Impact of flooring on the health and welfare of pigs
HOUSING for pigs reared for meat has been revolutionised over the past 50 years, and modifications in flooring have been a key component of this change. While the introduction of slatted floors that do not require manual removal of soiled bedding and dung has reduced labour requirements and production costs, solid floors are still in use on some commercial farms in Britain, particularly in older or converted buildings, and are more common in Britain than in other European pig-producing countries. Floors in pig housing can impact on the health and welfare of pigs by affecting an animal’s opportunity to engage in normal behaviour and increasing the risk of infectious disease and physical damage due to contact with the floor. This article highlights the impact of floor types on the prevalence of foot, limb and body lesions, and lameness in pigs, and provides typical examples of the pathology of some lesions.
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High standards of pig health and welfare throughout production help to protect food safety and public health at the abattoir. Maintaining these standards, along with traceability, help to build trust in pig meat products with the consumer. Public health and food safety within the pig sector is of high importance. The current approach to maintaining public health is mainly through a risk management approach. Risk reduction strategies for the control of zoonoses are applied throughout the pig meat production chain.
The Pig Health and Welfare Council Surveillance Subgroup Exotic and Emerging Diseases Roundtable in April 2014 developed a series of recommendations to strengthen the UK pig industry’s defences against the introduction of new and notifiable diseases and to improve preparedness to identify quickly, contain and eliminate new disease agents.
Kaytee Fiesta Guinea Pig Food
Kaytee Fiesta Guinea Pig food is a nutritionally fortified gourmet diet made of a premium blend of fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains offering maximum variety, fun and nutrition for small animals. Fiesta contains prebiotics and probiotics to support digestive health and is formulated with your small animal species in mind. Kaytee understands that sharing your life with a pet bird is not only enjoyable but very enriching. Kaytee shows our love by ensuring we provide your pet with the best nutrition for a long and healthy life. With over 150 years of nutritional experience, it’s no wonder why Kaytee is at the heart of every healthy feeding routine.
Shapes and textures support dental health through natural chewing activity. Prebiotics and probiotics to support digestive health. Assorted fruits and veggies for added enrichment and variety.
Organic Herbal Treats for Chinchillas, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Degus
Domestic herbivores do not have access to the herbs that are natural part of their diet in the wild. Commercial diets lack some important trace elements that are crucial for rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla, degu well being. We all know that pellets have added vitamins from synthetic / inorganic sources are not easily absorbed and digested by the body. That’s why in addition to various hays it’s important to supplement your herbivore with organic herbs that are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty and amino acids, flavonoids from organic easily absorbed sources. Our organic treats and supplements give your fuzzy a chance to experience the diversity of nature’s flavors and provide lots of environmental enrichment.
Our products can be offered as part of regular diet or as a special treat!
I am concerned about my guinea pigs health?
Question by Kevin K: I am concerned about my guinea pigs health. I got him about 2 months ago at the pet store, and I just started to try to bond with him, but recently he started shedding a lot. I also noticed that he was twisting and turning on his side and then he pooped. I think he has mites because when I touch near his behind he kicks, and also it is partly discolored over there. Answer by Julie GHe could have mites, Guinea Pigs frequently get them.
You should bring him to a veterinarian that sees rodents. The exam & any medications or testing needed could cost between $ 50-$ 90 or more, depending on where you take him, but it’s better then letting him suffer, and getting mites yourself.