‘G-Force’ likely to put guinea pigs atop pet list
After the movie comes out animal activists say it will be real life guinea pigs who need rescuing. Some guinea pig rescue groups have already posted pleas to those who might rush out to buy the furry little rodents. Past movie pets attest to trend It’s happened before. In real life, guinea pigs are noisy, eat and poop all the time, require big and clean cages, don’t swim and can be expensive to care for if they get sick, she said, adding that they should be kept out of the hands of young children. Guinea pigs actually rather fragile A guinea pig can scare or startle easily and if a child doesn’t have a good hold, it will run off.
She is worried about the big plastic balls used in the movie and sold in pet stores. She has already been asked if she has a guinea pig that looks like one of the agents. About 795,000 homes have guinea pigs as pets, according to the American Pet Products Association, based in Greenwich, Conn. Volunteers from most guinea pig rescue groups will beef up opening weekend public education programs in an effort to prevent impulse buys, said Susan Lee, director and CEO of the Costa Mesa group. Jan Davidson, founder of Deerbrook Guinea Pig and Rabbit Haven in Oakhurst, said other rescue workers have been asking her what to do.
Disney is aware of the power of the movies and works to promote a strong pet responsibility message, a studio spokeswoman said. Potsus, who has four guinea pigs, hopes parents will fudge a little to protect the animals. Instead of delicate animals who can’t talk, shoot or travel through space, Davidson suggested an alternative for children who want to re-enact stunts with the movie’s stars: guinea pigs of the stuffed or plastic variety.
Pot-Bellied Pig Nutrition
Your pig’s diet begins with a good quality pig food formulated specifically for potbellied pigs. Some pigs can get fat on 2 cups of pig food a day and some will need much more to maintain a healthy body weight. Should you pig become ill and need surgery, ultra sound, radio-graphic examination are hindered, anesthesia is a high risk and the obese pig is at a much higher risk for post surgical complications. It is much better to provide your pet pig a good quality potbellied pig food such as Heartland, well-balanced diet of vegetables, and adequate grazing time than to supplement its diet with vitamins. Some human foods are not appropriate for the pet pig.
If a pig ingests too many acorns, over a period of time, the pig can exhibit a toxic reaction. On the other hand, some misinformed people believe feeding their pig a small amount of food each day will make their pig structurally smaller than other potbellies. To keep you pig in the best condition you must help to control your pig’s diet by providing it with the correct amount of a nutritionally sound food such as any of the Heartland Products. The exact amount of feed given to your pig is based on your pig’s body condition. Your adult pig is fed approximately 3 to 4 cups of pig food a day, split between two meals.
Elder-Aide GMHeartland has combined Elder-Aide, Glucosamine and MSM, three of the best pain relief remedies available for pet pigs today, and established the best over-all pet pig pain deliverance. In most cases a well balanced diet of a good potbellied pig food such as Heartland feeds and supplemental vegetables, with grazing time will provide your pig all the nutrition it needs.
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The average lifespan of potbellied pigs is approximately 10-15 years, with some pigs living into their 20s. The quality of care a pig receives throughout its life has a great influence on longevity. Senior pigs are a new phenomenon in this country since the first pot-bellied pigs were imported to the United States only about 25 years ago. Agricultural swine medicine contributes greatly to our understanding of health and disease in pet pigs. Much of what is recommend comes from literature on geriatric people, dogs, and cats, and your veterinarian’s own experienced with senior pigs.
Pigs’ teeth did not evolve to last as long as pet pigs today may live. Many senior pigs are quiet and inactive for a day or two after anesthesia. Non-steroidal anti inflammatory pain relieving medications are successfully used to reduce pain for many arthritic pigs. Blood testing should be performed at least twice a year in older pigs who are taking prescription pain medications. Overweight pigs are more prone to arthritis, heart disease, and many of the same problems that affect overweight and obese people.
A wellness exam should be scheduled for older pigs every six months to a year, and routine blood testing should be performed at least once a year to help catch problems early. Older pigs may be prone to developing tumors or cancer so any concerns should be reported to your veterinarian in a timely manner. Senior pigs must have their hooves inspected regularly and trimmed as needed.