We Pigs News for 06-17-2018
Dental Problems: Your guinea pigs teeth carry on growing throughout their lives. Guinea pigs are hardy little animals and with routine preventative health care they are able to enjoy a long and healthy life. Pigs to be kept as pets should be bought from reputable breeders of pet pigs. 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. 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. 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. Choosing a Guinea PigTry to avoid guinea pigs that are panicky when handled, especially if they do not relax quickly. The scientists successfully rid 37 pigs of viruses hiding in their DNA, overcoming one of the big barriers to transplanting pig organs to people.
Health Alert: Pigs Test Positive for Clenbuterol » CHINALERT
China has been hit by a fresh food scandal after the country’s largest meat processor, Shuanghui, was forced to apologize when an illegal additive was found in some of its pork products. Jiyuan Shuanghui, an affiliate of the Henan-based Shuanghui Group, was said to have bought pigs that had been fed with clenbuterol. The additive can speed up muscle building and fat burning to produce leaner pork – lean meat sells for a premium in China. Clenbuterol is banned in China because if eaten by humans it can lead to dizziness, heart palpitations, profuse sweating, nausea, headaches, limb tremors and even cancer. The Henan province conducted urine tests on 1,512 pigs in nine pig farms, with 52 pigs testing positive.
Immediately, chiefs of animal husbandry bureaus in Mengzhou City, Qinyang City and Wenxian County received duty suspension notices. Another 27 officials in the province were in police custody, sacked or suspended from duty. The province intends to random test more than 1.63 million pigs in five counties and cities. Meat products that are suspected of having been tarnished by the banned feed additive have already been taken off the shelves and meat confirmed to contain the additive have been destroyed, according to government officials. While the China Meat Association tried to down play the possibility that tainted pork was widespread, many consumers will be avoiding pork for the moment.
This pork scandal is definitely nothing new to the Chinese. There have been 18 outbreaks of food-related clenbuterol poisoning between 1998 and 2007, according to a report on the Shanghai Food Safety website.
By John Carr, Shih-Ping Chen, Joseph F. Connor, Roy Kirkwood, Joaquim SegalésMay 2018.Maintaining the health of pigs is vital in pig farming and production. This new book written by experts from around the world focuses on the health of pigs, first with coverage of the disorders of pigs organised by clinical sign and body system. The book explores environmental medicine and then health maintenance. Treatment options are discussed, emphasizing a reduction in antimicrobial use and an increased awareness of a holistic approach to treatment.
The book includes over 1,500 high-quality illustrations to enhance the clinical description, as well as a wealth of high-quality videos to test the reader in making differential diagnoses with treatment options. Quizzes at the end of each section also encourage reflective learning. Clinical examination of the individual pig and groups are covered along with environmental medicine, making this the ideal reference for veterinary practitioners and students. Those interested in population medicine will particularly enjoy the holistic approach to veterinary medicine. All those who appreciate the many talents of pigs will enjoy the practical approach to managing the health of their animals.
This book moves veterinary science forward, promoting health rather than treating disease. It will be your number one reference for keeping your pigs healthy. Contains the contributions of international experts from the UK, USA, Australia, Spain and Taiwan.
Pet Guinea Pigs
Question by John: Question about breeding guinea pigs. I know animal shelters are overflowing with all guinea pigs so I don’t intend to give them away, only keep the boys and girls in different cages. I’m weird about these things, like I said, this is the only plan I can think of that won’t make me feel as though keeping guinea pigs is pointless. I know guinea pigs can’t have seeds, but on the bag it says Guinea Pig Daily Diet. My mom says they wouldn’t make something that could hurt guinea pigs, but i just want to be sure.
Answer by AnswerBlasterCranberries and seeds are both healthy foods for guinea pigs moderation. Just make sure your guinea pig gets a lot of variety in its diet. Some people are against feeding guinea pigs seeds because they get picky about what to eat after they taste something so yummy, but those foods are not unhealthy in moderation. ‘) The guinea pig belongs to both of us, it seems she has just used the exact same thing as me. Guinea pig babies start to eat regular food with in the first day. Answer by DizzieThe average life span of most guinea pigs is 5 years, but they have been known to live as many as 8 years.
Floortime/interaction question: my 2 male guinea pigs will have a 10.5 sq feet c&c cage.