Genesis Extruded Guinea Pig Food
Guinea pigs are simple-stomached herbivores with nutritional considerations much like that of the rabbit and rat. Genesis Extruded Guinea Pig Food is a complete food fortified based on fresh vegetative ingredients, fortified with essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamin C and other essential vitamins and minerals all in a convenient effective extruded croquette. The guinea pig was first enlisted in Lavoisier’s experiments on the essentiality of oxygen in the late 1700’s, and Koch’s “Germ theory” in the late 1800’s. It’s pretty ironic that with such a blue-ribbon pedigree in research the guinea pig’s nutritional requirements have yet to be fully determined. The guinea pig has a long record of domestication where it was originally produced for food. The guinea pig is a fastidious eater, and will consume numerous small meals throughout the day. Guinea pigs are strict herbivores and thrive on vegetative matter. The guinea pig has a large semi-circular cecum with lateral pouches – similar to a rabbit. Abundant fermentation occurs in the cecum and coupled with copraphgy supplies the guinea pig with a supply of B vitamins and essential amino acids. As noted previously the dietary guidelines used for the rat, mouse, and rabbit are generally sufficient for guinea pig nutritional considerations. The guinea pig does have a unique need for elevated dietary Vitamin C levels to promote collagen synthesis, wound healing, and bone growth. The guinea pig also has an elevated requirement for vitamin A which can in part be supported by B-carotene. The Genesis Extruded Guinea Pig Food is produced with special attention to supporting the nutritional requirements of the guinea pig throughout all life stages. As noted above, this diet possesses sufficient vegetative fiber sources, probiotics, and prebiotics to promote good cecal fermentation, and adequate vitamin C to meet the unique needs of the guinea pig. This method of food delivery also assures that the guinea pig has adequate hard-fibrous food to support healthy tooth wear, and to encapsulate all the essential nutrients in every morsel.
Guinea Pig Care
While this is not intended to be a care list, we would like to share some of the common mistakes, misconceptions, and lack of information people have about cavy care and cavy management. Please see Guinea Pig Cages for lots of great cage info and proper size requirements. 3 No Hay or Hay as a Treat ONLY or Wrong HayNot giving guinea pigs unlimited Timothy Hay around the clock is a big mistake. Many people don’t seem to know that guinea pigs NEED hay. Many people buy the hay they find at the pet store, the most commonly found packaged hay is Alfalfa hay. Alfalfa hay has too much calcium and other nutrients which can cause bladder stones in guinea pigs. Guinea pig nails need to be trimmed about once every 4-6 weeks. DO NOT USE the vitamin drops in the water! The only supplement a healthy cavy needs is Vitamin C. The vitamin drops that you buy at the pet store contain additional vitamins and minerals which can potentially be toxic to them. Vitamin C deteriorates rapidly in WATER and in LIGHT. Cavies drink varying amounts of water. Adult cavies need 30-50 mg per day of C. The drops make the water taste bad, thereby discouraging many cavies from drinking water–not good! Suggested Vitamin C supplementing:Your healthy cavy shouldn’t need additional Vitamin C supplements IF your cavy is getting proper fresh greens and some fruits and high quality, fresh guinea pig pellets on a daily basis. You should not give your cavy a diet high in fruits to ensure they get adequate vitamin C. To supplement, get the chewable ‘Vitamin C only’ tablets for adults or children. 8 If I get two guinea pigs, they won’t bond with me!Guinea pigs are a social, herd animal and normally do much better, and are healthier and happier in pairs or trios. 99 Buying a Pig in Pet StoreDo you have any idea how many people come to our rescue with stories of unknowingly buying sick guinea pigs from pet stores only to have them die a week later? Quite a few. For information, please see either the Adopting or the Surrendering page on finding a guinea pig to adopt.
Sustainable Swine Resources
The global medical industry is one of the world’s fastest growing industries absorbing over 10% of the gross domestic product of most developed countries. The United States has one of the largest medical and healthcare industries in the world. It is comprised of sectors such as medical equipment and supplies, pharmaceutical healthcare services, biotechnology and alternative medicines. Two very important sectors that co-products from the pig are used in are pharmaceutical and medical devices. Pharmaceuticals rank second only to meat itself in the important contributions pigs make to society. Up until recently, we depended primarily on pigs as a source of many of our vital medical products, and in many cases we still do. Rapidly advancing science and technology are continually adding to the list of life supporting and lifesaving products derived from the incredible pig. Co-products such as pancreas, stomach lining and small intestine can be used in the manufacture of finished products such as Insulin, Heparin and Pepsin within the pharmaceutical sector. The medical device manufacturing sector is a highly diversified industry that produces a range of products designed to diagnose and treat patients in healthcare systems worldwide. The United States medical device industry is known for producing high quality products using advanced technology resulting from significant investment in research and development. Heart valves can be used for replacement surgeries in human beings. Tissues from the pig such as the submucosa of the small intestine and pericardia can be used for general surgery applications within the human body to repair wounds. Co-products from pigs play a vital, though less visible, role in maintaining and improving the quality of human life. Thanks to innovative research and new technologies, new and different co-products from pigs are constantly being developed. Did you know…. Various tissues from the pig are further processed to create a finished product that is used for wound closure applications throughout the human body.