A Guide To Common Guinea Pig Health Problems
Guinea pigs are great pets, especially for families with children. Guinea pigs are also prone to a number of health problems. Read on to pinpoint the most common health problems exhibited by guinea pigs, along with the best treatment options for these issues. If you find a mass on your guinea pig, you should definitely bring him or her in to have it checked by the vet. Your vet will be able to determine the cause of the lump. Whether your pet has a tumor or an abscess, your vet can design the best course of treatment and will provide the right medications and advice. Because they are rodents, guinea pigs’ teeth grow continuously and can get too long if they are not given enough fibrous material to chew. Highly fibrous material will help your guinea pig’s teeth wear down properly. Some guinea pigs may have overly long teeth due to a genetic misalignment, which is called malocclusion. An exotic animal vet may also be able to trim your guinea pig’s teeth before they become problematic. Finally, one of the most common issues exhibited by guinea pigs is a mite infestation. If your animal doctor diagnoses a mite infestation, clean out the guinea pig’s hutch thoroughly, in addition to the provided treatment plan. When it comes to formulating a treatment plan for your guinea pig, start by having the contact information for an exotic animal vet on hand. The experts at LAMC are well versed in treating rodents and other exotic animals. We can perform a physical exam to discover the root cause of your guinea pig’s health problem, and help you decide on the next steps.
Raising one or more pigs to sell as market animals is probably one of the most common 4-H livestock projects. The words “Swine,” “Hogs,” and “Pigs” refer to animals of the porcine family or pig family. The term swine can also refer to the pig family in a general way, and “Pig” can be used in referencing young animals. Pigs are also referred to as growing pigs, and finishing pigs, weighing from 125 pounds to market weight-usually about 230 pounds. Why raising a pig is fun Raising a pig is fun because you get to interact with a somewhat large but usually gentle animal. We have met many wonderful friends through the project, and have taken some interesting field trips to learn more about pigs. Going to the fair is also fun-not only do you get to meet lots of other kids who have raised pigs, we have enjoyed the opportunity to share information about pigs with the many people who walk through the barns. Breeds of Pigs Eight major pig breeds are commonly used for breeding in the United States. Chester White: Solid white, these pigs have medium sized, droopy ears. These hogs are known for producing pigs with a high growth rate. Good quality feeder pigs should appear healthy, thrifty, vigorous, and alert. A healthy pig: Facts about Pigs It is important to maintain the health of your pig. The first 2 or 3 weeks are critical, so you should check your pigs several times each day during this period. Healthy pigs are active and alert with bright looks in their eyes. Hauling, vaccinating, introducing it to strange surroundings and strange pigs can scare or stress a pig.
Show Pig Health and Management Tips
First feed after purchase – Feed 20-30# per pig of a ration that contains a dewormer as well as an antibiotic for control of pneumonia. To supply the needs of today’s show pigs your feed not only needs to be high in protein and amino acids but also energy. This promotes optimum growth and bloom while still building the muscle it takes to compete in the show ring. For charts and a handy worksheet to help calculate your feed needs. Your animal’s performance will only be as good as the water that it drinks. This is easily one of the most overlooked areas when caring for your pig project. Check the feeder daily to ensure that old or moldy feed is not preventing your pig from eating. DO NOT expose white pigs to direct sunlight for an extended time. Beware of all withdraw times when using vaccines and/or medicated feed. Treat for internal and external parasites once a month. First, we need to discuss the showmanship work at home. Brushing, driving, and washing your project on a regular basis go a long way to getting your pig and you to understand and like each other. As you begin to think about showmanship while you’re at home, practice driving all of your pigs each day so that you can determine which of your pigs are the most docile. Finding your calmest and most cooperative pig at home does not insure that your pig will be calm on show day, but it does give you a better chance than waiting until show day to pick out your showmanship pig. By working these pigs each day, you’re building stamina, which can be a crucial deciding factor in the final drive.