Salmonella outbreak linked to guinea pigs
A continuing investigation by the CDC, several states and the US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has found evidence that contact with pet guinea pigs is the likely source of the salmonella outbreak. The CDC said in Tuesday’s announcement that this outbreak is a reminder that pet rodents such as guinea pigs can carry Salmonella bacteria even when they look healthy and clean, regardless of where they are purchased or adopted. Rodents are not recommended as pets for children younger than 5, pregnant women, elderly adults or people with weakened immune systems, because these groups are at greater risk for serious illness. Pet rodents should not be kept in child care centers, schools or other facilities with children younger than 5. Always wash your hands after touching, feeding or caring for pet rodents or cleaning their habitats. Do not kiss, nuzzle or hold pet rodents close to your face. Never eat, drink or smoke while playing with or caring for your pet rodent. Keep pet rodents, food and water bowls, and other supplies out of the kitchen or other areas where food is prepared, served or consumed. Tell your health care provider that you have been around pet rodents, whether at home or away from the home, especially if you are sick or have been bitten or scratched. Some germs carried by rodents can cause serious and life-threatening illness. Do not release unwanted pet rodents into the wild. Many pet retailers, pet stores, local animal shelters, zoos or animal rescues accept unwanted pets.
Journal of Swine Health and Production
The Journal of Swine Health & Production is an open-access and peer-reviewed journal published by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians since 1993. The aim of the journal is the timely publication of peer-reviewed papers with a scope that encompasses the many domains of applied swine health and production, including the diagnosis, treatment, management, prevention and eradication of swine diseases, welfare & behavior, nutrition, public health, epidemiology, food safety, biosecurity, pharmaceuticals, antimicrobial use and resistance, reproduction, growth, systems flow, economics, and facility design. The journal provides a platform for researchers, veterinary practitioners, academics, and students to share their work with an international audience. The journal publishes information that contains an applied and practical focus and presents scientific information that is accessible to the busy veterinary practitioner as well as to the research and academic community. Manuscripts with an applied focus are considered for publication, and the journal publishes original research, brief communications, case reports/series, literature reviews, commentaries, diagnostic notes, production tools, and practice tips. All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Swine Health & Production are peer-reviewed. An open-access, Online Edition of the full text of the Journal of Swine Health & Production is freely available and searchable. Subscriptions for print copies are available and are also a benefit of AASV membership.
We Pigs News for 03-09-2018
These recommendations are aimed at all breeders and users of laboratory mice, rats, Syrian hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits as well as diagnostic laboratories. All guinea pigs can receive accidental injuries whether it’s from a fall or altercations with other pets including their fellow guinea pig mates. Guinea pigs should always have fresh water, a clean supply of grass hay, fresh vegetables and a quality supply of food designed for guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are social animals but when they are stressed or overcrowded hair barbering will occur. Guinea pigs are fantastic breeders so all pet guinea pigs should be desexed to reduce overpopulation. While guinea pigs do have a higher anaesthetic complication rate compared to other species it is better to perform this in a healthy pig as a routine procedure. Pet Guinea pigs are frequently fed poor quality diets composed largely of pellets or chopped museli mixes which in contribute to a range of health issues including dental problems and obesity. For proper teeth wear Guinea pigs need to be fed lots of grass hay, fresh grass and a selection of other fresh veggies and leafy greens. Performing dental work in a guinea pigs mouth is difficult due to the small mouth opening. Like us humans, guinea pigs require vitamin C in their diet. Bacterial respiratory infections sometimes accompanied by middle ear infections can affect guinea pigs. All guinea pigs should have an annual wellness exam to assess there dental health and detect health problems early before they become severe.
Your Guinea Pig’s Home
Follow the minimum cage size standards of.7 or 1 square meter and you will see your own guinea pig’s behavior improve significantly. Babies, very young or very small guinea pigs, and pregnant mothers require some temporary additional height on the sides of the cage. Any wire hay rack should be used with caution with very small guinea pigs. Read some of the Testimonials here and surf through the many internet guinea pig forums, lists and groups with unending positive results demonstrating improved health and well-being of guinea pigs everywhere. The health benefit of exercise for guinea pigs is significant. Like humans, overweight guinea pigs have a higher tendency toward health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, bladder infections, respiratory problems, bumblefoot, and more. A large cage with ample room for exercise can help keep your guinea pig toned and fit. Even if you provide an ample amount of floor time every day, your guinea pigs need to be able to exercise and explore on their own body clocks. Like people, guinea pigs get bored living in the same old small cage hour after hour, day after day, year after year with nothing much to do. If you have two or more non-breeding or same-sex guinea pigs, it helps keep them happy with each other if they have enough room to run and play and to get away from each other when they choose. An easier to clean cage for you means you’ll love your guinea pigs that much more over the years. Happy guinea pigs are more entertaining and well-adjusted guinea pigs.