We Pigs News for 08-25-2018

Bioengineered Lungs Successfully Transplanted Into Pigs

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – Lab-grown lungs have been successfully transplanted into pigs with no apparent medical complication for months after the procedure, researchers report. This line of research on bioengineered lungs could eventually lead to more options for people who need a lung transplant, according to the team at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The lungs, which were tissue-matched to each individual pig, were grown in the laboratory. Each pig received one bioengineered lung and retained an original lung. As early as two weeks after being transplanted, the bioengineered lungs created a network of blood vessels they needed to survive, according to the study published Aug. 1 in the journal Science Translational Medicine. 

The researchers assessed the development of lung tissue and integration of the bioengineered lungs at 10 hours, two weeks, one month and two months after the transplants. The study was meant to assess how well the bioengineered lungs adapted and continued to mature within a large, living body. It didn’t evaluate the levels of oxygen the lungs provided to the pigs. Research in animals often doesn’t pan out in humans, so further research is required. The researchers said it may be possible to grow lungs to transplant into people within five to 10 years. 

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more on lung transplants. 

Keywords: [“lung”,”transplant”,”bioengineered”]
Source: https://odenvilledrugs.com/mainstreet//article.php?id=736309

ovarian cysts and GOOD vets

I just really wanted to stress to everyone how important it is to have a GOOD cavy savvy vet and also for those with female pigs to be aware of the risks of ovarian cysts. Our original vets wanted to spay but we wanted someone more specialised to do it. I got in touch with my local rescue and was recommended a vet that sees all their piggies. Rosie got two hormone injections and her recovery was almost instantaneous, all thanks to this super vet! I dread to think what would have happened had we gone ahead with the spay recommended by the first vets. 

We took the 60 mile round trip to see Mr. Good Vet again and this time by physical examination alone he detected a pea sized lump on her left ovary. We scheduled more hormone appointments for her at our closer vets. Three more of our pigs have presented with signs of ovarian cysts. Our Good Vet suggested we stick at it just a little longer, which we did, and we got the result we wanted. 

Rosie was 1.5 years old when first diagnosed, it’s not just older ladies, younger girls CAN get ovarian cysts. If your female is grumpy, aggressive, losing hair, has a strange change in weight or has crusty or enlarged nipples get her to the vet! The statistics are not known exactly but vary between 50-90% of all intact female guinea pigs developing ovarian cysts. A good vet is worth his or her weight in GOLD – a good vet can save your piggie’s life! 

Keywords: [“vet”,”GOOD”,”pig”]
Source: https://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/2456245.html

Fit Guinea Pig

I want to share with you guys something I came across while having a fun day at the beach with my friend. My friend is a gymnastics instructor and for us, going to the beach is an opportunity to be silly and practice poses such as handstands, bridges, tumbles etc. I suggested for us to go to Santa Monica beach because there is this area there called Original Muscle Beach right next to the Santa Monica Pier. Original Muscle Beach is an area filled with bars, metal rings, and ropes where people go practice acrobatics, bodybuilding, or just to goof around and have a good time. We noticed a group of people doing handstands by this grass area so we decided to walk over and see what it was all about. 

A group of people were having what they call an Acroyoga Jam. A jam is when a lot of people gather and start practicing among each other, and yes it is free. This group in particular meets every Sunday around noon and they stay until sunset practicing for hours and just having an all around good time. These people started explaining to us how it is yoga combined with acrobatic moves. These people were so welcoming that they started teaching my friend and I some moves. 

If you’re not familiar with Acroyoga, I recommend looking up Youtube videos. So to sum it all up, if you want to try something unique and fun while still getting a great workout, I highly recommend Acroyoga. 

Keywords: [“people”,”beach”,”Acroyoga”]
Source: https://fitguineapig.wordpress.com/tag/health

Oriez is one of thousands of Americans who volunteer their body and time to be a part of a scientific experiment. People who volunteer for these trials can be anyone from a healthy student who needs to make a little extra cash to a desperate cancer patient hoping an experimental drug really can help. While the health ministry is still investigating what happened, five people were hospitalized and one volunteer died. All these volunteers started the study healthy and now some may leave with a permanent disability. That’s good news for people like volunteer Steve Reszka. 

The Buffalo, New York, resident has diabetes and high blood pressure and saw an ad asking for diabetes drug trial volunteers a couple of years ago. To be a volunteer, he sat for a couple of hours of preliminary tests. The tests themselves are designed to keep a volunteer informed about the risks. A trained professional walks the volunteer through instructions page by page and a volunteer signs off on each one. Gortler is grateful for the volunteers, but he said he personally wouldn’t volunteer, particularly in an early-stage trial. 

The Clinical Center Patients’ Bill of Rights which protects you when you volunteer also explains your rights. While the drug trial Steve Reszka was a part of didn’t work out, he said he still left the experience feeling good about what he did and he’d volunteer again. 

Keywords: [“volunteer”,”trial”,”study”]
Source: https://www.cnn.com/2016/02/18/health/drug-trial-volunteering-101

We Pigs News for 08-08-2018

Pigs At Fowlerville Fair Test Positive For Swine Flu

The Livingston County Health Department reports the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development identified pigs at the Fowlerville Fair that tested positive for swine flu, or influenza A. The Fowlerville Fair Board has taken steps to isolate infected pigs to prevent additional exposure. Infected pigs began showing symptoms Thursday evening and laboratory results were confirmed late Friday afternoon. At this time, there are no reported human illnesses. The Health Department and Fowlerville Fair Board are reaching out to swine exhibitors, their families, and anyone who visited the swine barn at the fair to notify them of possible exposure to infected pigs. 

The Health Department is also instructing healthcare providers in the area to watch for patients with respiratory symptoms who report exposure to swine or who visited the fair. Swine flu can spread quickly between pigs and while rare, can pass to humans through droplets in the air when sick pigs cough or sneeze. Human symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu and can include fever, cough, runny nose, and sometimes body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within three days of exposure but can occur up to 10 days. Currently there is no vaccine for swine flu, nor will the seasonal flu vaccine protect against swine flu; however, antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu and Relenza, are said to be an effective form of treatment. 

