Want to become a human guinea pig?
Oriez is one of thousands of Americans who volunteer their body and time to be a part of a scientific experiment. People who volunteer for these trials can be anyone from a healthy student who needs to make a little extra cash to a desperate cancer patient hoping an experimental drug really can help. Who really volunteers to become a proverbial human guinea pig? And exactly how safe are these trials? While the health ministry is still investigating what happened, five people were hospitalized and one volunteer died. All these volunteers started the study healthy and now some may leave with a permanent disability. That’s good news for people like volunteer Steve Reszka. The Buffalo, New York, resident has diabetes and high blood pressure and saw an ad asking for diabetes drug trial volunteers a couple of years ago. To be a volunteer, he sat for a couple of hours of preliminary tests. The tests themselves are designed to keep a volunteer informed about the risks. A trained professional walks the volunteer through instructions page by page and a volunteer signs off on each one. Gortler said it’s always been easy to recruit volunteers. Gortler is grateful for the volunteers, but he said he personally wouldn’t volunteer, particularly in an early-stage trial. If you are considering volunteering she suggests asking several questions: Why is the study being done? Who has approved the protocol? How will the progress of the study be monitored? If I do not participate in the study, what care will I receive? The Clinical Center Patients’ Bill of Rights which protects you when you volunteer also explains your rights. While the drug trial Steve Reszka was a part of didn’t work out, he said he still left the experience feeling good about what he did and he’d volunteer again.
Caring for Your Pet Guinea Pig
Guinea pigs are very social and often bonded with 1-2 other guinea pigs in pairs or trios. This is why is so important to have your guinea pig examined every 6 months by an experienced exotic animal veterinarian like us before they suffer and become too ill to be helped. If your guinea pig is exhibiting any of the symptoms described below, contact us immediately at 843-216-8387. If your guinea pig is not eating, his or her gastrointestinal system can go into stasis, a serious condition which may require extended hospitalization and treatment or even surgery to correct. Prompt, competent veterinary care is crucial to saving the life of a sick guinea pig. In order for your guinea pig to board with us we require an exam within the last year with a clean bill of health. Your guinea pig can have no changes in health since the last examination. Before your guinea pig is to undergo anesthesia and/or a surgical procedure make sure that your veterinarian is very familiar with this species. In general it is best to have your guinea pig examined by an experienced exotic animal veterinarian so he/she can determine if your guinea pig is suffering from this condition. Guinea pigs with respiratory disease exhibit runny eyes and nose, coughing, sneezing, weight loss, and difficulty breathing. Guinea pigs with these signs should be examined as soon as possible by an experienced exotic animal veterinarian such as us. Female guinea pigs are quite prone to reproductive disease. Male guinea pigs are also prone to reproductive disease. Skin diseases are very common in guinea pigs; mites, ringworm and sarcoptic mange are amongst the ones that we diagnose the most. Getting an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment plan will get your guinea pig feeling better a lot sooner.
Guinea pigs can learn complex paths to food, and can accurately remember a learned path for months. Guinea pigs tend to be shy, they like to know that they are safe, they will try and find cover where they feel safe or where they can’t see you. Guinea pigs can jump small obstacles, they cannot climb, and are not particularly agile. Larger groups of guinea pigs who startled will stampede. There are two different types of guinea pigs, wild guinea pigs and non wild guinea pigs. You usally find guinea pigs on patches of grass because they eat a lot of it. You should always have a supply of guinea pig food so they keep a healthy diet because guinea pig food has everything they need in it. Guinea pigs eat there own hay because hay is just dryed up grass and they eat grass. A constant supply of hay or other food is generally recommended, as guinea pigs feed continuously and may develop habits such as chewing on their own hair if food is not present. Guinea pigs love their cage because it’s a safe place and will rarly try to exscape from it even if you left the cage open. There are lots od different breeds of guinea pigs, these vary in hair and color composition. Common ailments in domestic guinea pigs include respiratory, infections, diarrhea, scurvy, abscesses due to infection, and infections by lice, mites or fungus, Guinea pigs are very good at hiding diseases. Foreign bodies, especially small pieces of hay or straw, can become lodged in the eyes of guinea pigs, resulting in excessive blinking, tearing, and in some cases an opaque film over the eye due to corneal ulcer. Guinea pigs used to be used mainly for food, they still eat guinea pig in some countrys but now people mainly keep them as pets. Peruvians ate an estimated 65 million guinea pigs each year.