Respiratory Problems in Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs are more delicate than many people suspect; their chunky, compact bodies suggest that they are not as susceptible as other more fragile looking animals such as gerbils and mice to common problems such as respiratory tract infections but in fact this is not the case. Guinea pigs are very sensitive to draughts and damp and must be looked after accordingly. They cannot get the common cold, or anything like it; respiratory infections are likely to be bacterial and may be caused by the guinea pig being in general poor health. To add to the confusion, guinea pigs suffer from allergies as well as infections and sometimes the issue is an environmental one, not disease. A guinea pig is a very vocal animal, with a variety of sounds which it makes to show how it is feeling; if it is happy it will make a noise which sounds very similar to a cats purr.
Guinea pigs hate cold and damp; they come from the Andes and their natural habitat is dry, if at times rather cold. If on diagnosis it turns out that the guinea pig has a runny nose because of inhaled dust from the bedding, it is a simple matter to change it. The guinea pig is a tricky animal to treat with medicine as in the wild it is a prey animal and so can be nervous and quite tricky to handle. Guinea pigs usually have a special favourite which they will always respond to using that as a trojan horse to get the medicine into the animal is a stress free method if it is possible to do so, although granted, it is a little difficult if the food is already very wet, like cucumber but if the pig has a favourite rusk or something absorbent it should work well. With an animal like a guinea pig which is small and nervous it is essential to have regular contact with it.
Guinea pigs become depressed very easily and this can lead to lack of appetite, leading in turn to a low vitamin intake which again can seriously undermine the animals health. Although not every guinea pig is gregarious and fond of human contact, they are animals which naturally live in colonies and groom each other and have constant contact.
Advice of “Father of Health Physics” for Disposing of Tritium Safely Rebuffed by US NRC, Dr. K.Z. Morgan interview: DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore Treated as Guinea Pigs
Since I left the faculty at Georgia Tech, I’ve testified in over a hundred-fifty cases, trying to help people that have allegedly been injured by radiation. They actually bragged about the fact that they set up courses to train health physicists and lawyers on how to keep injured parties, injured from radiation, from getting any benefits! One of these was even held in Washington. Imagine: the Department of Justice-which is supposed, according to our Constitution, to provide justice to the citizen-training lawyers and health physicists how to cheat the public! How to allow people to be used as guinea pigs rather than be a hindrance to some nuclear or military program!
All the people in the cities of Washington[, DC] and Philadelphia and Baltimore are guinea pigs, as you well know. I gave [the NRC] a letter [from me], showing how you can get rid of this tritium in a safe manner. If people could wait and read my book, they’d get some of the facts that you’d like to have now, maybe. I sent in my letter [to the NRC] showing these other ways you could dispose of the tritium without using humans as guinea pigs. As I recall in the letter, why tritium is far more hazardous than was agreed-to officially when I was chairman of the committee74 that set the standards for tritium and other radionuclides for 20 years, you see.
An advisor to the-I don’t know his position, I guess the court recorder there, or maybe the second stage of lawyers they had-was Dr. [L.S.] Taylor, who had been chairman of NCRP for many years, who [now] is on the other side of the fence. Dr. Morgan began his career as a physics professor at Lenoir-Rhyne College, where he focused his work on cosmic ray research. In 1943, Dr. Morgan moved to Chicago to become a senior scientist in health physics for the Manhattan Engineer District.
The following year, Dr. Morgan went to the newly formed Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he served as Director of Health Physics from 1944 to 1972.
Santa Barbara Skinny Pigs
Just like regular guinea pigs, skinny pigs have some simple but specific care requirements to keep them happy and healthy. Skinny pigs do not have any natural protection from either cold or sun, they need to live indoors and away from direct sunlight. Furry guinea pigs are sensitive to heat and need to be kept somewhat cool, skinny pigs tolerate heat a little better but usually need a hiding place where they can snuggle up and keep warm. Skinny pigs are typically quite healthy, but there are some illnesses that they are more prone to than their furry counterparts. Skinny pigs never get guinea pig lice, but they are more likely to suffer from skin ailments, including sunburn, skin cancer, scratches or skin infections such as ringworm.
Doctors inexperienced with guinea pigs may accidentally prescribe medication that is safe for other pets but can be very dangerous to guinea pigs, such as certain antibiotics. Skinny pigs will keep themselves quite clean on their own, as long as the cage they are in is also kept clean enough. That’s rarely and option so the next best thing is for new guinea pigs to be introduced to adult(s) when the new guinea pigs are extremely young. Adult guinea pigs are rarely aggressive or violent towards baby guinea pigs, though some rumbling, purring, strutting, dancing or other dominance behavior is still normal. You should not use typical hide boxes until all guinea pigs are getting along well, since it is easy for a guinea pig to go into a hide, a second guinea pig enter the hide, and the first one suddenly feel trapped, without an easy way to get more personal space.
If you introduce guinea pigs together and they begin to fight, try to allow them to work out their issues without stepping in, unless a guinea pig is injured to the point of bleeding. Unfortunately this can happen quite quickly with skinny pigs since they don’t have fur to protect them, so extra care must be taken with skinny pig introductions.