The Health Department’s full release can be viewed at the attachment below. 

Keywords: [“swine”,”pigs”,”flu”]
Source: http://whmi.com/news/article/pigs-fowlerville-swine-flu

Recruiter for the feed industry

At Continental Search, we combine the science of recruiting and the art of matchmaking. We support animal feed companies and their suppliers in the United States and Canada. In 2002, we began focusing on animal agriculture and have filled 340 positions in the field, most with traditional feed companies, mineral/consulting companies and their suppliers. In 2016, we decided to increase our capacity and began training three additional recruiters as we anticipated a growing demand for talent in the feed industry. We are happy to announce that we are now accepting new clients! 

Traditional feed companies hire over 150 sales reps, nutritionists, plant managers and executives. European feed additive companies enter and expand the US market with nutritionists, sales managers and reps. American feed additive and milk replacer companies recruit technical and sales expertise during their expansion phases. Mineral/Consulting companies hire over 40 consultants, sales managers and plant managers. If you are looking to expand or upgrade your team and are in search of a recruitment firm with over 50 years of collective experience, we would like to speak with you at 276-6789. 

If you are considering your next step in your career, send your resume or contact one of our recruiters. 

Keywords: [“feed”,”company”,”managers”]
Source: http://www.consearch.com

Scientists Successfully Transplant Lab-Grown Lungs Into Pigs

Thanks to medical technology that has helped lead to the development of organ transplants, this has resulted in many lives being saved, where organs such as hearts, lungs, livers, and kidneys have over the years been successfully transplanted from one person to the other. The problem with transplants is that you need to find a donor that matches you. Given that some organs cannot be transplanted from a living person to another, this narrows down the availability options even more, which is one of the reasons why the black market on organs is thriving. There is a glimmer of hope on that horizon, thanks to scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch where they have successfully managed to transplant lab-grown lungs into a pig. Of course this is a long way off from creating lungs that can be transplanted into humans, but the fact that it was successfully transplanted into a pig who survived is a huge step. 

Like we said, there is still a long way to go before this tech can be applied to humans, if at all. This is because there needs to be studies done to see how long/durable these lab-made lungs hold up over the years, and if there might be any negative side-effects. 

Keywords: [“transplant”,”lung”,”study”]
Source: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2018/08/scientists-transplant-lab-grown-lungs-pigs

Scientists Created Lab-Grown Lungs And Transplanted Them Into Pigs

Lab-grown lungs were successfully transplanted into pigs for the first time. Scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch are celebrating a breakthrough as they successfully transplanted lab-grown lungs into pigs. This took 30 days inside a bioreactor tank, where the lungs were pumped with nutrients. During the experiment, the pigs’ left lungs were transplanted alongside a bioengineered lung. While the lungs functioned during the study, they weren’t connected to pulmonary arteries. 

The transplanted lungs developed blood vessels and connected to the rest of the pigs’ vascular system, according to Popular Science. Back in 2014, Joan Nichols and her team bioengineered a human lung. Engineered pig lung transplant ‘a success’ https://t. The researchers hope that the technology could one day be used for human lung transplants. Great! 

U.S. researchers transplant bioengineered lungs into pigs without complication. All of pigs that received a bioengineered lung stayed healthy https://t. It looks like the road is still long before human bioengineered lung transplants could take place. 

Keywords: [“lung”,”pig”,”transplant”]
Source: https://www.inquisitr.com/5014844/scientists-created-lab-grown…

We Pigs News for 07-22-2018

My guinea pig has bad poop problems help! Urgent!?

Either he ate something his tummy could not really digest or he ate too much of something fibery. If any bits are missing or chewed up, he may need to see a vet as his digestive track can stop working completely, he won’t be able to eat, he can become toxic or starve. If it is too hard or big, it can cause a tear which will lead to a very bad infection he will have a hard time fighting off. At this rate, he cannot get it out himself and anything you can do for him will only make it worse or not do enough in the amount of time he has. The best you can do is make sure he gets in lots of liquids. 

Hopefully this will help thin out what is blocked up. Avoid food that is too fibery until you can get him to a vet. 

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Source: https://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130914005242AAGmDcZ

Oasis Vita-Drops for Guinea Pigs

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. With extra stabilized Vitamin-C. This premium quality high potency multi-vitamin formula ensures balanced daily nutritional intake. 

Keywords: [“Pigs”,”Guinea”,”balanced”]
Source: https://www.bigalspets.com/oasis-vita-drops-for-guinea-pigs.html

How to Go Vegan & Why in 3 Simple Steps

Overhaul your shopping list by adding a few mock meats and nondairy delights. Here are some of the products that make our mouths water the most! Best of all, many of these can be found at grocery stores in your neighborhood. 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. 

E-mail the list to yourself for easy viewing on your phone or for printing. 

Keywords: [“vegan”,”list”,”product”]
Source: http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan

pigs in blankets 5 points

4 vegetarian hot dogs.1/4 c dijon mustard. 1/4 c refrigerated sauerkraut, rinsed and squeezed dry. Eight 12×17 sheets phyllo dough, at room temperature. Spray a nonstick baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the mustard mixture over the hot dogs; roll up the phyllo from the short end. 

Keywords: [“Spray”,”sheet”,”phyllo”]
Source: https://www.healthdiscovery.net/bcb/threads/55968-pigs-in-blankets…

Pig Body Temperature

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. Piglets body temperature falls at birth and then recovers. 

Keywords: [“temperature”,”body”,”weather”]
Source: http://www.oxfordsandyblackpigs.org.uk/pig_body_temperature.htm

Pet Food Info

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[]. 

Keywords: [“Pig”,”day”,”people”]
Source: http://petsfoodinfo.com/blog

5 Unethical Medical Experiments That Used Black People As Guinea Pigs

One of the main ethical issues, though there were many with this study, was the fact that participants were not given penicillin once it emerged as a standard treatment for syphilis in the 1930s nor were they made aware that there were effective treatment options for the disease. 

