Texas Animal Health Commission
Swine brucellosis is caused by the bacteria Brucella suis, and is closely related to Brucella abortus, which causes brucellosis in cattle. Texas is currently considered Swine Brucellosis free for large “Commercial” herds, although infection continues to be found at times in smaller backyard herds. In these instances, infection is usually the result of exposure to feral swine. Swine Brucellosis is known to be prevalent in Texas’s feral swine population. Swine Brucellosis is a reportable disease to the Texas Animal Health Commission. Pseudorabies is a highly contagious, economically significant disease found in swine. Feral swine are considered a natural reservoir in Texas, and may be asymptomatic. PEDv is an emerging viral disease of concern to the U.S. swine industry causing severe diarrhea and high mortality in young pigs. It is not anticipated to be a disease of regulatory concern at this time, but state and federal animal health officials are assisting the swine industry with the epidemiological investigations and outreach about the disease. There is no known treatment so an emphasis on establishing strong biosecurity measures is critical to minimize further spread. Feral Swine. An Approved Holding Facility for feral swine is a pen or pens approved by the TAHC to temporarily hold feral swine pending movement to a recognized slaughter facility or an authorized hunting preserve. Feral swine can be legally moved only from the premises where trapped to either an approved holding facility, a recognized slaughter facility, or an authorized hunting preserve. Purchase of Feral Swine Approved feral swine holding facilities may purchase trapped feral swine. Active Feral Swine Facilities Find a feral swine facility near you. View the list of approved feral swine holding facilities that have agreed to publish their contact information.
Guinea Pig Vet Akron, Guinea Pig Veterinarian Barberton & Wadsworth OH
Guinea Pigs are social, adorable pets that make wonderful companions. Guinea pigs cannot manufacture Vitamin C like other animals, so it’s up to you to make sure they get this nutrient in their daily diet. Guinea pigs hide signs of illness, so it’s important to look for changes in behavior such as sneezing, runny nose, coughing, diarrhea, eating or drinking less, lethargy, and scratching. As part of your pets wellness examination, we’ll consult with you about your concerns and discuss specific needs of your guinea pig such as diet. Guinea Pigs are prone to parasites such as mites that can cause discomfort or illness. Many of the common health problems we routinely see in guinea pigs, such as dental and gastrointestinal ailments, can be prevented by feeding an appropriate diet. Guinea pigs cannot produce Vitamin C themselves, and need a certain balanced diet to keep them energetic and healthy. Guinea pigs teeth continue to grow throughout their lives. Any small problems can therefore become major ones as they grow over time. We can determine if your guinea pig has a dental problem, correct it, and take steps to prevent a recurrence. If your pet is injured or ill, rest assured that we have the tools necessary to diagnose the problem and offer state-of-the-art treatment. From blood testing and radiographs to ultrasound and endoscopy, we have the means to track down your pets’ problems. Once the problem is uncovered we have the expertise, equipment, and the years of experience needed to provide the therapy or surgical procedures required to help our patients. Metro is located at 1053 S. Cleveland-Massilon Rd. in Copley and is there to assist with any of our client’s problems. Metro’s staff doctors rotate through our clinic on a regular basis to assure that they are comfortable addressing the problems of our bird and exotic owning clients.
Can you give me some advice on caring for my guinea pigs?
Guinea Pigs are a species of rodent native to the South American Andes. It does not cover every aspect of guinea pig care and we strongly advise that you seek further information to ensure the health and welfare of the animals in your care. Guinea pigs are a social species and are happiest when kept with other guinea pigs. Male guinea pigs are more likely to tolerate one another without fighting if they are introduced at a young age. Guinea pigs require plenty of space to exercise – the more the better. Guinea pigs are very susceptible to heat stress – always ensure the area they are kept in is well-ventilated, provides adequate shade and does not become hot. Guinea pigs require a dietary source of Vitamin C. This is usually supplied sufficiently by the fresh leafy green vegetables however it is safer to supplement this with small quantities of vitamin C rich foods such as citrus or kiwi fruit. Daily grooming is essential for long-haired guinea pigs to help keep their coat in good condition. During grooming take the opportunity to check your guinea pig’s health and to ensure that it is free from external parasites. Also check the length of your guinea pigs’ toenails and, if found to be overlong, have them clipped by a veterinarian or someone experienced in clipping. Daily handling and grooming is important in building your guinea pigs’ confidence and for developing friendly and social guinea pigs. Most of the common health problems seen in pet guinea pigs are preventable by good husbandry and feeding practices. Guinea pigs may be susceptible to respiratory infections, usually due to poor housing conditions. Guinea pigs, like most pets, are also susceptible to fleas. Guinea pigs may also suffer from mite infestation – which cause intense itchiness, hair loss and discomfort but fortunately mites are easily treatable by your vet.