Can Guinea Pigs Eat Grapes?
This will reduce the risk of your guinea pig getting scurvy, which results from a lack of vitamin C. The answer is yes, guinea pigs can eat grapes, mostly. The grapes can be either red or green and should be seedless. You can feed your guinea pig up to two grapes at a time. Some pet owners suggest cutting them to make it easier for your cavy to eat them.
Be sure to wash the grapes before you give them to your cavy and be sure that they were not treated with any chemicals prior to consumption by your guinea pig. Although guinea pigs eat grapes, they should only be eaten one or two times a week. You should not feed your cavy grapes along with other foods high in sugar. Remember that while it is generally safe to let guinea pigs eat grapes, your cavy may not enjoy the flavor. Be sure to pay constant attention to the preferences your guinea pig has to certain fruits and to their digestive reactions to certain fruits.
Please note that while there is a general consensus that guinea pigs can eat grapes, there is a possibility that they may cause kidney failure. Grapes are known to cause kidney failure in dogs, but it is still unclear if they have the same result in guinea pigs. The possibility that grapes can negatively affect a guinea pig’s kidneys has been suggested by some veterinarians.
Guinea pigs require a hutch to live in that is safe from predators such as dogs and cats, has an area that protects them from the weather and provides enough space for exercise. Once the temperature exceeds 30ºC it is necessary to regularly monitor your guinea pigs. Guinea pigs are herbivores, which means they only eat plant material. Guinea pigs’ teeth are constantly growing and need to be continually worn down by eating. Vitamin C rich foods such as citrus or kiwi fruit are a necessary supplement as, like humans, guinea pigs do not synthesise their own vitamin C.
Avoid feeding guinea pigs potatoes, onions, rhubarb leaves and oxalis clover as these species are poisonous. Swollen footpads, commonly known as bumblefoot can be a problem for guinea pigs on hard surfaces. If you are breeding from your guinea pigs ensure they have been vet checked and are fit and healthy. Mastitis of the udder is a common problem for lactating guinea pigs. To prevent mastitis do not over breed female guinea pigs.
Depending on the breed, guinea pigs can have short, rosette or long hair. If your guinea pig is long haired then regular grooming is necessary for good coat condition. Guinea pigs make great pets but purchasing a guinea pig should be a long term decision as they can live up to seven years.
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Those who take gut health for granted have never been without it. Researchers on the Genome Alberta-led project to boost disease resilience in pigs appreciate the importance of a healthy intestine. That’s why Janelle Fouhse, a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, is working with Dr. Ben Willing on host/ microbe interactions, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. What they’re finding is significant for piglet health and, potentially, for human health as well.
These findings are made possible by Fouhse’s involvement with Mitacs Canada, a non-profit, national research organization that manages and funds research and training programs for undergraduates, graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows in partnership with universities, industry and government. In working with Alltech through the Mitacs program, Fouhse is helping them identify the best way to market the nutritional supplement to producers. For Fouhse, working with Mitacs and Alltech has been gratifying on a few fronts. Based on their work so far, that role is a substantial one. They hope that the boost in gut health will be an ally that can prevent illness or reduce its severity for pigs faced with a disease challenge.
To anyone who has struggled with gut health, that’s a worthy goal indeed.
TPWD: Feral Hogs
The Feral Hog in Texas, by Rick Taylor and available in Portable Document Format, is an informative booklet describing the feral hog and control practices. Feral hogs are an old world species belonging to the family Suidae, and in Texas include European wild hogs, feral hogs, and European-feral crossbreeds. Feral hogs are domestic hogs that either escaped or were released for hunting purposes. Feral hogs may appear basically the same as domestic hogs and will vary in color and coat pattern. Feral hogs are more muscular than domestic hogs, and have very little fat.
Feral hogs generally travel in family groups called sounders, comprised normally of two sows and their young. Feral hogs are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter. Feral hogs are especially fond of acorns and domestic agricultural crops such as corn, milo, rice, wheat, soybeans, peanuts, potatoes, watermelons and cantaloupe. Feral hogs feed primarily at night and during twilight hours, but will also feed during daylight in cold or wet weather. Yes, meat from feral hogs is extremely tasty and much leaner than penraised pork.
No, feral hogs are prolific breeders and can cause considerable damage. TPWD considers feral hogs nuisance animals and does not support the introduction of feral hogs.