Keywords: [“Study”,”Syphilis”,”treatment”]
Source: http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/12/02/5-unethical-medical-experiments…

Stock Tanks, Hog Feeders, Cattle Products, Animal Health Supplies, More

Our Equine, Catalog, and Hog products represent a wide range of plastic, rubber, and galvanized buckets and tubs for your farm, ranch, or home. These multi-utility products are durable and proven to help you care for your livestock and taking charge of duties around your farm. 

Keywords: [“farm”,”products”]
Source: http://www.miller-mfg.com/equine-cattle-hog.html

Les Trois Petits Cochons™

The roundup highlights Les Trois Petits Cochons’ Duck Leg Confit as well as the Chorizo as quality and delicious sources of protein. Men’s Health Online is a leading mens news outlet covering grooming, fitness, nutrition, technology and more. 

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Source: https://3pigs.com/press-awards/press/mens-health-online

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Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-10-11/asian-seafood…

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. 

Keywords: [“Footcare”,”Health”,”Animal”]
Source: http://www.ritchey.co.uk/animal-health-footcare/default.aspx

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. 

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Source: https://clermont.claz.org/classifieds/services?q=pigs

Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science

We are currently looking for high resolution pictures of any of the breeds. Please mail your original copies with our email form Please provide a description of this breed as well. 

Keywords: [“Please”,”breed”]
Source: http://afs.okstate.edu/breeds/swine

Yarmouth Veterinary Center / Home

For the not-so-technically inclined, that means that the link you clicked, or the URL you typed into your browser, didn’t work for some reason. 

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Source: https://www.yarmouthvetcenter.com/guinea-pigs-a-list-of-health…

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Source: http://www.drop-let.com/pot-belly-pigs-pot-belly-pigs…pigs-care-health…

We Pigs News for 06-14-2018

Guinea Pigs – CHI Health Better You Blog

Last week I saw a relatively young patient in whom I placed a defibrillator about a year ago who came in because he had received a shock from his device. It is meant to interrupt cardiac arrest in patients at risk for such. This patient in particular has an interesting history. Shortly after the release of these data the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began promoting the use of ICDs in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, and a couple years later my patient received his device. My team enrolled dozens of patients with weak hearts into the SCD-HeFT study and randomly assigned some of them to receive an ICD. 

Since patients with cardiomyopathy of any type are at increased risk of cardiac arrest, my group of patients had its share of fatalities. You may look at this and think that we treated these patients as guinea pigs by randomly withholding the lifesaving technology, but you have to understand that, at the time, none of these patients would have otherwise received an ICD-it simply wasn’t an option for them based on the available science. My patient is alive today because 2,521 patients in the SCD-HeFT study volunteered to test the theory that we could come up with a better way to prevent cardiac arrest. We currently use drugs like aspirin and Plavix to block platelets, but these fail to offer complete protection in a large percentage of patients. We are now studying the effect of using a naturally occurring protein, nesiritide, to improve symptoms and outcomes in these patients. 

PREMIUM PFO. Experts have long suspected a link between migraine headaches and the presence of a small hole in the atrial septum of the heart called a patient foramen ovale. This trial tries to determine if closing the PFO with a nonsurgical device improves symptoms in these patients. The next time your doctor asks you to consider volunteering for a study, remember that guinea pigs are some of the best people I know. 

Keywords: [“patient”,”heart”,”study”]
Source: https://blogs.chihealth.com/index.php/2009/guinea-pigs

RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

If you are thinking of getting a pig as a pet, there are several things you should consider first. Many local councils in Australia will not grant permits for a pig to be kept in a backyard, even in some rural areas. The same laws that apply to commercial piggeries also apply to pet pigs. Pigs to be kept as pets should be bought from reputable breeders of pet pigs. The importation of recognised miniature pig breeds such as the Pot-bellied pig and the Kune Kune is prohibited. 

Although there does not appear to be a recognised Australian miniature pig breed, the height for adult pigs under the national registration scheme is up to 60cm at the shoulder. A miniature adult pig can weigh between 50-90kg. Commercial breeds of pigs can reach 250-300 kg, and it is unwise to keep one of these breeds as pets unless you have a lot of experience with them and plenty of room. Some information about looking after your pet pig is provided below. Indoor pigs will need their own space, preferably their own room with a pile of blankets to nest in. 

You can feed your pig specialist pig feed from a rural feed supplier, which will contain all their nutrient needs. All pigs need fresh clean water, but they will try to tip over the container to make mud for wallowing so make sure you use a heavy container. Because pigs are so inquisitive and enjoy rooting, foraging and chewing, they can be quite destructive, so they might not be the best choice of pet if you want to keep a well-manicured garden. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”need”,”pet”]
Source: http://kb.rspca.org.au/Can-pigs-be-kept-as-pets_111.html

How to Care for Pet Guinea Pigs

Appearance of Guinea PigsGuinea pigs are approximately 10 inches long and weigh two to three pounds. Before You Decide on a Pet Guinea PigGuinea pigs are social animals and you should consider keeping a same-sex pair so they have someone to socialize with. While usually quiet, guinea pigs can call out pretty loudly and be active both day and night. Guinea pigs may be nervous at first but rarely bite and generally become very tame with frequent handling. Purchasing a Guinea PigPet stores are a common source for pet guinea pigs, but they should only be purchased from a store if the store/staff are knowledgeable about guinea pigs, keep them in clean housing with a good diet, and handle the guinea pigs regularly. 

Breeders are your best option if looking for a show quality pig, a specific breed, and even pet quality pigs. Shelters have guinea pigs more often than you might think. This is a great way to give a guinea pig a second chance at life. Guinea pigs from shelters might be a little more skittish at first if they were not handled much while they were young, but most will settle down in their new homes once a routine is established. Whichever source for purchasing a guinea pig is chosen, make sure they appear to be in good health, body condition, are well socialized, and are easy to handle. 

