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 03-17-2018

More Marylanders catch swine flu at county fairs

Five Marylanders were sickened with the flu after coming into contact with pigs at the Anne Arundel County Fair and The Great Frederick Fair, the Maryland Department of Health said Wednesday. Another seven Maryland residents caught the flu after coming into contact with pigs at the Charles County Fair. The Maryland Department of Agriculture last week canceled all swine exhibits at the Calvert County Fair, the last county fair scheduled for this year. The people who caught the swine flu are not seriously ill and haven’t been hospitalized, the state health department said.

Keywords: [“Fair”,”Maryland”,”County”]
Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-md-more-swine-flu-20170927-story.html

Vet.com || Swine Health, Pigs, Livestock Information

Al Larson Distributing, Inc. – Offering products and services for hog manure odor control and reduction. Antwi Farms – Providing various free research papers on swine diseases and regular updates. Peak Swine Genetics Inc. – On going, extensive meat quality studies. Providing technical support; working with leading professionals in all aspects of swine production and nutrition. PigCHAMP Records Service – Software to analyze swine herd data. Has nearly 1000 articles and links on the subject matter and has a comprehensive book shop on pig topics.

Keywords: [“swine”,”Inc.”,”Service”]
Source: http://www.vet.com/swine_pig.html

Myth: Hormone Use In Pig Production Poses A Health Risk To Consumers

Federal law prohibits the use of hormones in pig production. Between 1980 and 2005, changes in genetics and feeding programs have reduced “Days to harvest” – or the time required to grow a pig to full weight – by 15 percent and increased lean muscle by 45 percent. This growth has nothing to do with hormones like estrogens because they are simply not used. Dig deeper…. As in poultry production, producing pigs with more muscle reduces environmental impact and enhances the economic sustainability of farms for future generations.

Keywords: [“pig”,”hormones”,”production”]
Source: http://meatmythcrushers.com/myths/myth-hormone-use-in-pig-production.html

Kaytee: Pet Supplies

Scientifically-formulated food and treats, and lots of love!We put animals first. Kaytee’s commitment to small animal pets, pet birds, and wild birds has inspired nutritional innovations for more than 150 years. A complete line of products – food, treats, bedding, toys, habitats, and accessories – helps keep your treasured friends active, comfy and safe. Our expertise and state-of-the-art processing means quality is built into every product, ensuring the health, security, and comfort of each pet and bringing peace-of-mind to all pet parents.

Keywords: [“pet”,”food”,”treats”]
Source: https://www.kaytee.com

Practical Animal Handling

Intraperitoneal injections can be made into the posterior quadrant of the abdomen. Subcutaneous injection can be made into the scruff of the neck. Care must be taken to direct the needle into the scruff and not into the handlers finger or thumb. Because the muscle masses of mice are so small, care must be taken to use a small needle and a small volume for injection. Intramuscular injections can be made into the quadriceps muscle groups on the anterior of the thigh. This movie shows the correct procedures for injection in the mouse.

Keywords: [“injection”,”made”,”small”]
Source: http://www.ahwla.org.uk/site/tutorials/BVA/BVA05-Mouse/Mouse.html

Guinea Pig Nutrition |

Your guinea pig should have unlimited access to a variety of quality grass hays. Among many benefits, hay helps prevent obesity, dental disease, diarrhea, and boredom. Since replacing the hay in your guinea pig’s habitat can encourage picky eating, we recommend changing it only when soiled. Young, pregnant, nursing or ill animals can benefit from eating alfalfa hay in addition to grass hay because of the higher nutritional elements. Otherwise, alfalfa should only be given occasionally as a treat.

Keywords: [“hay”,”alfalfa”,”pig”]
Source: http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/small-pet-care/guinea-pigs/nutrition

Natural Pig Farming

Is a high pig welfare, non-environmental polluting system of raising healthy, contented pigs that uses the activity of indigineous micro-organisms in the sty’s ‘living’ deep bed. The pig raising system is designed to enable pigs to carry out core natural behavior within a healthy real world environment even though they are raised in pens. Philosophy and practice, and highlights the benefits of the systems over the ‘modern’ welfare- deficient factory farming model of raising pigs.

Keywords: [“pig”,”raised”,”system”]
Source: http://naturalpigfarming.com

Health Management of Miniature Pigs

This course covers various aspects of miniature pig medicine including behavior disorders, anesthesia of swine and common surgical problems. > Describe the common medical problems of pet pigs. > Describe the causes and remedies for piglet savaging. > List the advantages and disadvantages of common aesthetic protocols. > Describe the methods for induction and maintenance of inhalation anesthesia. > Describe the methods and anatomic landmarks for obtaining a blood sample from a pig.

