infestations, and often, will contract mites from other Guinea pigs that share their housing, or come to you with mites already in residence. The symptoms of a mite infestation include itchy skin that your Guinea pig will scratch constantly, which can lead to hair loss and sore patches on the skin. Mites can usually be treated with a product from your local vet, and it is important to treat not only the affected Guinea pig, but any others that they have come into contact with too. Feeding small amounts of foods such as kiwi, which are rich in Vitamin C is a good idea, although care should be taken not to feed so much fruit and veg that your Guinea pig develops diarrhoea. If your Guinea pig is not getting enough Vitamin C, they may suffer from some fairly severe problems including internal bleeding, swollen and painful joints, and problems with the digestive system and intestines. Vitamin C deficiency can be very uncomfortable and painful for your Guinea pig, but the condition is entirely preventable with conscientious feeding. Always ensure that the floor of your Guinea pig’s cage is properly covered with a soft, comfortable material to a suitable depth, such as Timothy hay or other suitable products that are recommended for Guinea pigs. Never leave your Guinea pig in a cage with an uncovered floor, and when you take your Guinea pig out of the cage to socialise with them, do not put them down on hard surfaces or encourage them to sit on anything other than grass or other soft, cushioned areas that will provide padding to the feet.

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”pig”,”pet”]
Source: https://www.pets4homes.co.uk/pet-advice/some-common-guinea-pig-health-problems.html

Statins patients ‘used as guinea pigs’

Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra told a conference that doctors were unwittingly practising “Unethical medicine” by prescribing statins which he said offered little or no benefit to patients at low risk of heart disease. He also claimed patients were not being told the true benefits and harms of the cholesterol lowering drug. His comments have fuelled the debate surrounding the group of medicines, the most widely prescribed treatment in the UK given to up to 12 million patients, or around one in four adults. Use of the drugs fiercely divides medical opinion with proponents arguing the benefits in reducing the risk of heart attacks and stroke far outweigh the risk of side effects which include severe muscle pain, impotence, cataracts, mental impairment, diabetes, fatigue and liver dysfunction. “Speaking at the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation event in London on Thursday Dr Malhotra, a consultant cardiologist and bestselling author of The Pioppi Diet, said:”We have a healthcare system failure and epidemic of misinformed doctors and misled patients. “Patients are guinea pigs and they don’t even know it.” He added: “Side effects of these drugs have not been properly and independently investigated and doctors are making clinical decisions on incomplete information.” Dr Malhotra highlighted research which showed patients treated with statins at low risk of heart disease do not reduce their risk of premature death. Dr Malhotra said data on the benefits of statins was questionable as most of it has been sponsored by drug companies. “He said:”The widespread prescription of these drugs is turning out to be one of the biggest scandals in the history of medicine. “This needs further investigation and patients need to be told the truth.” A spokesman for the Government’s drug regulator the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, said: “The benefits of statins are well established and considered to outweigh the risk of side effects in the majority of patients.” Earlier this year medical journal The Lancet published research saying that side effects of muscle pain and weakness were not a result of statins but negative beliefs in patients about the medication. The paper’s lead author, Professor Peter Sever, said that the muscle pains were not likely to be directly linked to the drug. The former deputy chairman of the British Medical Association questioned claims there were no side effects, saying the drugs had left him with muscle pains so severe he needed MRI scans. Dr Kailash Chand, a 68-year-old GP from Tameside, Greater Manchester, said: “When I went on these drugs I suffered terrible muscle twitching and such muscle pain it was crippling and I had to have MRI and CT scans.”When I came off the drugs the pain totally disappeared.