Choosing a Guinea PigTry to avoid guinea pigs that are panicky when handled, especially if they do not relax quickly. Avoid guinea pigs that are overly skinny or grossly overweight. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”Guinea”,”handle”]
Source: https://www.thesprucepets.com/guinea-pigs-as-pets-1236837

We Pigs News for 06-01-2018

We Pigs News for 05-29-2018

The types of antibiotics used by 110 pig farms in the Ashanti region and the handling practices of the farmers during disease management were assessed. Misdiagnosis and inadequate protection during antibiotic handling in the farms increased the risk of antibiotic resistance development and spread. The factors affecting antibiotic resistance development and spread are rife in pig farms in Ashanti region and appropriate education and veterinary interventions are needed to prevent resistant bacteria from becoming endemic in pork and pig farm communities. The use of antimicrobials in livestock and the husbandry practices of the farmers have been implicated as a cause of antibiotic resistance [2, 3]. Pig farmers use antibiotics for treatment, metaphylaxis, prophylaxis, and growth promotion in their farm animals [1, 2, 4]. 

The relatively larger farm animal populations consume more than half the antibiotics produced globally [4-6]. Diseases among pigs tend to reduce productivity by reducing feed conversion efficiency, slowing growth rate, and increasing mortalities. Because of the central role of antibiotics in disease management, a study of prevalent diseases and their management practices will aid in informing practical interventions that will aim at reducing the development and spread of antibiotic resistance as a result of antibiotic use in disease management. The absence of data on the type of antibiotics used and their handling practices on pig farms, especially in Ghana and Africa, is detrimental to our understanding of the factors leading to antibiotic resistance. As a step to encourage surveillance studies that shall help researchers track the factors influencing bacterial resistance, this study assessed the antibiotic types and their handling practices among pig farmers in disease management, allowing for recommendations to contain and prevent the development and spread of resistant bacteria through the food chain. 

Table 1: Types of antibiotics used by pig farmers in selected districts in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The types and handling practices of antibiotics used in both clinical and veterinary medicine have been implicated in the development and spread of resistant bacterial phenotypes that is affecting the therapeutic efficacy of current antibiotics and food security [1, 2, 7]. This study aimed at assessing the practices and types of antibiotics prevalent on Ghanaian pig farms, using the Ashanti region as a case study. The use of antibiotics intended for clinical use is advised against as a cause of the spread of antibiotic resistance from farms to communities and treatment centres [3, 7]. Hence, the use of mainly veterinary antibiotics for basically therapeutic purposes among the farms reduces the risks of antibiotics resistance development and spread. 

Nevertheless, the farms mainly depended on the tetracyclines, sulphadimidine, dihydrostreptomycin, and benzylpenicillin for the management of most diseases. The farmers depended more on fellow farmers than veterinarians for antibiotic knowledge, which resulted in the use of the same antibiotics and similar handling practices among farms in close proximity or within the same district. Errors in antibiotic handling and administration were common among the farms. Inadequate knowledge about antibiotics and their effect on the environment and public health among pig farmers made them use and dispose of antibiotics imprudently, increasing the risk of antibiotic resistance development and spread. Education on the importance of pro- and prebiotics, improved farm hygienic practices, strict laws regarding the sales, and use of antibiotics and increased veterinarian interventions on the farms are important to limit the occurrence of diseases and subsequent use of antibiotics. 

Keywords: [“antibiotic”,”farm”,”pig”]
Source: http://www.wepigs.com/we-pigs-news-for-05-29-2018

Pigs Digest Fiber Efficiently Even at High Inclusion Rates, Study Finds

URBANA, Ill. – The use of high-fiber feed ingredients in swine diets is on the rise due to their wide availability and relatively low cost. Because pigs lack enzymes needed to digest dietary fiber, the energy available to pigs from these ingredients is less than lower-fiber ingredients. NatureLong-term Study Shows Crop Rotation Decreases Greenhouse Gas EmissionsURBANA, Ill. – Many farmers grow corn and soybean in rotation to avoid the continuous corn yield penalty, but now there’s another reason to rotate. Scientists at the University of Illinois have provided further evidence that rotating crops increases yield and lowers greenhouse gas emissions compared to continuous corn or soybean. PsychologySleep Better, Parent Better: Study Shows Link Between Maternal Sleep And Permissive ParentingURBANA, Ill. – Research has shown that consistently not getting enough sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, can put you at risk for a number of health conditions. 

MedicineHunting Dogs May Benefit from Antioxidant Boost in DietURBANA, Ill. – Free radicals, those DNA-damaging single-oxygen atoms, are produced in spades during exercise. MedicineWalnuts Impact Gut Microbiome And Improve HealthURBANA, Ill. – Diets rich in nuts, such as walnuts, have been shown to play a role in heart health and in reducing colorectal cancer. According to a new study from the University of Illinois, the way walnuts impact the gut microbiome-the collection of trillions of microbes or bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract-may be behind some of those health benefits. BiologyStudy Provides Video Evidence of Parental Infanticide in a Grassland Bird SpeciesURBANA, Ill. – Baby birds go missing from their nests all the time. In a new study from the University of Illinois, the mysterious and fatal behavior is documented in dickcissels for the first time. 

BiologyMore Than Just Menageries: First Look at Zoo And Aquarium Research Shows High OutputURBANA, Ill. – Most of us think of zoos and aquariums as family destinations: educational but fun diversions for our animal-loving kids. NatureFrom Property Damage to Lost Production: How Natural Disasters Impact EconomicsURBANA, Ill. – When a natural disaster strikes, major disaster databases tend to compile information about losses such as damages to property or cost of repairs, but other economic impacts after the disaster are often overlooked-such as how a company’s lost ability to produce products may affect the entire supply-chain within the affected region and in other regions. 

Keywords: [“Ill.”,”Study”,”Illinois”]
Source: http://www.sciencenewsline.com/summary/2018053018180076.html

We Pigs News for 05-31-2018

NOT-OD-15-158: NIH Research Involving Introduction of Human Pluripotent Cells into Non-Human Vertebrate Animal Pre-Gastrulation Embryos

The National Institutes of Health is informing the research community that it will not fund research in which human pluripotent cells are introduced into non-human vertebrate animal pre-gastrulation stage embryos while the Agency considers a possible policy revision in this area. The field of regenerative medicine, largely through the use of human pluripotent cells, has progressed to the stage in which some scientists are considering employing early stage animal embryos to grow human tissue and organs. This section governs research using hESCs and human induced pluripotent stem cells, i.e., human cells that are capable of dividing without differentiating for a prolonged period in culture and are known to develop into cells and tissues of the three primary germ layers. Research in which hESCs or human induced pluripotent stem cells are introduced into non-human primate blastocysts. Research involving the breeding of animals where the introduction of hESCs or human induced pluripotent stem cells may contribute to the germ line. 