Keywords: [“Describe”,”pig”,”common”]
Source: http://www.dvm360.com/health-management-miniature-pigs

Information on about Clinical Research- OFFICAL

Thanks for visiting Just Another Lab Rat!, your one stop guide for learning how to volunteer for a clinical research study and the best resource for veteran volunteers. If this is your first time here, please check out the Guide To Clinical Research. If you’re not healthy, there may be a Patient clinic near you. This site is only a resource guide and is does not directly recruit volunteers. Please mention you found out about studies from this site! Get the Smartphone APP!

Keywords: [“guide”,”volunteer”,”research”]
Source: http://jalr.org

Apple and Cinnamon tea, made from apple’s that we foraged sliced and dried for 6 hours in the dehydrator. I simply put 3 to 4 slices of dried apple and a 1/4 …of a teaspoon of cinnamon in a 8cm x 10cm drawstring herbal tea bags, i placed it in a mug poured over some boiled water and allowed to infuse for 5 minutes. This is a delicious and refreshing brew and is caffeine free plus there is the added pleasure in getting outdoors foraging for the apples.

Keywords: [“Apple”,”Cinnamon”,”tea”]
Source: https://www.facebook.com/OrganicGuineaPig

We Pigs News for 02-17-2018

Want to become a human guinea pig?

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. Who really volunteers to become a proverbial human guinea pig? And exactly how safe are these trials? 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 said it’s always been easy to recruit volunteers. Gortler is grateful for the volunteers, but he said he personally wouldn’t volunteer, particularly in an early-stage trial. If you are considering volunteering she suggests asking several questions: Why is the study being done? Who has approved the protocol? How will the progress of the study be monitored? If I do not participate in the study, what care will I receive? 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: http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/18/health/drug-trial-volunteering-101

Caring for Your Pet Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs are very social and often bonded with 1-2 other guinea pigs in pairs or trios. This is why is so important to have your guinea pig examined every 6 months by an experienced exotic animal veterinarian like us before they suffer and become too ill to be helped. If your guinea pig is exhibiting any of the symptoms described below, contact us immediately at 843-216-8387. If your guinea pig is not eating, his or her gastrointestinal system can go into stasis, a serious condition which may require extended hospitalization and treatment or even surgery to correct. Prompt, competent veterinary care is crucial to saving the life of a sick guinea pig. In order for your guinea pig to board with us we require an exam within the last year with a clean bill of health. Your guinea pig can have no changes in health since the last examination. Before your guinea pig is to undergo anesthesia and/or a surgical procedure make sure that your veterinarian is very familiar with this species. In general it is best to have your guinea pig examined by an experienced exotic animal veterinarian so he/she can determine if your guinea pig is suffering from this condition. Guinea pigs with respiratory disease exhibit runny eyes and nose, coughing, sneezing, weight loss, and difficulty breathing. Guinea pigs with these signs should be examined as soon as possible by an experienced exotic animal veterinarian such as us. Female guinea pigs are quite prone to reproductive disease. Male guinea pigs are also prone to reproductive disease. Skin diseases are very common in guinea pigs; mites, ringworm and sarcoptic mange are amongst the ones that we diagnose the most. Getting an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment plan will get your guinea pig feeling better a lot sooner.

Keywords: [“guinea”,”pig”,”disease”]
Source: http://www.birdsandexotics.com/animal-care/guinea-pigs

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs can learn complex paths to food, and can accurately remember a learned path for months. Guinea pigs tend to be shy, they like to know that they are safe, they will try and find cover where they feel safe or where they can’t see you. Guinea pigs can jump small obstacles, they cannot climb, and are not particularly agile. Larger groups of guinea pigs who startled will stampede. There are two different types of guinea pigs, wild guinea pigs and non wild guinea pigs. You usally find guinea pigs on patches of grass because they eat a lot of it. You should always have a supply of guinea pig food so they keep a healthy diet because guinea pig food has everything they need in it. Guinea pigs eat there own hay because hay is just dryed up grass and they eat grass. A constant supply of hay or other food is generally recommended, as guinea pigs feed continuously and may develop habits such as chewing on their own hair if food is not present. Guinea pigs love their cage because it’s a safe place and will rarly try to exscape from it even if you left the cage open. There are lots od different breeds of guinea pigs, these vary in hair and color composition. Common ailments in domestic guinea pigs include respiratory, infections, diarrhea, scurvy, abscesses due to infection, and infections by lice, mites or fungus, Guinea pigs are very good at hiding diseases. Foreign bodies, especially small pieces of hay or straw, can become lodged in the eyes of guinea pigs, resulting in excessive blinking, tearing, and in some cases an opaque film over the eye due to corneal ulcer. Guinea pigs used to be used mainly for food, they still eat guinea pig in some countrys but now people mainly keep them as pets. Peruvians ate an estimated 65 million guinea pigs each year.

Keywords: [“pig”,”Guinea”,”eat”]
Source: https://guinea-pigs.weebly.com/infomation.html