It is important to keep a record of your guinea pigs weight so that at times when they are not well you can tell if they have lost weight. In particular long haired guinea pigs can be difficult to notice until weight loss has really progressed – so always weigh them. Once you recognise that your piggie has lost weight – you will need to establish why. Offer your guinea pig some tasty items such as long stems of fresh grass – all piggies love this. Has your guinea pig been eating – have you seen your piggie eat? Has food been left in the cage? It is possible that one piggie is eating all the food while the unwell piggie does not want to eat. Guinea pigs with teeth issues look like they race straight for their food and even start to eat. If you watch how they eat in comparison to your other piggies, you may notice the food goes very slowly into the mouth, or often they will look like they start but in fact then give up and walk away. Your guinea pig may be sick, in which case, look at the other tabs in this structure to see if any of the other points raised may apply. Put your ear against the chest wall of your guinea pig to listen to clear breathing or a raspiness that may indicate infection. Also observe your guinea pig carefully to see that the breathing is even and regular. Is your guinea pig moving about as normal? Are they behaving in the same way? Have they had a fall or injury recently? Do they make high pitched sqeaks if you touch them in a particular area? Depending on the outcome, your guinea pig will need treatment by a vet and then careful attention after. It is possible that your piggie may have an obstruction in the throat area preventing them from eating. The vet should be able to confirm these by a thorough examination and depending on which problem, the treatment will be different. You will need to look at carefully managing your guinea pig following the vet treatment and this will most likely include hand feeding.
4 Proper Pig Nutrition Factors to Keep in Mind If You Want to Raise Healthy Pigs and Avoid Fatality
Proper pig nutrition is essential to make sure that your pigs remain healthy. While you might think that you can create pig feed by slopping table scraps and vegetables that have gone bad into a bucket, this would result in unhealthy pigs that may not achieve their full growth potential. So you need to invest in the right commercial feed that has the proper mixture of nutrients. To ensure optimum pig nutrition, make sure that the feed you buy contains a lot of corn and is low in cellulose while having the proper proportion of nutrients appropriate for their level of development. You should feed your pigs no more than 6 pounds of food a day; otherwise they will become too fat. Keep in mind that pigs should not eat meat, so you should also provide protein supplements with their feed. There are three types of feed available that are given to pigs at various stages of development to ensure proper pig nutrition. Starter feeds are given to weaning piglets weighing 10-20 kg until they reach a weight of 30 to 35 kg. Grower feed is given to mature pigs to ensure they reach the proper weight of around 60 kg. Finisher feeds are then given to pigs to prepare them for market or butchering; the feed is given until they reach a weight of 80 to 90 kg. When you are readying a pig for market, make sure that any antibiotics included in the feed are removed at least two weeks before. Allow a transition period of one week when you are shifting from one type of feed to another in order not to upset the pigs’ normal feeding behavior. Providing plenty of water is also essential for proper pig nutrition, since they need plenty of water to stay healthy. Finally, when a pig is lactating, make sure to feed them as much as possible to ensure full pig nutrition and prevent the sow from getting too skinny, which would adversely affect the health of future liters. Make sure to feed her balanced lactation ration, given twice a day to get them to eat large amounts.
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