Keywords: [“drug”,”patients”,”pain”]
Source: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/863666/statin-side-effects-patients-used-as-guinea-pigs

We Pigs News for 03-12-2018

Tips and advice on the health of your guinea pig

Are you looking for advice on Guinea pig care? If you just want to make sure your guinea pig remains healthy and recieves the care it deserves, then this is the page for you. It is full of tips and advice on caring for guinea pigs – read on! Guinea pigs should not be kept with rabbits as rabbits can pass on diseases to guinea pigs. Guinea pigs require space, ideally a hutch with at least 2sq ft of floor area in size with an extra 1sq ft for each additional animal. Guinea pigs are active animals both during the day and night and require room to exercise, stretch out and stand up on their back legs. Their digestive system requires lots of grass or hay as guinea pig food in order to function properly. Guinea pigs also require vitamin C in their diet as their bodies are unable to make it, they can get this from grass and leafy greens such as kale and broccoli or grass based commercial guinea pig pellets. Guinea pigs’ teeth grow continuously throughout their life and need to be worn down and kept at the correct length and shape by eating grass, hay and leafy green plants. This procedure requires the guinea pig to come into the vets for a day and normally they can go home the same evening. This can be passed onto people so if you suspect your guinea pig may be suffering from ringworm please take them to see a vet and make sure you wash your hands well after handling. These can occur because the guinea pigs teeth grow continually and if teeth are not being worm down by grass/hay they can develop small spurs on the teeth with can cause discomfort, pain and damage to the tongue and cheek. If you notice that your guinea pig is not eating normally or if you would like your pets teeth checked please take them to see a vet. A good diet, a clean environment, regular handling and prompt veterinary attention are the mainstays of good guinea pig care. If you have any concerns about your guinea pig, or just a question regarding their care, always call 01323 640011, or use the contact form on this website. This guinea pig health guide, full of tips and advice on the ideal care of guinea pigs, is provided by St. Anne’s veterinary group which serves the pets and owners of East Sussex through it’s surgeries in Eastbourne, Langney, Willingdon and East Dean and at their homes with the ‘My Visiting Vet’ service.

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”pig”,”teeth”]
Source: http://stannesvets.co.uk/guinea-pig-health-tips-advice.html.html

Professional ‘Guinea Pigs’ Make Money Testing Drugs

Professional ‘Guinea Pigs’ Make Money Testing Drugs – Sometimes At A Cost : Shots – Health News One man died and five others were injured in a clinical trial in France this year. Trials like those depend on healthy people willing to take experimental medications in return for cash. There are lots of ways to make a buck, but becoming a human guinea pig for drug research has to be one of the oddest. “We are selling our bodies, most definitely,” says Paul Clough, who has taken part in more than 80 drug tests in the past 11 years. “It’s like summer camp,” he says, then reconsiders, since in this trial he can’t leave. In January, the test of an experimental pain drug in France was halted after several participants developed serious neurological problems. “Every time you see a TV commercial for a drug and they rattle off all the reasons why you shouldn’t take the drug – that’s all information that they got from people like me,” says Clough. Larger trials of the potential new medicines in people with illnesses the drugs aim to treat are more likely to uncover a wide range of side effects, but there’s no question that these early tests in humans help reveal the potential hazards of experimental medicines. Clough says he’ll do about eight or nine trials a year. For some people, especially those with a history of incarceration, clinical trials are a rare opportunity. She studies people who participate repeatedly in phase 1 clinical trials, including self-proclaimed professionals like Clough. For one, medical research trials in the later stages of drug development – usually involving patients who could gain something more than money from taking the experimental medication – tend not to involve enough minority participants. The drugs they’re testing may go on to make billions of dollars for pharmaceutical companies, though the vast majority that manage pass phase 1 never make it to market. “I am very concerned about the fact that we’re using a segment of our population who might not ever be able to afford the drugs that they’re part of testing, and not compensating them perhaps to the degree that we really should,” she says. Biafore says he’s participated in at least 50 trials in the last six years.