Given the rapid expansion of potential research models employed beyond the scope described above, NIH would like to undertake a deliberative process to evaluate the state of the science in this area, the ethical issues that should be considered, and the relevant animal welfare concerns associated with these types of studies. Effective with the date of this Notice, NIH will not fund any new or competing grant applications or contract proposals for research in which human pluripotent cells are introduced into non-human vertebrate animal pre-gastrulation stage embryos. Current research funding: NIH will not consider requests for administrative supplements or revisions to any grants or modification to R&D contracts that include costs for or involve research introducing human pluripotent cells into non-human vertebrate animal pre-gastrulation stage embryos. Ongoing NIH awards will be addressed with the awardees on a case-by-case basis. Peer reviewed competing applications: Any grant applications previously submitted to the NIH and already reviewed which propose to introduce human pluripotent cells into non-human vertebrate animal pre-gastrulation stage embryos will be held for funding decisions until NIH has issued a policy notification. 

Competing applications/contract proposals pending submission and/or peer review: NIH will not review applications or contract proposals for research proposing to introduce human pluripotent cells into non-human vertebrate animal pre-gastrulation stage embryos until NIH has issued a policy notification. No contracts proposing research in which human pluripotent cells are introduced into non-human vertebrate animal pre-gastrulation stage embryos will be awarded until further notice. 

Keywords: [“human”,”cells”,”research”]
Source: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-158.html

Moveable Magnets Used to Forge Gastric Bypass in Pigs

MONDAY, May 21 – In a scenario reminiscent of the film Fantastic Voyage, researchers have found a way to perform nearly surgery-free gastric bypass procedures in pigs using only a local anesthetic. The procedure, done with moveable magnets, is completed in less than a half-hour, the researchers said, and reroutes the digestive tract without leaving behind any foreign material. Thompson, an assistant professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is presenting his findings at the Digestive Disease Week meeting of gastroenterologists in San Diego. Gastric or intestinal bypass surgery is effective treatment against obesity, diabetes and even some cancers and involves rerouting different parts of the intestine so that certain areas of the digestive tract are no longer needed. The procedure typically involves invasive surgery, with all its attendant complications and risks. 

The procedure used in this study is called SAMSEN. Here, researchers inserted two magnets via a catheter into the foregut and the hindgut of five pigs. Within a few days this method worked to create a surgical bypass that connected two previously separate parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The procedure, if validated in other animal models and in humans, might someday aid in the fight against obesity, diabetes and even some forms of cancer, the authors stated. Similar procedures have been tried before but they involved just one magnet, meaning that only small bypasses could be performed. 

Currently, capsule endoscopies rely on the digestive tract’s natural movements to move it through the system. The human volunteer in this study was the study’s senior author, 69-year-old Naotake Ohtsuka, president of Mu Ltd., which developed the device. In a third and final study being presented at the meeting, researchers determined that a new high-definition, dual-focus colonoscope may enable doctors to diagnose during a colonoscopy whether small polyps in the colon are benign or malignant. 

Keywords: [“study”,”procedure”,”digestive”]
Source: https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=158428

My guinea pig has crusty dry skin on her lower back. I gave her a “bath” but the crustiness still exists. It is almost

There are two likely possibilities for what your GP is experiencing. The most likely by far is a mite infestation specifically sarcoptes mites. We see this sometimes on a weekly basis in our clinic. These mites can travel in by other guinea pigs, food, bedding, or be in the guinea pigs and not causing a problem until one day they come out of dormancy and start to cause your pig pain or itchiness or both. The skin becomes very flaky and progresses to having the hair fall out very easily. 

If this condition is present it is not an emergency but does require veterinary attention to give the right meds to get rid of the mites. The other possibility but much less likely is ringworm. This can come from a lot of places in the environment and can cause the symptoms you are describing. I would avoid lotions for a couple of reasons, most guinea pigs do not find the humor in topical meds, some lotions have ingredients and perfumes that GP’s don’t like, and third the lotions are usually very ineffective. Dr. 

Dan and 87 other Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”mite”,”lotions”]
Source: https://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/268tq-hi-my-guinea-pig…

We Pigs News for 05-25-2018

Drug-Test Human Guinea Pigs: Men’s Health.com

Brandon and his roommates were professional guinea pigs who volunteered to take part in a medical trial at Ohio State University to determine how an experimental antinausea pill would interact with an existing antifungal medication. In a Johns Hopkins survey of research volunteers published last spring in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 10 percent of the sampled group admitted to participating in more than one study at a time – most likely without the knowledge of the researchers. If those results are skewed by a significant number of volunteers enrolling in multiple studies, it’s possible that either a worthy drug will be kept out of people’s hands, or a dangerous and/or ineffective med will be allowed to enter the market. While confidentiality rules give guinea pigs the cover they need to straddle multiple studies, those guinea pigs also benefit from a testing system that increasingly overlooks-and sometimes even encourages – abuse. Struggling immigrants, the chronically unemployed, cash-strapped college students – anyone who’s financially needy is fodder for a CRO-run study and more likely to be a professional guinea pig. 

Within a year, he’d moved to Austin – lab rats consider it the mecca for clinical trials in the United States – and has been supporting himself with research studies ever since. Gov, and biotrax.com, list drug trials, but pro guinea pigs laud jalr.org as the best. Doubling up on studies or skirting the guidelines is tough for them, because the institutions where they’re tested keep good records and share detailed information about study participants. Go on to the next page to learn how many of the nation’s testing sites have actually been checked by the FDA….Given that the FDA relies on the results of clinical trials to decide if a drug is safe and effective for public consumption, one would expect the agency to be invested in ensuring the quality of those trials. Last September, a report from the inspector general of the U.S. 

Department of Health and Human Services concluded that FDA officials had no system for identifying all ongoing clinical trials. Still, in theory, any problems missed by the OHRP or the FDA would be caught by an institutional review board, or IRB. Before any clinical trial can proceed, an IRB evaluates the study plan to make sure the testing is ethical and that participants’ rights are protected. Formation of these oversight committees was mandated in 1974 after details came to light about the Tuskegee Institute study that left black men untreated for syphilis for four decades. 

