We Pigs News for 08-16-2018

Morning Routine & Cleaning Guinea Pig Cages With Fleece

Esther the Wonder Pig diagnosed with cancer

Esther the Wonder Pig may be responsible for saving the lives of other large animals, but now she is facing her own medical battle. Famed for inspiring the Esther Scanner Fundraiser, the 295-kg social media starlet will undergo surgery within a week following the discovery a suspicious mass on her belly. Launched in April, the Esther Scanner Fundraiser was supposed to raise C$650,000 for a Pegaso CT scanner, the first of its kind in Canada. Thanks to Esther, it surpassed its target by more than C$25,000 by July 1. Veterinarians at the Ontario Veterinary College recommended a CT scan to better diagnose the pig’s condition, but told them a scanner able to accommodate an animal of her size was not available in Canada. 

Further, transporting Esther to the United States would require a three-week quarantine upon her return. Esther-who turned six in July-recovered on her own and was able to forgo the scan. Her owners decided to launch the fundraiser to save other large animal owners future distress. They appealed to Esther’s 1.5 million social media followers to do it. The new machine-which would allow for diagnostic imaging for pigs, standing horses, and other large animals-will have a permanent home at OVC in September and is expected to fill a gap in large animal care across Canada. 

According to the Toronto Star, the machine was temporarily installed this month to allow Esther to be scanned. Reactions to Esther’s medical update on Facebook and Twitter were filled with supportive comments and heartwarming words from fans and cancer survivors around the world. 

Keywords: [“Esther”,”scan”,”own”]
Source: https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/esther-the-wonder-pig…

Do Guinea Pigs Need to be Spayed/Neutered?

Surgery of any kind in guinea pigs is still considered fairly risky. It’s important for us, as owners, to address every surgery with consideration of dangers and benefits when spaying or neutering your guinea pig. Guinea pigs don’t need to be routinely spayed and neutered unless there is an underlying reason – the most obvious being to prevent pregnancy. While de-sexing other animals usually has a positive effect on behavior, guinea pigs are the exception. Spaying a female guinea pig is usually considered more risky than neutering a male because it is more invasive. 

Guinea pigs that develop problems with the reproductive organs may need to be spayed regardless. Guinea pigs are more susceptible to anesthesia reactions, stress, and infections. A pig in pain may not show interest in guinea pig food or grass hay, which is essential for digestion, making it even more challenging to prevent GI stasis. Guinea pigs cannot maintain their core body temperature well during surgery; the large surface area to volume ratio of small rodents increases this risk. An experienced exotic vet should monitor a guinea pig’s temperature, along with other vitals, during and after surgery. 

An exotic vet is absolutely essential when it comes to spaying or neutering your guinea pig. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to spaying or neutering your guinea pig. 

Keywords: [“pig”,”guinea”,”neutered”]
Source: https://smallpetselect.com/do-guinea-pigs-need-to-be-spayed-neutered

Local Farming and The Fight for Quality Food

In most cities, it’s possible to meet local farmers at farmers markets and obtain naturally raised meat and vegetables. We’ve been meaning to learn more about local farms and their food production methods. On Saturday, we joined the Livin’ Paleo in Boston group on a visit to Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Green Meadows Farm was founded by General George S. Patton and is still owned by one of his heirs. 

We were delighted to meet Diana at the Ancestral Health Symposium, and have looked forward to visiting her farm. The farm is actually an organic vegetable farm, and the animals are used to clear and fertilize vegetable plots. Currently only 20 acres of the 230 acre farm are in cultivation. The rest has been occupied by forest, or is too wet to farm. Joel Salatin is a hugely entertaining family farmer in Virginia who has deservedly become famous. 

The regulatory and legal climate is actively hostile to local farms. Shou-Ching and I strongly support the liberation of food production and consumption from repressive regulations, and recommend checking out your local farms. I know we have a number of farmers among our readers; please, let us know if there is anything we can do to promote your businesses. 

Keywords: [“Farm”,”food”,”chicken”]
Source: https://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/10/local-farming-and-the-fight…

Mange mites can live off the host only a day or two because they are susceptible to environmental Moderate ambient temper­ conditions. Life Cycle The life cycle of the mite takes approximately 10 to 14 days to complete. The female mites burrow into the outer layer of skin using mechanical destruction and salivary secretions. After developing through a larval and two nymphal stages, the mites will reach adulthood in 6 to 9 days. Edu Mites are primarily spread through direct animal contact. 

Species of mites affect a Different of livestock hosts. Pigs can respond to a mite infestation one of two ways, the hypersensitive form or the hyperkeratotic form. Mites are usually present in very large numbers in these areas. Figure 3 Regardless of the form of mange, mites can be diagnosed by scraping the periphery of the affected area and viewing the scrapings under oil immersion through a microscope. The label recommended dosage for these products will kill 100 percent of adult mites and immature forms. 

Suis.1 Twenty­two pigs that had naturally occurring mange mite infestations were used in the trial. All pigs proved negative for mites in the 7­ to 28­day posttreatment period. 

Keywords: [“mite”,”mange”,”animal”]
Source: https://www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-3077.pdf

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