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.
Pig Pals Sanctuary, Pet Pigs, Pot Bellied Pig Rescue Center
Pig Pals Sanctuary™ was founded in 1987, when the plight of the unwanted pet pig first came to our attention. As with any animal, the more popular they became the more people there were that got them as babies and then couldn’t handle the grown animal. The truth is that the potbellied pig is only a good pet for those who take commitment and responsible pet ownership very seriously. Responsible pet ownership is not defined by species and holds true across the board, but is even more important to the pet pig. These unique animals are so intelligent that the displacement is far more difficult for them than on other animals that are bought and discarded.
As the numbers of unwanted pets grewso did our sanctuary and in 1995 we became a nonprofit sanctuary. Unfortunately the pet pigs do not have the protection that dogs and cats do under most laws so abuse and lack of care can be rampant. Our commitment to any animal that comes here is protection, love and care for the entire life of the animal. At the present time Pig Pals is home to over 80 pigs with anywhere from 9-15 being house pets at any one time. All animals at Pig Pals Sanctuary came with a less than bright future to look forward to.
The pigs however are our main commitment, as good facilities for them seem to be so limited in most areas as compared with other animals. Frankie, one of about 70 pigs here at Pig Pals Sanctuary, was on hand for an Adopt-A-Pet fundraiser on May 30, 2007.
Animal Farm is a satirical novella by George Orwell, ostensibly about a group of animals who oust the humans from the farm on which they live. No animal in England knows the meaning of happiness or leisure after he is a year old. The life of an animal is misery and slavery: that is the plain truth. Above all, no animal must ever tyrannise over his own kind. Afterwards Squealer made a round of the farm and set the animals’ minds at rest.
Since Jones had left the farm, until today, no animal had killed another animal. Animal Farm, Animal Farm,Never through me shalt thou come to harm! In his speeches, Squealer would talk with the tears rolling down his cheeks of Napoleon’s wisdom the goodness of his heart, and the deep love he bore to all animals everywhere, even and especially the unhappy animals who still lived in ignorance and slavery on other farms. Edit] Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer – except, of course, for the pigs and the dogs. ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL,BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
Rynn Berry: The farm depicted in Animal Farm is a rather benign, old-fashioned farm where the animals are free to pasture. I think his animals in Animal Farm are more alive than the characters in his novels.
The Truth About Lard & Why You Should Use It
Lard is a great source of vitamin D, if it is truly pastured lard. Lard or pork fat is about 40 % saturated, 48% monounsaturated and 12% polyunsaturated. The amount of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids will vary in lard according to what has been fed to the pigs. In the tropics, lard can also be a good source of lauric acid if the pigs have eaten coconuts. Lard is a very stable fat therefore is an excellent choice for frying.
For more facts about lard check out this post by Footsteps Farm Today. You won’t find the use of lard in Nourishing Traditions – but Sally Fallon does recommend it’s use. I have heard her state in interviews and talks that just one tablespoon of pastured lard can contain 1000 IU of vitamin D. That’s a great source of vitamin D, a nutrient that is highly lacking in the modern American diet causing all kinds of rampant health conditions. In my opinion it’s best to find a local source of pastured lard instead of using your bacon grease.
I didn’t really get to explore with lard too much in my early days of learning to cook, simply because it wasn’t really available. At the time I certainly did not know about pastured lard and it’s health benefits. If you live in the lower Southeastern pocket of Pennsylvania, you can purchase lard from Red Haven Farm at the Media Farmer’s Market, as well as Lindenhoff Farm at the West Chester Grower’s Market.