Guinea Pigs – CHI Health Better You Blog
Last week I saw a relatively young patient in whom I placed a defibrillator about a year ago who came in because he had received a shock from his device. It is meant to interrupt cardiac arrest in patients at risk for such. This patient in particular has an interesting history. Shortly after the release of these data the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began promoting the use of ICDs in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, and a couple years later my patient received his device. My team enrolled dozens of patients with weak hearts into the SCD-HeFT study and randomly assigned some of them to receive an ICD.
Since patients with cardiomyopathy of any type are at increased risk of cardiac arrest, my group of patients had its share of fatalities. You may look at this and think that we treated these patients as guinea pigs by randomly withholding the lifesaving technology, but you have to understand that, at the time, none of these patients would have otherwise received an ICD-it simply wasn’t an option for them based on the available science. My patient is alive today because 2,521 patients in the SCD-HeFT study volunteered to test the theory that we could come up with a better way to prevent cardiac arrest. We currently use drugs like aspirin and Plavix to block platelets, but these fail to offer complete protection in a large percentage of patients. We are now studying the effect of using a naturally occurring protein, nesiritide, to improve symptoms and outcomes in these patients.
PREMIUM PFO. Experts have long suspected a link between migraine headaches and the presence of a small hole in the atrial septum of the heart called a patient foramen ovale. This trial tries to determine if closing the PFO with a nonsurgical device improves symptoms in these patients. The next time your doctor asks you to consider volunteering for a study, remember that guinea pigs are some of the best people I know.
RSPCA Australia knowledgebase
If you are thinking of getting a pig as a pet, there are several things you should consider first. Many local councils in Australia will not grant permits for a pig to be kept in a backyard, even in some rural areas. The same laws that apply to commercial piggeries also apply to pet pigs. Pigs to be kept as pets should be bought from reputable breeders of pet pigs. The importation of recognised miniature pig breeds such as the Pot-bellied pig and the Kune Kune is prohibited.
Although there does not appear to be a recognised Australian miniature pig breed, the height for adult pigs under the national registration scheme is up to 60cm at the shoulder. A miniature adult pig can weigh between 50-90kg. Commercial breeds of pigs can reach 250-300 kg, and it is unwise to keep one of these breeds as pets unless you have a lot of experience with them and plenty of room. Some information about looking after your pet pig is provided below. Indoor pigs will need their own space, preferably their own room with a pile of blankets to nest in.
You can feed your pig specialist pig feed from a rural feed supplier, which will contain all their nutrient needs. All pigs need fresh clean water, but they will try to tip over the container to make mud for wallowing so make sure you use a heavy container. Because pigs are so inquisitive and enjoy rooting, foraging and chewing, they can be quite destructive, so they might not be the best choice of pet if you want to keep a well-manicured garden.
How to Care for Pet Guinea Pigs
Appearance of Guinea PigsGuinea pigs are approximately 10 inches long and weigh two to three pounds. Before You Decide on a Pet Guinea PigGuinea pigs are social animals and you should consider keeping a same-sex pair so they have someone to socialize with. While usually quiet, guinea pigs can call out pretty loudly and be active both day and night. Guinea pigs may be nervous at first but rarely bite and generally become very tame with frequent handling. Purchasing a Guinea PigPet stores are a common source for pet guinea pigs, but they should only be purchased from a store if the store/staff are knowledgeable about guinea pigs, keep them in clean housing with a good diet, and handle the guinea pigs regularly.
Breeders are your best option if looking for a show quality pig, a specific breed, and even pet quality pigs. Shelters have guinea pigs more often than you might think. This is a great way to give a guinea pig a second chance at life. Guinea pigs from shelters might be a little more skittish at first if they were not handled much while they were young, but most will settle down in their new homes once a routine is established. Whichever source for purchasing a guinea pig is chosen, make sure they appear to be in good health, body condition, are well socialized, and are easy to handle.
Choosing a Guinea PigTry to avoid guinea pigs that are panicky when handled, especially if they do not relax quickly. Avoid guinea pigs that are overly skinny or grossly overweight.