Keywords: [“drug”,”trial”,”people”]
Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/05/08/476797735/professional-guinea-pigs-can-make-a-living-testing-drugs

We Pigs News for 02-28-2018

Guinea Pigs with Hair Loss

Hair loss in guinea pigs can occur for a variety of reasons. The most common is hair loss as a result of either the guinea pig itself or another guinea pig chewing on the hair over a period of time. Older guinea pigs or guinea pigs that are higher in the pecking order will commonly chew on the hair of younger guinea pigs to the point where the hair will start to fall out. This allows them to assert their force over these younger guinea pigs. Another reason for hair loss in female guinea pigs is repeated breading. The more times they have bred, the more hair they will lose. There is very little that you can do to reduce hair loss besides stopping them from breading. Usually this will cause little harm to the guinea pig although they may be at a higher risk of infection due to the lack of protection that their hair gives them. They will also be more susceptible to temperature fluctuations because the hair acts as insulation. Some bacterial infections and diseases can cause hair loss in guinea pigs. Hair loss is far more common in older guinea pigs as it is in younger ones. Ringworm and other parasitic infection have been known to cause hair loss. If you have a younger guinea pig and you notice signs of hair loss a trip to the veternarian is probably in order to pin down the root cause of the hair loss before it is too late.

Keywords: [“Hair”,”pig”,”guinea”]
Source: http://www.popularpets.net/guinea-pigs/health/hair-loss.php

Your One Stop Pet Pig Shop for all your Mini Pig Needs!

Inhibits the activity of negative bacteria while providing positive bacteria for replacement. Vanilla Flavor that pet pigs just love! $17.95 DeOdorase. Deodorase is derived from the yucca plant and absorbs the ammonia smells from the urine and feces. Simply by adding one small scoop a day to a Pot Belly Pig’s feed ration. Yes, it really works! Feed to your pet pig as a top dressing for control of ammonia odor in urine and feces. Natural sarsaponin is obtained by extracting and stabilizing ingredients in the Yucca plant. Sarsaponin works to control ammonia odor by stimulating bacterial use of ammonia while speeding waste breakdown. Outstanding success in controlling odor in litter boxes and pens of pot bellied pigs. Contains GLUCOSAMINE and MSM which are two of the most effective pain relief supplements on the market today! Packed full of all-natural biological vitamins and minerals. Provides pain relief for your pot belly pig and eliminates stiff joints. Aids in the discomfort of pot bellied pigs due to old age or arthritic conditions. Will increase the activity of older pot-bellied pigs as their pain is relieved. Just “Squirt” on top of your pet pig chow. Manufactured for pot bellies since 1988.Thousands of happy customers Available in 25 lb. Reduces or eliminates dandruff-like scaly dermatitis.

Keywords: [“pig”,”Belly”,”Pot”]
Source: http://healthypigs.easystorecreator.com

About American Guinea Pig |

American Guinea Pig generally addresses all of the problems in the drug industry that lead to 230,000 deaths per year in the U.S., along with 2.3 million hospital-stays and annual healthcare costs in excess of $200 billion. The primary focus is how and why the FDA is a major contributor to these statistics and the changes that need to take place to fix the outdated and pro-industry system of testing and monitoring of drugs. Finally, the book offers practical and effective steps that consumers of drug products can take to significantly reduce the risk of taking a trip to the hospital or the morgue because of these problems. The book draws its name from the fact that well over 50% of all new drugs entering the market have a serious adverse reaction/side effect – capable of either killing or hospitalizing its user – that is not disclosed on the drug’s labeling. Between 1998 and 2005 there was a 2.6-fold increase in serious adverse drug reactions reported to the FDA, 87.6% of which were new and serious drug reactions not warned about in the product labeling. This means that neither the drugs’ users nor their prescribing physicians had any warning about these dangers – and why the American public has become a guinea pig for the drug industry.

