Potbelly Pig Tips
I am assuming you are using a potbellied pig chow that is appropriate for the developmental stage of your pig, be it starter, grower, maintenance or breeder. MY PIG CHOKES WHEN SHE EATS. WHAT CAN I DO? If you notice your pig coughing or choking a little while eating dry pellets, try wetting her food. If all of a sudden there is no piggy poop in the pan, take your pig outside. Provide your pig with a definite pee dee, pooh dee schedule, and you will greatly enhance your chances of fewer potty mistakes and a confident, successful pig. A girl pig, on the other hand, can be perfectly situated in her pan and urinate just outside due to the “Fountain effect.” This is not the pig’s fault, but a matter of not being provided with an ample commode. The most beautiful coats and good skin conditions I’ve seen are on those pigs fed a large variety of vegetables daily, going light on the fruits, along with a nutritionally complete potbellied pig chow. It’s always better to do maintenance procedures on your pig at home where the environment is familiar and your pig feels safe rather than to have, who your pig perceives as a stranger, work on her. Set up a passive pedicure situation by placing concrete patio tiles where your pig waters. Consult your veterinarian if you suspect AR. Your pig could simply have allergies. This is fine, especially if your pig has good skin and coat condition, as too much bathing can exacerbate the dry skin condition that can be such an annoyance to the potbellied pig owner. Bathing can be accomplished in several ways depending on the size and temperament of your pig. If you are looking for success with the least amount of stress, desensitizing your pig to activities you expect her to participate in is such an important pig rule. Whatever method you choose to bathe your pig, the water should be tepid, not cold and the pig dried quickly and kept out of drafts. Is there excessive tearing? Does your pig tend to squint or blink abnormally? Can you see her eye lashes? Do her lashes appear to be touching her eyeball? Potbellied pigs are prone to various eye maladies including runny eyes, matter build up, entropi, scratched cornea, ulcerated cornea and eye trauma. Tusk Care: If you have a neutered boy pig, keep an eye on his tusks.
Introduction There are three important parasites found in pigs which pose a risk to humans who ingest raw or undercooked pork products. The Arctic type, T. nativa or T-2, is essentially non-infective for the domestic pig. An alternative method of testing pigs for trichinellosis is the detection of antibodies to the parasites in serum samples. Prevention of infection requires implementation of good farming practices which Taenia solium infection in pigs and T. saginata infection in cattle pose a risk to man of taeniasis, an intestinal tapeworm infection. The cycle of infection is perpetuated by sanitary conditions which allow pigs to be exposed to human waste, along with inadequate methods for preparing and cooking pork. Infection rates vary regionally with a range of pig infections from 0. Direct introduction of human faeces into pig breeding areas or the introduction of contaminated water or soil are the most common sources for pigs to become infected. In developed countries, modem pig facilities pose little risk of exposure to infection with T. solium cysticerci. Transplacental transmission is an important mode of infection in humans, pigs, sheep and goats. Most species of livestock, including sheep, goats and pigs, are infected with T. gondii. 9 % of pigs in 1 9 8 3 – 1 9 8 4 with higher rates in breeders than in market pigs. Methods for testing pigs include serology and bioassay: however, neither of these methods is currently used for inspection purposes. Oocysts can be found virtually anywhere, including in pig feed and pig bams where cats are resident. Square root cooling time 40 e) Pork from pigs raised under conditions which are free of risks for the transmission of trichinae and which are monitored using a statistically valid method, or pigs reared in an area, region or country which has been shown to be free of trichinae in domestic pigs in accordance with guidelines set forth in the OIE International Animal Health Code may be considered safe for consumption with respect to trichinae. Risk analysis of management factors associated with positive serological test results in pigs showed correlation of infection with the presence of infected juvenile cats and with the presence of T. gondii-infected house mice.
Liver Disease Archives
Hepatitis E. Hepatitis E was first observed in a 1955 outbreak in New Delhi, India. Hepatitis E is the most important or the second most important cause of acute clinical hepatitis in adults throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa. As hepatitis E concentrates in the liver in both pigs and humans, swine livers were the natural place to test for hepatitis E presence, and probably the riskiest part of the pig to eat. The researchers reasoned that sausage made from pig liver would be a likely vector for hepatitis E transmission to humans, especially a form of smoked pig liver sausage traditionally eaten raw – figatellu. Hepatitis E was discovered as a cause of acute liver disease. Hepatitis B and C viruses are known causes of alcoholic liver cirrhosis. A child developed cirrhosis after a bone marrow transplant due to a swine-derived form of hepatitis E. A Spanish study found a strong association between HEV and cirrhosis in people infected with HIV: “Liver cirrhosis was the only factor independently associated with the presence of anti-HEV, which was documented in 23% of patients with cirrhosis and 6% of patients without cirrhosis. HEV RNA was detected in three seropositive patients, two of whom had liver cirrhosis.” HEV seems to be a common cause of cirrhosis in Egypt. Two viruses, Theiler’s murine encephalomyelitis virus and murine hepatitis virus, are used to induce infectious models of the disease. The murine hepatitis virus model is suggestive: it supports the idea that a virus that causes hepatitis may also cause MS. Some strains of MHV are neurotropic, infecting both the liver and central nervous system, and it is these that most readily produce an MS-like disease. If a hepatitis virus is causing MS in humans, we would expect MS patients to have high rates of liver disease. The most likely pathogen in the case of the liver diseases is hepatitis E virus. Hepatitis E viruses are most abundant in liver, intestine, and blood. Pig liver sausage as a source of hepatitis E virus transmission to humans. Purcell RH, Emerson SU. Hepatitis E: an emerging awareness of an old disease. El Sayed Zaki M, Othman W. Role of hepatitis E infection in acute on chronic liver failure in Egyptian patients.