Keywords: [“study”,”trial”,”research”]
Source: https://www.menshealth.com/…/a19523480/drug-test-human-guinea-pigs

Guinea Pig Breeds

A guinea pig is approximately 10 inches long and about 2-3 pounds. A variety of toys like some crumpled papers, wood blocks, paper bag or plastic balls may be placed in the cage for the guinea pig to play with. Exercise balls and wheels are avoided because the body of the guinea pig is not appropriate for such activity and the risk of injury is always possible. The Satin American breed or also known as the English Cavy is the most popular guinea pig breed. A) Texel guinea pig has a long curly body coat and is considered a high maintenance kind of breed. 

B) Coronet guinea pig is also long haired but has a distinguished single rosette on the middle of its forehead. c) Merino guinea pig which has long curly hair with a crest on its head. d) Alpaca guinea pig which has long curly hair that grows over its head. e) Abyssinian guinea pig has a hairy body coat that is made up of swirls of hairs that gives it a dishevelled look. The hair is in multiple layers of swirls called rosettes and the hair radiates from a symmetrical pattern from the body. 

F) Peruvian guinea pig has long, smooth and straight hair that grows over its head. Its hair usually parts down its back and hair grows several inches longer down its body. Silkie or Sheltie has long, shiny and silky hair that grows backwards from the head. To distinguish it from the Peruvian, the hair of the Sheltie does not part down its back. b. 

Baldwin guinea pig which has some hair when it is younger but then becomes totally hairless as it grows older. Just for purposes of information, the guinea pigs were used for laboratory research purposes. Time has been kind to these guinea pigs and they are now accepted as good family pets in most parts of the world. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”guinea”,”hair”]
Source: http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/11715/1/Guinea-Pig-Breeds.html

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Natural # Diabetic Crocs Diabetes Events The 3 Step Trick that Reverses Diabetes Permanently in As Little as 11 Days.[ NATURAL ] The REAL cause of Diabetes,Natural In order whenever pests are not the blood sugar levels stable diabetics should eat the same amount of food at the same time as an element of the diabetes diet. Ought to eat starch based food like cereal bread and starchy vegetables. Natural There a lot of different to be able to reduce worry or nervousness. Natural Test subjects will insurance coverage medicine although about half of the test subjects will just be getting placebos. Regardless they will monitor you closely figure out how the medications affect your diabetes and check out side effects with care something your doctor probably didnt have time doing. 

Natural Alterations in diet plan tend to weight reduction should be used gradually. Sudden alterations your diet could lead to dangerous out comes. Natural But as good as fenugreek is for controlling blood glucose level levels find relief. Some women have discovered their blood sugar level to drop lower compared to they expected. Natural If you are using a topical ointment continue to perform. 

Bacteria in the pores collects with old skin debris and oil and grows creating pimples that is definitely painful. Doing their best to keep pores unclogged and keeping bacteria in check will provide fewer pimples and hopefully they wont last lengthy as. 

Keywords: [“Natural”,”Diabetes”,”bacteria”]
Source: http://diabeteseex.com/diabetes.medication.over.the.counter/natural…

We Pigs News for 05-18-2018

America’s past of human experiments revealed

U.S. officials also acknowledged there had been dozens of similar experiments in the United States – studies that often involved making healthy people sick. Attitude similar to Nazi experiments Some of these studies, mostly from the 1940s to the ’60s, apparently were never covered by news media. In federally funded studies in the 1940s, noted researcher Dr. W. 

Paul Havens Jr. exposed men to hepatitis in a series of experiments, including one using patients from mental institutions in Middletown and Norwich, Conn. Havens, a World Health Organization expert on viral diseases, was one of the first scientists to differentiate types of hepatitis and their causes. A search of various news archives found no mention of the mental patients study, which made eight healthy men ill but broke no new ground in understanding the disease. Researchers in the mid-1940s studied the transmission of a deadly stomach bug by having young men swallow unfiltered stool suspension. 

For a study in 1957, when the Asian flu pandemic was spreading, federal researchers sprayed the virus in the noses of 23 inmates at Patuxent prison in Jessup, Md., to compare their reactions to those of 32 virus-exposed inmates who had been given a new vaccine. Studies using prisoners were uncommon in the first few decades of the 20th century, and usually performed by researchers considered eccentric even by the standards of the day. Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general reported that between 40 and 65 percent of clinical studies of federally regulated medical products were done in other countries in 2008, and that proportion probably has grown. Syphilis study These issues were still being debated when, last October, the Guatemala study came to light. 

In the 1946-48 study, American scientists infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis, apparently to test whether penicillin could prevent some sexually transmitted disease. To focus on federally funded international studies, the commission has formed an international panel of about a dozen experts in ethics, science and clinical research. Some experts say that given such a tight deadline, it would be a surprise if the commission produced substantive new information about past studies. 

Keywords: [“study”,”experiment”,”research”]
Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/41811750/ns/health-health_care

How dogs could help us explore our own gut health

Scientists are looking to another animal that they argue has an even more similar gut microbiome to that of humans: humans’ best friend, the dog. Luis Pedro Coelho – who currently works in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany – plus colleagues at the EMBL and the Nestlé Purina Research laboratories in St. Louis, MO, hypothesize that dogs may be also be our best friends when it comes to learning more about our own gut health. Their research, the results of which are now published in the journal Microbiome, indicates that dogs’ gut microbiomes overlap a lot more with own than those of mice or pigs. The study – which was co-funded by the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company – was a randomized controlled trial, for which the scientists selected 64 dogs of two breeds: beagle and Labrador retriever. 

Over an initial period of 4 weeks, all of these dogs were fed the same commonly available dog food sold on the market. The dogs were randomly divided into two groups: one that was to only receive food that was high in protein content and low in carbs, and another that was fed a low-protein, high-carb diet. This allowed them to assess how similar these microbiomes were to each other in terms of their genetic content, plus how the dogs’ microbiomes were altered by changing diets. The team was surprised to find that the microbiomes of dogs were much more similar to the human gut microbiome than those of mice and pigs. They found a 20 percent overlap between the murine and human gut microbiomes and a 33 percent overlap between our gut microbiomes and those of pigs, but a 63 percent overlap between dogs’ gut microbiomes and our own. 