Keywords: [“drug”,”serious”,”take”]
Source: http://www.americanguineapig.com/about

Hazelcroft Rescue

Hazelcroft Rescue is a family run guinea pig rescue based in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. We take in unwanted guinea pigs, then rehabilitate and care for them until new loving homes can be found. We usually have a selection available and are on hand to give you lots of good advice and support, especially if you are new to keeping guinea pigs. Hazelcroft Rescue generally rehomes within 25 miles of St Albans but will consider further, especially for really good homes. We check all potential new homes to make sure they meet our minimum requirements – please don’t let this put you off, it is because we care about the continued welfare of the guinea pigs we are re-homing. To help with our running costs a minimum suggested donation will be requested on adoption of any of our guinea pigs. You can find out a bit more about our adoption process here. As the rescue is run from our family home please be aware that visits are by appointment only and may only take place once you have completed our re-homers application form which is the first step in our re-homing process. Hazelcroft Rescue is run on a voluntary basis and we rely entirely on donations to fund the the cost of food, bedding and veterinary costs for the guinea pigs we rescue. All contributions to the rescue are gratefully received.

Keywords: [“Rescue”,”guinea”,”pig”]
Source: http://hazelcroftrescue.weebly.com

We Pigs News for 01-25-2018

Guinea Pig Kids: How New York City is Using Children to Test Experimental AIDS Drugs

I discovered the ACS were basically providing children on a conveyor belt process, into children they’ve taken into care. Many of the children incidentally had been taken by force from their parents or guardians and put into either foster homes or children’s homes in the city. You have to be clear, to use foster children in experimentation, it’s prohibited unless there is a direct benefit to those children. JAMIE DORAN: They were actually carrying experiments out on children with HIV linked to herpes, and with absulutely no clear explanation as to any benefit whatsoever it would be to the children. Why were they giving children – the key here is that these children have no – they have been taken from their parents or guardians, and put into the system – effectively, their legal parent is now the ACS. And it’s the ACS that then volunteers them for this program of experimentation, and this is absolutely shocking. The results of that, the ACS discovered that she had taken them off the medication, and there was a knock on the door, and the next thing she knew, the children were taken away. AMY GOODMAN: In your piece, you talk about how her job was to treat the kids with HIV at a New York children’s home. AMY GOODMAN: In fact, it was the drugs, you write, that were making the children ill, and the children had been enrolled in the secret trials without their relatives’ or guardians’ knowledge. You should also be clear that we’re talking about up to 20 drugs in a single cocktail given to individual children. VERA SHARAV: That’s the hope, of course, but these children are not consenting adults. The federal law or regulations, really, mandate that children in foster care may only be used in experiments involving greater than minimal risk, only if there is a direct benefit to them, or if the study examines their situation as foster care children. They’re examining the safety of the drugs in children, often testing them in children for the first time. Our question was, why did these children not receive the best standard care that was available at the time? That is their right. If you want your kids back out of foster care or one of these children’s homes, the last thing you do in New York City is take on the ACS. But I think they should be aware, the BBC film was actually the shop version, the 28-minute version of my film. I have statements written and verbal statements, recorded statements from other children and parents.

Keywords: [“children”,”drug”,”ACS”]
Source: https://www.democracynow.org/2004/12/22/guinea_pig_kids_how_new_york

