Compassion in World Farming
Pigs are highly intelligent, sociable animals with an amazing sense of smell. Where are pigs from? Pigs are believed to have been domesticated from wild boar as early as 9000 years ago. They were originally native to Europe and parts of Asia but have, over the centuries, been introduced to many parts of the world. Most pigs in the world today are farmed pigs, but some have become feral, having escaped from farms or been deliberately introduced into the wild for hunting. Some breeds of pig, such as the Asian pot-bellied pig, are kept as pets. Because of their foraging abilities, and an excellent sense of smell, pigs are used to hunt for truffles in some parts of Europe. In natural conditions, pigs live in small social groups, consisting of a few sows with their young. Pigs are naturally omnivorous and will eat both plants and small animals; they will forage for leaves, grass, roots, fruits and flowers. Pigs make nests to sleep in and dig out mud wallows when they need to cool down. This level of freedom to express their natural behaviour is not the experience of most pigs today. Around 1.4 billion pigs are slaughtered annually for meat worldwide. The majority of these are in East Asia, particularly China, which rears around half of the world’s pigs. The majority of pigs are reared for meat and a smaller number are kept for breeding. Whilst some pigs are kept free-range and in back yards in many developing countries, at least half of the world’s pig meat is produced from intensive systems. This shift away from traditional pig farming to large-scale intensive methods has resulted in significant concerns for the welfare of millions of pigs throughout the world.
Teddy Guinea Pig Pictures and Information about Teddy Guinea Pigs –
Recently, Teddy guinea pigs have been getting more popular. The Teddy guinea pig has a rough coat that is much thicker and denser than the more common American guinea pig. If you are planning on showing your guinea pig, the wiry coats generally rank higher in the eyes and minds of the judges. One of the other significant features of the Teddy guinea pig is their noses. The name of the Teddy guinea pig comes from their resemblance to teddy bears and other toy animals. Putting a Teddy guinea pig next to a teddy bear will prove that they were nicely named. The Teddy guinea pig is a relatively new breed that was created because of a genetic mutation. Grooming Teddy guinea pigs is pretty easy because they don’t require daily care like some breeds that have longer hair. One important thing to note about a Teddy guinea pig is that it has drier skin than other guinea pig breeds, which means that you should give them an absolute maximum of 3 baths per year to prevent them from their skin drying out more. Guinea pigs in general don’t typically need baths, so they should only be bathed when absolutely necessary, and a special medicated shampoo from the vet should be used. Teddy guinea pigs also have a tendency to build up excessive earwax. When it comes to feeding, guinea pig cage set up, exercise, and vitamin C, everything else is the same for the Teddy guinea pigs as other breeds. With all guinea pigs, vitamin C supplements are extremely important since they don’t make their own but need it. Teddy guinea pigs are cute, curious, and amazing companions for any person that is looking to bring a guinea pig into their life. Want to see some more pictures of Teddy guinea pigs?
Health Problems with Guinea Pigs
If the parasite infection and itchiness are intense enough, guinea pigs can suffer from seizures. More commonly the signs are not so severe to cause seizures but guinea pigs do tend to break their skin while itching and a secondary bacterial infection occurs. These sores often occur from overweight guinea pigs or vitamin C deficient pigs housed on inappropriate bedding. Strong smelling wood shavings contain oils that predispose guinea pigs to respiratory disease. Guinea pigs should never be housed with rabbits for a number of reasons, one of which is that rabbits can carry Bordetella and not show signs of illness. Guinea pigs can develop stones in their bladder or along the urinary tract. We do not recommend that spinach, broccoli or alfalfa hay* be fed to guinea pigs. Please see our care sheets for guinea pig diet suggestions and healthy guinea pig veggie sheet for a discussion of appropriate foods for your pig. Many times, we see guinea pigs that are in GI stasis from dental issues or poor diets. Guinea pigs have teeth that grow throughout their lifetime. In guinea pigs, normally aligned molars act to wear each other down during the act of chewing. The best way for your guinea pig to wear his back teeth down is with his food, as the chew toys or wood blocks only will come in contact with the front incisors and not the back teeth where the most common problems arise. A guinea pig requires fresh pellets made specifically for guinea pigs. In our experience here at Chicago Exotics, we commonly see older guinea pigs with advanced heart disease. Guinea pigs can get ear infections that affect either the outer portion, the middle canal or the inner portion of the ear.