Guinea Pig Welfare » Satin Guinea Pigs
These pages are aimed at the pet owner considering buying a Satin Guinea Pig. Satin guinea pigs have a quite unique sheen to their coats as the name suggests. Unlike the normal healthy shine seen on a ‘matt’ guinea pig the Satin sheen is glassy almost and once seen is unmistakeable. Satin guinea pigs are found in all coat types, long, long and curly, Rex, Abyssinian, Smooth and in Europe there are even Satin hairless varieties. Some Satins are carriers of Osteodystrophy and will eventually become, to differing degrees, sufferers of it. Osteodystrophy is not curable though the life of the guinea pig may be extended if they are given painkillers, or if caught in the early stages and Calcium supplements are given. To determine which stage guinea is ‘at’ an x-ray would be needed. As with any condition the guinea pig should not be left to suffer and euthanasia may be the only option after a certain stage has been reached. Not all Satins die because of OD and not all are affected by it. Some breeders have noticed that Satin mums do not cope well with birthing and so they use Satin Carriers. Large and small guinea pigs suffer from the disease- size is not a factor. The jaw can also be affected causing problems eating for the guinea. Eventually guinea will be in too much pain to eat a normal diet. Some guinea pigs with OD may not go on to develop such severe symptoms. There is, as yet, no cure for Osteodystrophy in guinea pigs that does not have side effects.
Guinea Golden Years
As guinea pigs age they become very content with their routine and comfortable with each other and you. The key to helping your guinea pig live a long and healthy life is discovering problems early. It’s important to have an exotic vet that specializes in guinea pig care and, where possible, find a facility that has 24hr care if an emergency arises. Guinea pigs of all ages should have their weight checked regularly and seniors are no exception. Changes in your guinea pig’s appetite might occur. If your guinea pig loses weight or appears bloated, seek veterinary assistance and bring any documentation you have kept on your pet’s weight. Another question your vet might have concerns your guinea pig’s poop. There are prescriptions that can help ease your guinea pig’s discomfort. If you have a guinea pig with failing eyesight, it’s best to keep the cage layout consistent with each cleaning. A bath can create a stressful situation but you want to keep your senior guinea pig clean to detect anything unusual. Vitamin C can help your senior guinea pig fight off illness as they develop different needs. Pay close attention to your senior guinea pig if they lose a companion. Don’t avoid bringing your aging guinea pig to see the vet because you feel it’s their time to go. If you have a great idea for an article about guinea pigs, please let us know. Guinea Pig Today is a network of guinea pig lovers and we’re always looking for the next great story.
Natural Pig Farming
Disease is the most obvious sign of poor animal welfare. Controlling disease is high on the agenda in factory farms. This is because the system pigs are raised in creates huge health risks to the pigs being raised. Crowded and humid conditions encourage the spread of infectious diseases like pneumoniaAmmonia pollution and stress reduces the pigs immune system disease resistance capacityLess efficient excrement cleaning systems leave floor a breeding ground for bacteriaLack of pen space leads to pigs lying in their own filth and excrementMakes picking up illness more likelyCauses a higher level of urinary infections than deep bed or free range Hard and slatted floors make physical injuries and illness more likely – lameness is more frequent due to the hard unyielding surfaces pig are raised on factory farms. Pigs suffer higher levels of psychological problems due to deprivations inherent in factory farm system. As a result factory farms need to have strict bio security measures, must vaccinate their pigs against many known virus’s, and must routinely use antibiotics to try to keep the pigs healthy enough to survive in the high bacteria, high virus environment they are kept in. Natural pig farming in comparison has none of these problems. With fresh air, healthy deep floor bedding and sensible stocking density we raise stress-free, disease-free pigs. They are happy and healthy and thrive in the environment they live in.
Raising Pigs: Pig Health Care and Diseases
Pigs have a range of parasites and diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Pigs are also known to have a lot of parasitic ascarid worms in their digestive system. One of the most important things about raising pigs is maintaining the health of your pig. The first 2 or 3 weeks of life are critical, so you should check your pigs several times each day during this period. Strong appetites, body temperatures of 102.5° F, sleek hair coats, and tightly curled tails are all signs of a healthy pig. There will be many signs that your pig’s health is not doing good. If your pig has any of these signs, you should follow up to find out what may be wrong with your pig. If you think a pig is sick, take its rectal temperature. Hauling, vaccinating, introducing it to strange surroundings and strange pigs can scare or stress a new pig in a farm. When a pig is stressed, it is easier for it to get sick. It is important to minimize stress, especially when you first introduce your pig to a new environment. Some common diseases associated with stress are pneumonia, mad itch, and swine dysentery. Pigs can also get external parasites, such as lice and mange mites, and internal parasites which live inside the pig’s body. If your pig is sick, make sure you take care of it immediately and separate it from the rest of the pigs. There are many medications that can help cure your pig but only if you start early in treating the illness.