Although Skinny Pigs do not differ very much than regular guinea pigs they do require a bit more care. If bleeding continues after a couple minutes you may want to call your local veternarian and have your pig evaluated so that no harm comes to your pig. Since Skinny Pigs do not have fur they get cold cold very easily. Your Skinny Pig could quickly contract a cold, or pnemonia from being cold. If the area where your skinny pig’s cage will be kept has a draft I deeply reccomend purchasing a small room heater. No guinea pig, let alone a skinny pig should be forced to live outside. If you want to take your guinea pig outdoors to get some fresh air, or as a treat you need to take a few easy precautions to ensure that you will not be accidently harming the health of your Skinny Pig.First of all, never leave your Skinny pig, or any other guinea pig for that matter outside alone. If you are taking your skinny pig outside be sure that the temperatures are from 70-75 degrees Farenheight as Skinny Pigs can get cold easier. So as long as you stay with your guinea pig, and ensure that it is the proper temperature for your pig you should do okay. Minor Cuts & Scrapes: Since Skinny Pigs do not have fur their skin is exposed. If you Skinny Pig does happen to get a cut or scrape and it bleeds execessively do not hesitate to take your guinea pig to the vet. Dry Skin: Some Skinny Pigs will develope dry skin patches. You can easily tell by looking at your Skinny Pig’s skin and if you notice areas of dry skin you will know that your guinea pig has a simple case of dry skin. Quickly put your Skinny Pig back in his or her’s cage so they can warm up. If you decide to take your Skinny Pig outdoors be sure to stay in the shade and to use a high SPF sunscreen.
Guide to Proper Feeding of Hog/Swine Part 1
Thus, close attention on proper feeding should be observed, particularly on the amount, type of feed given and the methods used to attain maximum growth and high feed efficiency. Proper feeding should be coupled with proper health care and management along with good environment to achieve the target of producing quality finishers. The shift from one ration to another should be done gradually in order not to upset the normal feeding behavior of the pigs. The growth performance of the pigs is not only affected by the quantity and quality of feed given but also by the methods of feeding. The three basic feeding methods for finishers are restricted feeding, ad libitum, and combination of ad libitum and restricted. The level of feeding can vary from restricted feeding to ad libutum level. In restricted feeding, the amount of feed given is controlled or limited to a certain amount just to satisfy the appetite of the pig. Restricted feeding is done through the use of a long feeding trough where all pigs eat at the same time. The length of the trough should be long enough to accommodate each fattener during feeding time. A good criterion for restricted feeding is that the trough should be empty after 15 or 20 minutes if given as a slop. The level of feeding is based on the growth rate of the pigs. Ad libitum feeding is feeding without restrictions and feed is mode available anytime. Dry feed should always be used for this feeding method. Fresh feed improves the feed intake and feed efficiency, thus self-feeders should be emptied and cleaned at least once a week to prevent microbial spoilage. Continuous supply of fresh and clean water is important in ad libitum feeding because water intake increases when this method is practiced.
Hygiene and Sanitation for keeping Pet Pigs Clean
Swine of any kind are actually very hygienic and clean animalsunlike the way they are commonly portrayed in the media. Pigswill designate a spot in which to leave their waste and keep itaway from where they commonly graze, drink or sleep. It is pretty common for swine to urinate in their pool orwallow. Why do they do this? Simple, if you are a wildpig you do not defecate or urinate where you commonly eat orsleep, otherwise predators can track you to where you live. It is a natural instinct to place waste where it canbe washed far away from you so as to protect yourself fromanimals that want to eat you. Instinct is very strong in swine and they will not usually make adistinction between their wading pool or a wallow with a naturalstream. That is why you will find droppings and urine in theirbath water. This doesn’t make them “Dirty.” And if you takeproper care of your pigs and rinse their pool frequently it willnever become a sanitary issue. If a pig begins todefecate or urinate in the bedding then that pig probably has ahealth problem. If your pig is kept on a strictly vegetarian diet you can use their droppings in yourcompost or vegetable garden much like manure from cows. It isactually a very good source of nutrition for your plants, anddoesn’t have a very bad odor. So unlike pet dogs or other livestock, a pig is actually a goodchoice if you have to keep your pet penned in your backyard. Youcan let your children in the back yard and not worry about themstepping in something so long as the children know where thepiggy’s waste area is. You can even pen the waste area away fromyour children. A pig makes a great and often very affectionatepet and will be with you a long time so long as you take propercare of it.