Guinea Pig Welfare » Afterbirth
Twenty four hours can bring about a lot of changes after the birth of a litter of guinea pig pups. Pups may be born too quickly and the sow may not get the sacks off in time. The sack should be broken and and the pup rubbed in a towel or similar, sometimes these pups are dead on arrival, other times they die shortly after, or they may survive with a little help. Straining for too long could mean the sow is giving birth to a pup in the breech position, she should be helped to litter or it is likely both will die. Never pull the pup straight down, gently but firmly, twist the body until the pup is born.
Placentas may be born up to an hour after the birth, at random during the birth or after each pup is born. These pups should not be handled and handling of the sow should be kept to a minimum in order for her to bond with her pups. Lots of births are not witnessed and on finding the pups more questions about what is ‘normal’ arise. Ideally pups will be ‘ready to run’ soon after the birth, but sometimes there is a weaker pup or two that is more ‘wobbly’ than the others. Immediately after the birth sows will often look after their own needs first before gathering the pups around them to drink.
Sows are usually very hungry after giving birth and will settle down to eat after cleaning themselves and then will eventually get round to gathering the pups up. Supplementing pups should be done with caution and only in extreme cases where mum is feeding the other pups and perhaps leaving one out.
Guinea Pig Care Sheet
Whether you spent some time planning the purchase of your guinea pig or you acquired it on the spur of the moment, you’ve probably got lots of questions about how to take care of your furry new friend! Why not bookmark this guinea pig care sheet page so you can easily reference it for guidance on feeding and housing your guinea pig. It’s important to emphasize in this guinea pig care sheet that having access to hay 24/7 is vital for your pet! What your guinea pig really needs, all day and every day, is access to Timothy hay. Some people like to use fleece as guinea pig bedding, because it’s soft and warm for your guinea pig.
Having the right supplies, equipment and tools handy is a must for complete and ongoing guinea pig care. Baby Shampoo / Rabbit & Guinea Pig Shampoo – Every 3 months is a good time for a bathCritical Care Formula & Feeding syringe – This is fined grain fiber & nutrient mixture, essential for sick piggies. For any non-medical questions, feel free to ask a question on our Guinea pig care facebook page. No guinea pig care sheet would be complete without some discussion of how to feed your little fellow! Locate a vet who specialises in guinea pigs in your community as soon as you decide to buy a guinea pig.
Make sure to Like Our Facebook Page for weekly guinea pig care tips. With luck and consistent care, you could possibly have your pet for up to 7 years or if you are lucky, even longer! Wishing you a happy pet guinea pig.
OSU Extension Service: KBREC
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus is a relatively new swine virus, and has, until recently, been seen mostly east of us. It’s rapidly coming our way – diagnosed most recently in California. The State Veterinarian, the OSU Swine Specialist and OSU Veterinarians are working on the release of a fact sheet for our region; it should be out soon. In the immediate there are a few things you need to know. I have taken precautionary steps in regards to the importation of swine into the state.
Effective Monday February 10, the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection required for animals entering Oregon must contain the following statement from the issuing out-of-state veterinarian,. Here are some links to the California Pork Councils Fact Sheets to answer some basic questions about the virus. If you have questions, feel free to contact OSU Swine Specialist direct, his number is: 503-623-8395 or Email: gene. You must submit a completed Klamath County 4-H Swine Division Bill of Sale for your animal to the Extension Office no later than NOON May 30. Out-of-state pigs must a completed Certificate of Veterinary Inspection from the state of origin with your animal at spring weigh-in.
The Youth Market Livestock Loan was established to promote youth livestock projects that may otherwise be financially restrictive. The purpose is to provide an interest-free loan to be used towards purchasing a market quality animal to raise as a project.
Most Common Health Problems in Pet Guinea Pigs
Diarrhea in guinea pigs is caused mainly due to excess feeding of fruits and green vegetables, infections, and other intestinal complications. If the diarrhea is extremely watery, then take your guinea pig to the vet as soon as possible. These problems can culminate in to a fatal form of pneumonia it is advised not to house guinea pigs, rabbits, and dogs together. If you think that your pet guinea pig is suffering from respiratory infections, consult a vet immediately. Guinea pigs are susceptible to excess heat, and keeping them in an overly-heated room can prove to be fatal.
If your guinea pig is often exhibiting shallow and rapid breathing and a lack of energy, then wrap the animal in a cool towel and spray cool water on it at regular intervals. Generally, a female guinea pig breeds for the first time before she turns 8 months of age. If you are breeding guinea pigs, then make sure that you are not leaving it till too late; it can prove to be fatal to the guinea pig. Mange mites commonly lead to hair loss and persistent scratching in the pigs. Guinea pigs are strictly vegetarians, and vitamin C is an important constituent of their diet.
If the vitamin C intake subsides, the guinea pig will start suffering from weight loss, dehydration, diarrhea, difficulty in walking, nasal and eye discharge, and loss of energy. Thus, conduct a thorough research before you decide on adopting or buying a guinea pig as a pet.