Camp Skipping Pig
If your pig rips its blankets or if you give the pig plastic bags to play with, there is a risk. It is very painful, causing the pig to dip its back, sometimes even causing the pig to collapse, screaming, to the ground. “OBESITY may kill more pet pigs than any other health problem. As with people, arthritis, heart and breathing issues develop in obese pigs. There is no excuse to let a pig become so heavy that its belly touches, let alone, drags on the ground. This is as cruel as if he were starved…either way causes a prolonged death. I’ve seen pigs whose bellies drag on the ground between their hind legs and are injured from abrasions and being stepped on. Why do people think it’s”cute” for a pig to be fat?! With any living being, proper diet and enough exercise are critical to a long healthy life. These collect in the prepuce and can cause a lot of discomfort for your pig. Your pig may not cooperate and it might take some gentle persuasion to convince him it’s a good idea. While you’re determining the cause your pig may become dehydrated and the condition can be life threatening. Support your pig with plenty of water and electrolytes, using an oral syringe if he won’t drink on his own. If your pig tends to rip apart blankets and chew inappropriate things, remove them and offer only hay or straw or non-destructable bedding. If a non-pooping and/or vomiting pig is guilty of tearing these items up, a blockage should be suspected. BACK INJURIES can be very painful for your pig and frustrating to treat and life threatening if left untreated. A back injury may show up as a hind toe dragging or the pig may be down and unable to move it’s hind quarters. A sling might be of use to help the pig remain mobile as its back recovers. ULCERS are fairly common in pigs and should be suspected if your pig goes off its feed and becomes lethargic, grumpy or depressed for more than 24 hours. A pig may also over indulge on a salt lick, though most will not, so it is ill advised to put one where a pig can access it. It is far better, less expensive and safer to spay a small, healthy, young pig than a large sick pig!
The History of Guinea Pigs
In the beginning…. The common guinea pig was first domesticated as early as 5000 BC for food by tribes in the Andes region of South America,some thousands of years after the domestication of the South American camelids. 500 BC to 500 AD that depict guinea pigs have been unearthed in archaeological. People of ancient Peru worshipped animals and often depicted the guinea pig in their art. In 1532, selective breeding resulted in many varieties of domestic guinea pigs, which form the basis for some of the modern domestic breeds. Traditions involving guinea pigs are numerous; they are exchanged as gifts, used in customary social and religious ceremonies, and frequently referenced in spoken metaphors. Black guinea pigs are considered especially useful for diagnoses. Among the upper classes and royalty, including Queen Elizabeth I. The earliest known written account of the guinea pig dates from 1547, in a description of the animal from Santo Domingo. The guinea pig was first described in the West in 1554 by the Swiss. Guinea Pigs are also known as “Cavies” from the latin “Cavia Porcellus” meaning little pig. Imagine 16th century explorers arriving in south america and coming across Guinea Pigs, i am sure they would have been fascinated by their vocal language. This is an amazing glimpse into the past and confirms the Guinea Pigs arrival in Great Britain and the start of their journey to become one of the nations favourite pets. There are several thoughts on the origin of the term Guinea Pig.It is possible they may have been sold for a “Guinea” hence the name and the pig, well from their lovely squeaks and appetite !! However, this has been disputed due to the fact the the introduction of Guinea Pigs preceeded the guinea currency. Trade routes at that time also involved stop overs at various ports, and guinea in Africa may well have played a part in their distribution to europe. A Guinea Pig skeleton has been discovered in an Elizabethan mansion in Surrey dating from the 16th century. Coming soon Beatrix Potter and her love for Guinea Pigs ……………..
Guinea Pig or Cavy Vets
Find a Qualified Guinea Pig Vet BEFORE You Need One.This is HUGELY important to the life and health of your guinea pig! If you are really lucky, you may never have to go hysterically rushing to a vet with a sick guinea pig. Many vets and many after hours clinics will NOT SEE GUINEA PIGS-even in an emergency! And you really want to make sure you are going to one that is as experienced with cavies as possible. At Cavy Spirit, we recommend taking your new guinea pig to the vet for a wellness check so that the vet has a baseline for the future. For great advice on how to find a good guinea pig vet and links to sites that list some vets, please visit Guinea Lynx’ How to Find a Veterinarian. The rabbit people have a some good suggestions for care, vets, and finding vets. While it is not a guarantee, it is highly likely that a rabbit vet or clinic will also see guinea pigs. Important legal disclaimer: It is your responsibility to verify that the vet in question is still practicing, licensed and competent in the treatment of guinea pigs. Feel free to email us with comments or suggestions of additional vets. Dr. Curt NakamuraAdobe Animal Hospital396 First StreetLos Altos, CA650-948-9661If Dr. Nakamura is not available, they usually have other exotic vets available. They give our rescue a $25 referral credit and it helps us pay for our very ongoing vet bills for cavies in need! Thanks. From a cavy person: “Dr. Alex Herman has taken care of several of our pigs. I highly recommend her and several other vets I use all recommend her. Many of them who knew her at UC Davis all comment she was always the one who liked to attend to exotics. Every guinea pig problem I have had has always been immediately diagnosed by her very quickly. She is also great with birds!”. We have heard of All Pets being recommended by other vets as well for guinea pigs. Call ahead to see if they have an exotic vet on duty. This clinic was recommended to us by Sharlene Scheffer, a registered vet tech and a guinea pig rescue person in Hayward. He is a staff vet at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the founder of his clinic.