Created on Monday, September 4, 2023 5:10:35 PM
Agricultural producers who have tried their hand at technical breeding of guinea pigs in the Moro area of the Ancash region have taken part in workshops on health and breeding management to improve their performance.
At one such workshop, organized by the Integrated Rural Development Services (Sedir) Agricultural Training Program, they had the opportunity to perform an autopsy on a guinea pig to identify possible diseases affecting these rodents.
“I work in a rural recreation area in Moro and already have experience butchering guinea pigs, but I don’t know how to recognize diseases. Now I am learning,” comments Maria Sandonas, who skillfully and with great precision uses a sharp scalpel to carefully cut the skin of a guinea pig lying on the work table. He slowly removes the animal’s hair, and then makes a new incision that allows you to open the chest and see the condition of the organs.
One of the identified diseases was salmonellosis, which manifested itself as white spots on the liver of a guinea pig. This disease is the most dangerous, highly contagious and can lead to the death of all individuals in the barn if it is not prevented and controlled in time. Another of the diseases that rodents suffer from is pneumonia.
“Guinea pigs suffer from infectious and parasitic diseases, attacks of mites and lice, and it is important that breeders learn to recognize them. It is also important that they have a first aid kit with antibiotics and antiparasitics in their sheds,” comments Liberato Torre Albino, responsible for training at Sedira.
It is also necessary to clean the paddocks with lime and place the same material at the front doors to disinfect shoes.
Guinea pigs also get athlete’s foot, which is transmitted from skin to skin between guinea pigs, and conjunctivitis, a product of pens pollution. (WC – RSD News).