Guinea Pigs Harbor a Hidden Health Hazard
The bacteria, Chlamydia caviae, normally causes pink eye in guinea pigs. Three adults in the Netherlands wound up hospitalized for pneumonia after contact with guinea pigs resulted in their infection with C. caviae. Dr. Steven Gordon, chair of infectious disease at the Cleveland Clinic, said the cases are a reminder to practice good hygiene around pets.
The two people who landed in the ICU had guinea pigs as pets, and those pets had been sick with respiratory symptoms. The man had two guinea pigs, while one of the women had 25, researchers said. The other woman worked in a veterinary clinic, where she cared for guinea pigs suffering from pink eye and nasal inflammation. Doctors detected Chlamydia bacteria in samples drawn from the patients and figured it was Chlamydia psittaci, a bacteria carried by birds that’s known to cause a form of pneumonia called psittacosis, Ramakers said. The analysis also matched the DNA of C.
caviae in one of the patients’ guinea pigs to the bacteria that had infected its owner. Not all guinea pigs carry C. caviae, but many likely do, Ramakers said. An earlier study found the bacteria’s DNA in 59 out of 123 guinea pigs with eye disease. Don’t give away your favorite pet guinea pig just yet, though.
People who want to protect themselves should get their guinea pigs treated by a vet if their pet appears ill, especially if it is suffering from pink eye or respiratory illness, Gordon said.
MRSA found in pigs in England
Government scientists have reported the first-ever cases of livestock-associated MRSA in pigs in England which could become a serious hazard for people. This is an incredibly worrying development and one which needs action now. Compassion is part of the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, which advocates a drastic reduction in antibiotic use on farms. Livestock-associated MRSA can transmit to humans, causing infections. Farmers and farm workers are most at risk and still account for the majority of cases.
In December, French, Swiss and Dutch scientists published genetic evidence that this is now happening. The scientists found that a subpopulation of livestock-associated MRSA has acquired new genes which appear to enable the bacteria to cause more infections in animals and to spread to and infect humans more easily. Unlike most European countries, the UK has refused to carry out any active MRSA surveillance of its pig and poultry, other than an EU-mandated survey of pigs in 2008. Defra’s inactivity on this issue for years has allowed this situation to develop. The current cases only came to light after an outbreak of skin disease affecting 60 piglets on a farm in eastern England.
Two piglets were tested by Defra scientists and both were MRSA positive.
Randy has been raising pigs and learning about genetics for as long as he can remember. He grew up on his family farm near Williamsburg, Iowa and was active in FFA and 4-H. Randy began his own farm in 1978 with just a few dozen pigs. Now his reputation of high-quality, healthy pigs, has commanded global appeal. With sales in the United States, Japan, and South Korea and visitors from China, Japan, Canada, and the Phillippines, Randy’s pigs’ genetics extend across the U.S.
and world. He raises several breeds but has a particular fondness for Chester Whites. Randy takes pride in being a one-man-show and is supportive of the local community, especially Iowa County 4-H and FFA. Over 75% of our customers are repeat customers and the majority of our sales are by word-of-mouth and peer recommendations. Randy farms in the Williamsburg area with his wife Becky.
He has three children and big supporter of the Iowa State Cyclones.
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What’s renal failure in guinea pigs?
Your kidneys act as a filter, removing toxins from your blood and then passing them along to your bladder, where they are excreted in urine. For humans, they can do dialysis, which is a mechanical stand in for the filtration your kidneys do. I seriously doubt that they do dialysis for guinea pigs, and if they did, the cost would be immense. I am sorry to say it, but it is, most likely, fatal. I have no idea if your pet has it, as I am not a vet.
If your guinea pig has it, I would imagine your vet will either suggest medication, or putting her to sleep. Only he or she can tell you for sure if you even need to worry about renal failure, however.