Overweight dogs responded more strongly to a high-protein diet than their slender counterparts, presenting more drastic changes in the composition of their gut microbiomes. Looking at the results of their study, the researchers believe that, in the future, humans’ best friend may be able to help us gain a better understanding of the mechanisms at play in our own health. These findings suggest that dogs could be a better model for nutrition studies than pigs or mice, and we could potentially use data from dogs to study the impact of diet on human gut microbiota. 

Keywords: [“dog”,”microbiome”,”human”]
Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321613.php

Polluting Pigs Hit With Big Penalty – Health Advice Guide

In 2014, more than 500 North Carolina residents brought suit against the company, saying the operations and manure lagoons were harming their health and lowering property values. The families owned their properties prior to the farm moving into town, and when operations started in 1995, it was all downhill from there. The creation of new CAFO lagoons and the spray systems were banned in 2007, but older farms were allowed to continue their use. Further, while family and individually owned farms made up 83 percent of pig operations, they accounted for just 41 percent of sales. Corporations, which own just 8 percent of pig farms, accounted for 34 percent of sales. 

In North Carolina, an EWG analysis revealed that 160,000 residents live within half a mile of a pig or poultry farm.10 Further, court documents used in the plaintiffs’ case against Smithfield revealed the results of a study that detected the presence of pig-manure DNA on the exterior walls of 14 out of 17 homes near the company’s CAFOs. Someone pays the price of production, and for far too long, that burden has been on the rural communities that are home to North Carolina’s factory farms. The AGA standard allows for greater transparency and conformity15 and is intended to ensure the humane treatment of animals and meet consumer expectations about grass fed meat and dairy, while being feasible for small farmers to achieve. The AGA logo on your meat and dairy ensures the animals were born and raised on American family farms. Whether you do so for ethical, environmental or health reasons – or all of the above – I encourage you to support the small family farms in your area. 

If you wouldn’t want to visit the farm personally – or live near it – it’s a major red flag that you shouldn’t get your meat from it either. If you don’t have small farms in your area, you can often find free-ranging, pastured meat, organically fed and locally marketed, at farmers markets and food co-ops. 

Keywords: [“farm”,”North”,”Carolina”]
Source: http://www.healthadviceguide.com/polluting-pigs-hit-with-big-penalty

We Pigs News for 05-03-2018

European Commission

Increasing the living space available for sows and gilts. Introducing higher level of training and competence on welfare issues for personnel. Setting requirements for light and maximum noise levels. Providing permanent access to fresh water and to materials for rooting and playing. In particular with effect from 1st January 2013, pregnant sows must be kept in groups instead of individual stalls during part of their pregnancy – a major improvement for the welfare of sows in the EU. 

Indeed apart from some exceptions all pigs are to be raised in groups and must be provided with permanent access to drinking water and food of appropriate quality at regular intervals. They must also have permanent access to a sufficient quantity of enrichment materials that does not compromise their health and enables them to carry out proper investigation and manipulation activities and fulfil their behavioural needs. Please refer to the EFSA page for their scientific opinions on the welfare aspects of pig farming. Routine tail docking is forbidden, the Commission has developed several activities to prevent routine tail docking. Surgical castration, practiced for centuries to remove an unpleasant odour from pork known as ‘boar taint’ and prevent undesirable sexual and aggressive behaviour in pigs, has become a significant animal welfare concern in recent years. 

Research has proven that this surgical procedure inflicts pain, even on very young pigs. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”welfare”,”access”]
Source: https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/practice/farm/pigs_en

Fivet Animal Health

Pig rearing is profitable only if pigs grow quickly and attain good weight gains in a short time period. Measles in pigs is the intermediate stage of a tapeworm that occurs in humans. The eggs hatch in the intestine of the pig and burrow into the intestinal wall. Control measures include the treatment of tapeworm infection in humans; proper use of toilets, so that pigs never come into contact with human waste, stringent meat inspection at slaughter and ensuring that all pork products are well cooked before consumption. The worms compete with the pigs for nutrients and pigs lose condition. 

Pigs with no obvious symptoms of worm infestation may be found not to reach target weights. The eggs are passed out through the faeces and survive in warm damp conditions in the environment, where they are ingested by another pig, continuing the cycle. The eggs hatch in the environment and pigs digest the larvae. Healthy pigs on a good plane of nutrition are less likely to be affected by worm infestation. Management systems should be such that sties can be left empty between pigs for a period to be disinfected and allowed to dry for several days. 

Pigs on pasture are more susceptible to worm infestation and may have to be dosed more frequently. Boars – every 3-6 months depending on worm load. DECTOMAX INJECTABLE and PIG DEWORMER are effective against roundworm, including migrating stages and are registered for use in pigs. 

Keywords: [“Pig”,”worm”,”eggs”]
Source: http://www.fivetanimalhealth.com/management-articles/worms-pigs

Do you want to be a guinea pig?

A poster in my internist’s waiting room asks whether I’d be interested in participating in a cholesterol study. In my gynecologist’s waiting room, another poster tries to recruit ladies for studies on prenatal vitamins and on vulvar vestibulitis. If you’re sick, you get the chance to try a treatment so new, you can’t get it from your doctor. Ask about side effects of the experimental treatment compared with the side effects of your current treatment, advises the National Institutes of Health. The doctors running the study might stand to make money if the experimental treatment works, and there are concerns that could influence what they do with you. 

The nightmare scenario is that they’ll enroll you in the study even when the new treatment could harm you or that they’ll keep the study going even though the new treatment is clearly causing dangerous side effects. The National Institutes of Health has more information about phases of studies and how clinical trials are conducted. Don’t assume you can keep taking the treatment after the study ends; you might not be able to. When it comes to studies, this is the bottom line: The purpose of the study is to investigate a new treatment, not to take care of you as a patient. The NIH has a bill of rights for study participants. 

If you’re going to join a study, be prepared for disappointment. Maybe the new treatment will work, but maybe it won’t. 

