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calcium

  1. x3littlepiggies

    Calcium requirement for junior pigs?

    Hi. I have 3 girls who are 10 weeks old. I've been giving them 1 handful of alfalfa hay every other day in with their Timothy & meadow hay. Ive been feeding them veggies as you would an adult pig (not too many high calcium foods). Somebody told me not to worry about calcium content until they're...
  2. MilliePigs

    Kale

    My boys are quite partial to a bit of kale now and then but I was wondering if it’s high in calcium? I’m not too sure and I don’t want them to have kidney problems or anything. How often do you feed kale to your piggies?
  3. HeatherW

    Too Much Calcium In Wee?

    Is this something I should be concerned about, thinking further down the line? I moved to fleece from shavings a week or so ago and this is the first time I've seen what I assume is calcium in dried-out wee. I know wee is often a creamy colour anyway and my piggies are behaving perfectly...
  4. Lilythepig2017

    0.3% Calcium- What Is It Out Of? Calories? Grams Of Food Eaten?

    When they say your pigs diet should be 0.3% calcium does that mean 0.3% of the calories they consume? Or 0.3% of the food they consume in grams/ kilos? This site: https://www.nap.edu/read/4758/chapter/6 Says 8 grams of calcium per kilo of feed. But if you calculate for how much a pig eats in...
  5. Lilythepig2017

    Detailed Pellet Question: Fats/ Oils/ Calcium/ Sugars/ Etc

    Hello While reading over stuff I think my pellets (Oxbow organic pellets) are too high in calcium as they say they are at 0.9% I read that 0.3% is the highest it should be. Now my pig is 4 months old so I know she needs some calcium for bones but after 6 months I'd like to pull her off them...
  6. E

    Help: Low Calcium Diet Plan Ideas

    My guinea pig has been having powdery mineral deposits in her urine. I am taking her to the vets tomorrow. I have read that the best thing is to do for this is to reduce her calcium intake because it is probably too high. But I am not sure how to do this correctly. Currently the pellets I give...
  7. Gia

    White Spots In Eyes?

    My new-ish boar, Gus, has a little white spot in each of his eyes. He doesn't have the best vision, so I'm wondering if this could have anything to do with it. I was thinking they could be calcium deposites, too. Could being a dalmation be the cause? Not urgent, just want your opinions.
  8. Chancey

    Too Much Calcium?

    Hi there! I currently have seven piggies, sow pair, sow trio and boar pair! I've noticed that they all seem to leave the powdery white marks on the fleece - it doesn't seem gritty and is dried in but as all of my piggies are showing this, I worry it may be their diet. I know that their urine is...
  9. magicmoments

    Vitamin C - Could Anyone Please Give Me Some Advice?

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me? I took my 2 year old female guinea pig, Dora, to the vet on Friday night thinking she had eggs around her back end (which surprised me because their cage is kept very clean and she is treated for flystrike, flees, lice etc). When the vet...
  10. Este22

    Male Neutered Guinea Pig (~6yo) Unsteady On Hind Legs

    Hi All, This is the first post in 1 year now. You may remember my bladder-pig Sam who had reoccurring UTI's. I haven't been on the forum for so long because he has been so well! Every other day 200mg glucosamine seems to have done the trick... Until 23rd June when he completely lost use of his...
  11. F

    Rear End Paralysis - 3 year Old Sow Require Further Advice

    Trudi one of our 4 X 3 year old sows was showing signs of rear end weakness last week. Other 3 are fine. Her legs were splayed our and she couldn't run so fast. Took her to vet who physically examined her and couldn't find evidence of injury. Prescribed Metacam (only had cat version at 0.5mg/ml...
  12. Beans&Toast

    Help Please :(

    I had the pigs at the vet tonight because Toast has put on quite a lot of weight over the space of 2 weeks, despite absolutely no changes of their diet, I've not fed them more or anything new so there's no obvious reason to put on weight. I always watch them eat and finish their veg and there's...
  13. Amy Bugg

    Low Calcium Food Suggestions Please

    Hi everyone, One of our piggies has had blood in her urine for the last couple of days. We took her to the vets and he was fairly certain she had a UTI and she is now on Baytril antibiotics. If this doesn't clear it up, she will need blood tests, and if nothing shows up she'll need an x-ray...
  14. Beans&Toast

    Powdery Pee?

    I was just cleaning the pigs cage out (I have fleece) and noticed a few dots of white/cream "paste" is the only word I can use to describe it. I used my finger to see what it was, it was a very powdery consistency so I'm thinking maybe too much calcium in their diet? I can't think how.. They...
  15. kitkat1

    Filtered Water

    Lately I have been hearing that filtered water is better for pigs because it doesn't have as much calcium as tap. I've been using tap water ever since I got the pigs, and they are now 8-10 months old. Now that they are older than six months, I think it would be better if I gave them filtered...
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