Guinea Pig General Care Advice

What is a healthy weight for guinea pigs? Is it possible that my guinea is overweight? What if the weight is not exactly the same each week? If you suspect your guinea pig is overweight, do not put him on a “Diet” – the only things you should need to do are cut down on the dry food, switch to a higher quality, hay-based plain pellet, and increase the exercise. Lots of toys – blankets, tunnels, balls, newspaper tents, soft toys – will also encourage a guinea pig to take an interest in his surroundings. Its important to get to know your healthy Guinea Pig so you can spot the signs of a poorly piggie, weighing monthly is a good habit to get in too. Feed a balanced diet with regular exercise and you will avoid porky piggies !!! Please register your Guinea Pig with a good small animal vet, dont feel uncomfortable about asking if they are experienced with Guinea Pigs, its important they know about Guinea Pig health. A good place to enquire after Guinea Pig friendly vets is The Guinea Pig Forum. Of a guinea pig is very important,one of the most important dietary needs is vitamin C, guinea pigs do not make there own vit c ,so they need fresh fruit and veg every day to ensure this need is met. Some Guinea Pigs love it and others, well you need 10 hands !! Make it a relaxing experience and your Guinea Pig will hopefully get to like it. Shampoo your Guinea Pig also pay attention to dirty paws and gently rub the ears,talk to them and have a little treat available. Dry your Guinea Pig gently on your knee,check their coat and give the coat a gentle groom. A recent rescue guinea pig had a 2 inch round fur ball on his bum !! this can damage the skin and cause infection. Dried food Guinea pigs need a dry food designed for their needs. We recommend guinea pig only pellets/ nuggets rather than a muesli style mix to prevent selective feeding, ask us for advice. Vegetables and Fruit guinea pigs love these !! There are so many to choose from dont feed the same every day look on the web for information or ask us,you can include herbs,fruits and even exotic items !!! Our web links page has food lists to download. Did you know that Guinea Pigs pass 2 types of poop ?. Guinea pigs excrete caecotrophs because they cannot fully chew their food and thereby are required to digest their food a second time ! Its very common to see your Guinea Pig bend over its tummy and grab a poopy snack !! Its an important part of their normal digestive system.

Keywords: [“Guinea”,”pig”,”need”]
Source: http://www.thepotteriesguineapigrescue.co.uk/page_2133634.html

We Pigs News for 01-22-2018

In 2001, veterinarians, farm advisers and farmers will be educated in using the Health Planner. Some parts of the Health Planner will be automised and linked to existing farm management information systems. INTRODUCTION In the last few years several dutch farmers organisations, veterinarians and research institutes, including the Research Institute for Animal Husbandry, have been working together on development of a Health Planner Pigs. The Health Planner Pigs purpose is to support planning, carrying out and evaluation of animal health care on pig farms. The planner includes a) a periodical evaluation of the health situation based on health and production parameters in combination with target figures, b) a systematical check on farm risk factors and c) a division for specific analysis and tackling health problems on the farm. In 1998 the practical value of the Health Planner Pigs was tested under field conditions. Several production and health parameters, used by the farmers in the periodical evaluation of the health situation, were collected centrally to get an impression of the new health parameters levels. RESULTS Monitoring health parameters At the beginning of the experiment 63% of the farmers thought their insight into the development of chronical diseases on the farm to be moderate to insufficient. In spite of interpretation problems the farmers and advisers in general positively appreciated the periodical analysis of the health parameters and other parameters Table 1 Farmers and advisers appreciation of the value of using parameters in the Health Planner Pigs farmer veterinarian farm adviser sooner insight into when problems arise better insight into health situation 71% 73% 84% 70% 67% 73% About one quarter of the farmers and advisers found that using health parameters on the farm contributed little or nothing to the insight into farm health situation. Analysis of farm risk factors The Health Planner comprises several risk factor checklists, such as for climate, hygiene and vaccination. A good cooperation between farmer, veterinarian and adviser however is necessary for a good use of the Health Planner and profitable for farm results. One of them is realising a once-only and clear registration of treatments and mortality in the pig house, which is suitable for more purposes, medicin registration, Health Planner Pigs et cetera). In the winter of 2000/2001 veterinarians and other farm advisers are educated in the use of the Health Planner Pigs in advising pig farms. At the same time, parts of the Health Planner Pigs will be automised and linked to the existing farm management information systems. At the end of 2001, farmers will be educated in using the Health Planner and its automised products.