Keywords: [“study”,”treatment”,”Ask”]
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/06/26/ep.clinical.trials/index.html

Have Fun at the Fair, But Don’t Pet the Pigs

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – You go to the fair for corn dogs and cotton candy, not an infectious swine flu. Researchers are warning that flu can spread among pigs at agricultural fairs and then make the leap to humans, which could potentially lead to a swine flu epidemic. The good news is that people can take steps to protect themselves by doing simple things, including keeping as much distance from the pigs as possible. The new study looked at 18 cases of H3N2 swine flu in people in Ohio and Michigan in 2016. All were linked to agricultural fairs and exposure to pigs infected with flu. 

Most of the flu cases were mild, the study authors said in a university news release. The threat remains that a pig-to-people transfer of a flu virus could spark a worldwide crisis, the researchers said. Use signs to warn people against eating and drinking near the exhibits, and provide instructions about proper handwashing. Encourage those at higher risk of flu – such as young kids, people over 65 and those with weakened immune systems – to stay away from animal exhibits. The new study stemmed from a previous one led by Ohio State researchers, too. 

Nearly 80 percent of them were harboring the flu virus, although many didn’t appear to be sick. For more about swine flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Keywords: [“flu”,”people”,”swine”]
Source: http://www.health.com/healthday/have-fun-fair-dont-pet-pigs

We Pigs News for 04-30-2018

Guinea pig health: Scurvy

Drug-Test Human Guinea Pigs: Men’s Health.com

Others who are healthy just participate in the occasional study for some extra cash. In a Johns Hopkins survey of research volunteers published last spring in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 10 percent of the sampled group admitted to participating in more than one study at a time – most likely without the knowledge of the researchers. Nancy Kass, Sc.D., the lead author of the Johns Hopkins study, agrees. As a result, there’s little chance of catching volunteers who skirt the rules, and that includes people who keep quiet about past or current physical conditions that have the potential to skew study results. While confidentiality rules give guinea pigs the cover they need to straddle multiple studies, those guinea pigs also benefit from a testing system that increasingly overlooks-and sometimes even encourages – abuse. 

Struggling immigrants, the chronically unemployed, cash-strapped college students – anyone who’s financially needy is fodder for a CRO-run study and more likely to be a professional guinea pig. Within a year, he’d moved to Austin – lab rats consider it the mecca for clinical trials in the United States – and has been supporting himself with research studies ever since. Doubling up on studies or skirting the guidelines is tough for them, because the institutions where they’re tested keep good records and share detailed information about study participants. The government is not much better at monitoring its own studies. Still, in theory, any problems missed by the OHRP or the FDA would be caught by an institutional review board, or IRB. 

Before any clinical trial can proceed, an IRB evaluates the study plan to make sure the testing is ethical and that participants’ rights are protected. Formation of these oversight committees was mandated in 1974 after details came to light about the Tuskegee Institute study that left black men untreated for syphilis for four decades. Today many IRBs are run for profit, creating an incentive to rule favorably on studies so that CROs won’t take their business elsewhere. 

Keywords: [“study”,”trial”,”research”]
Source: https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19523480/drug-test-human-guinea-pigs/

Adult Guinea Pig Food

Five days ago I started him on your Recovery food and pellets, I have hope he will get better. I recently switched my two female guinea pigs over to sherwood pellets. After learning about Sherwood Pellets from another Pig owner. My girls eat less of the pellets than they did of the previous brand, they do like the pellets, and the switch over has been pretty easy. Simple wholesome ingredients fortified with the essential Vitamin C that guinea pigs need in their diet, the pellets are dark green and smells wonderfully FRESH! 

Just looking at the pellets alone is a sell – most pellets look tan or brown and are actually pretty big. I decided to switch the brand of emergency food and pellets to Sherwood and start using Sherwood cranberry tabs to hopefully avoid another stone because I knew he would not survive another operation. It’s been a couple weeks now that I’ve started mixing the Sherwood pellets with my guinea pig’s usual pellets and my guinea pig still won’t eat the Sherwood pellets…she has tried it but will still always go for her usual pellets. The Sherwood pellets stay in her food bowl and lose their shape…looks like it expands a bit and becomes crummy looking. Since we bought the Sherwood pellets, our Guinea Pigs won’t touch any other pellets. 

With such great results, I could not wait to get my hands on a bag of Sherwood Forest Adult Guinea Pig Food. While most hesitate to feed a pellet with Alfalfa to a sludge-prone pig, I already knew that it wasn’t the calcium or Alfalfa causing her problems; It was all the junk, unbalanced formulas, and artificial vitamins. 

Keywords: [“pellet”,”sherwood”,”pig”]
Source: https://store.sherwoodpethealth.com/adult-guinea-pig-food/

Farmers can raise guinea pigs for health, wealth

Today, guinea pig farming business is gaining popularity throughout the world. Farmers should try raising guinea pigs for health and wealth as the demand is becoming huge both at the local and the export market. Guinea pig, small livestock with big potential, can be raised to improve the nutrition and livelihoods of farmers by providing food and additional income. Guinea pig farming business is a more profitable source of food and income than many traditional stock animals as they require much less room than traditional livestock and they reproduce extremely quickly. Guinea pig meat is white, lean, tasty and healthy for consumption, in addition to being wholesome and delicious. 

In the farming families, children benefit most from the increased availability of fresh and nutritious meat from home-produced guinea pigs. Daily Sun learnt that guinea pig is a specie of rodents. They are not pigs nor do they come from Guinea or Guinea-Bissau. Guinea pigs are cavy type rodents, they are warm blooded mammals. Like most cavies, guinea pig has short legs, a short neck, a big head and no tail. 

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Jovana Integrated Farms, Prince Arinze Onebunne, said the demand for quality guinea pig meat has been increasing yearly because of the growing awareness of their nutritional benefits, especially among health-conscious people. He added that the production of guinea pigs gives small farmers a chance to increase their income and health, and offers an alternative means of livelihood to urban and rural farmers. 

Keywords: [“guinea”,”pig”,”Farms”]
Source: http://sunnewsonline.com/farmers-can-raise-guinea-pigs-for-health-wealth/