The Aging Pot-Bellied Pig
Eyesight on the normal pig is considered very poor, and as the pig ages it appears to become even more poor. The geriatric pig may have more problems with urination and bowel movement. The older the pig the more of a problem it can become. In severe cases the pig will refuse to eat and appears to be in pain showing a tenderness in the stomach area, crabby and irritable, much like a human with its problems. Not only is exercise good for the pig in general, but it also encourages the pigs body to lose the waste material. In the older pig the more frequently that they can go the better off they are. The more time that they are given the chance to do their business, the less problem we are going to have with the pig in respect to the bowels and urinary tract. As the pig gains years he also has the potential to lose teeth and to develop sores on the gum line. One can only assume that we all know that ISO Fluorine gas is the choice when it comes to our pigs having surgery or any of the other pig related things done that require them to be asleep. We never give an older pig a tranquilizer by injection prior to the use of the gas. We use the above formula and after the pig is asleep we use the Jugular, the same place most of you use for blood testing, and administer the pheno barb solution. There have been many cases of giving the pig the injection directly into the heart without the pig being asleep first.
Himalayan Guinea Pig
There are several guinea pig breeds to choose from, with the American Guinea being the most common. Today, we’ll look at a lesser-known variety: the Himalayan Guinea Pig. Originally from Southeast Asia, the Himalayan Guinea Pig is a unique and adorable breed. Himalayan Guinea Pigs are average in size, typically ranging from 8 to 12 inches when fully grown. Himalayan Guinea Pigs are considered an albino breed, however they do develop some color pigments in certain areas. Himalayan Guineas typically get along well with other guinea pigs, but there is always some risk that they will become territorial. Himalayan Guinea Pigs are generally healthy animals if cared for properly. Considered the most common guinea pig health concern, most breeds of guinea pigs are prone to pneumonia and other respiratory infections. In addition to these issues that are common in all types of guinea pigs, Himalayan Guinea Pigs are uniquely susceptible to issues relating to weather changes. Himalayan Guinea Pigs have an average lifespan of 5 to 7 years, when cared for properly. Himalayan Guinea Pigs are more common than you might think, but they can still be difficult to find in some regions. If you do find a local Himalayan Guinea Pig breeder in your area, be sure to ask them about their experience with breeding, the health of the pig’s parents, and if the breeder conducted any sort of health tests on the animals.
Common Guinea Pig Health Problems
Flystrike is a potentially fatal condition which occurs when flies lay their eggs around a guinea pig’s anus. Symptoms to look out for include eggs and maggots around a guinea pig’s anus, wounds and skin loss. Pets suffering from obesity, dental problems, diarrhoea, arthritis and skin wounds are at high risk of flystrike as flies are attracted to guinea pigs suffering from dirty bottoms or wet fur. Guinea pigs living in dirty hutches are also susceptible, as flies like damp and smelly conditions. Guinea pigs with flystrike are often given antibiotics to help prevent infection and some vets also use anti-parasitic products to try and penetrate the skin and kill any remaining maggots. There are several different species of mites, however the most common one to affect guinea pigs is Trixacarus caviae, which causes mange. A variety of treatments are available to help treat guinea pigs infested with mites. Guinea pigs with ringworm will have circular, hairless, sore spots. You may notice your guinea pig scratching excessively, biting, suffering hair loss, and in a worse case scenario, suffering seizures. If you think your guinea pig is suffering from mange, take him to the vet immediately. Guinea pigs are unique in that they can’t produce Vitamin C themselves and are reliant on Vitamin C in their diet. To help prevent Vitamin C deficiency always feed your pet a complete food for guinea pigs.
Health Care Articles and Information on Potbellied Pigs
Pot Bellied Pig Health and Information ArticlesJust a few of the articles Phyllis has written on the care and well being of Potbellied Pigs. Pig Picture GalleryLOTS of pictures of pigs that call Pig Pals Sanctuary home. The Pot Bellied Pig Health and Information page is a constantly growing work. The information presented here is the result of many years of living and taking care of potbelly pigs. The Importance of Your Pig Chow – Why we feel pig chow should be the mainstay of your pig(s) diet. Neutering A Potbellied Pig – This is a highly technical article, meant for vets, on the procedure for neutering a pot-bellied pig. The Orphan Piglet: Baby Pig Care – Includes information on temperature needs, housing, what to feed, how to feed, how to avoid diarrhea and more. Points To Ponder – Covers various health related problems for pigs including constipation and blockages, cancer, pyometria, dehydration, fever, giving IV’s and more. Salt Poisoning / Water Deprivation – Yes, pigs are very susceptible to salt poisoning. Things Of Interest – An article dealing with the spread of cancers and pyometria in pet pigs. Weight: How To Weigh Your Pig Without a Scale – This formula will give you your pigs weight to within 3% of actual without using a scale or picking the pig up. Winter Health Reminder – Tips to help you avoid pig health problems during the cold and wet months of the year.