Keywords: [“Health”,”farm”,”Planner”]
Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/7005/2/cp02bo01.pdf

Farmers pick up staph infections from pigs

Swine farmers are six times more likely to carry multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus than people who don’t have regular contact with pigs. A new study is the largest prospective examination of S. aureus infection in a group of livestock workers worldwide, and the first such study in the United States. S. aureus is a type of bacteria commonly found on the skin as well as in the noses and throats of people and animals. Although most infections are minor, S. aureus can sometimes cause serious infections. Increasingly, drug-resistant strains of S. aureus are emerging, including methicillin-resistant, tetracycline-resistant, or multidrug-resistant strains. While previous studies have shown that certain strains of S. aureus are often associated with swine, cattle, and poultry exposure, little is known about livestock-associated staph carriage and infection in the United States. S. aureus doesn’t present an economic concern for swine farmers since pigs generally are unaffected by staph infections. “S. aureus does not typically make pigs sick, but they can act as carriers and transmit the bacterium to farmers,” says Tara Smith, corresponding author of the study. “While carriage of S. aureus isn’t itself harmful, individuals who harbor the bacterium in their nose, throat, or on their skin are at risk of developing an active staph infection, and they can also pass the bacterium to other family or community members.” Participants who experienced skin infections during the study period also were assessed for S. aureus. Overall, 26 percent of the participants carried the bacteria-but farmers with livestock exposure, particularly swine exposure, were more likely to carry MDRSA, TRSA, and livestock-associated S. aureus than those who weren’t exposed to livestock. “Current swine workers were six times more likely to carry multidrug-resistant S. aureus than those study participants without current swine exposure,” Smith says. “One hundred and three potential S. aureus infections were reported, and included infections with livestock-associated strains of this bacterium.” There currently is no method to prevent or eliminate carriage of S. aureus in animals or their human caretakers, meaning constant re-exposure and possibly transmission can occur between livestock and farm workers. “Transmission of staph between pigs and farmers and into the broader community could complicate efforts to control S. aureus transmission statewide, and have effects nationally due to the travel of pigs and people carrying these bacteria.”

Keywords: [“S.”,”aureus”,”infection”]
Source: http://www.futurity.org/farmers-pigs-staph-infections-911872

Being a Human Guinea Pig: What Are the Risks?

Shortly after receiving an injection of a new experimental drug on Monday, six men in a research unit in London fell violently ill and developed multiple organ failure. Their harrowing experience – various reports indicate the men quickly swelled up, having undergone anaphylactic shock, or an extremely potent allergic reaction – is casting light on the clinical trial process, a system that has undeniably made important and frequent discoveries in medicine, but also creates unavoidable risks for the people who volunteer to be test subjects. The pharmaceutical company testing the product, TeGenero AG, insists that thorough animal studies were done before human testing began. The trial was known as a phase one study, meaning that the drug was given to healthy people to help determine its safety. The next step, a phase two trial, includes giving the drug to people with the illness the drug is meant to treat to determine its effectiveness and side effects. The final step before the drug is allowed to be prescribed is a phase three trial, where large amounts of people are given the drug. If the drug is proven effective and passes safety tests, it is usually approved for prescription use. That’s why test subjects are supposed to sign an informed consent form, which ideally defines that there are both known and unknown risks to being in any clinical trial, noted Dr. Greg Koski, a former director of the federal Office for Human Research Protections and an assistant professor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Many trials offer economic incentives to volunteers, some of whom make a livable wage from being human guinea pigs in the name of science. This trend was documented by Bob Helms, a self-described human guinea pig who wrote the book “Guinea Pig Zero.” Read his story here. Investigation Under Way While there are always risks to these human guinea pigs, reactions as serious as what happened in London remain unusual – which is why the trial was immediately halted and investigators have been brought in to examine what could have led to such horrible circumstances. The start of a phase one trial is not the most risky part of the pipeline – it’s usually the phase three portion, when a large amount of people receive a drug, increasing the chance that underlying side effects could occur. Phase one trials are unique in that they are the first time a human receives a drug. “Even though you may have done extensive testing on animals, animals are simply not humans,” Koski said. “When you are the very first human being to be injected with a new compound, you just don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Keywords: [“drug”,”trial”,”human”]
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=1737856&page=1