Guinea Pig Health News for October 30 2017

Guinea Pig: A Path to New Habits

On Saturday, Ruby and I had some tense moments, which resulted in this declaration: “Tomorrow I’m taking the screens away forever.” Like many parents, Kristine and I struggle daily with the first world problem of how much screen time we allow at Fry Lodge. Are these devices hijacking our children’s minds? Are our kids being irreparably harmed by the amount of time they spend staring at screens? Are they getting enough exercise and interactions with real people? These are among the questions that kept me up last night. This morning, Ruby brought me coffee in bed and said she had a proposal in mind. The Fry Family Quartet took a walk. We decided that she will pull together a presentation outlining her case for a guinea pig. It will include: goals, strategies for achieving those goals, ways to measure whether she meets the goals, and a timeline. On the walk, we came up with some strategies to address in her plan: 1) respectful attitudes , 2) clean house and 3) healthy lifestyle. As soon as we finished our walk, Ruby began her PowerPoint presentation.
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Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig and Small Animal Rescue

Did you know that if a guinea pig goes longer than 12 hours without eating he can die? It is very important to observe any changes in the behavior of your guinea pig, as they are extremely good at hiding illness! Lack of appetite should be taken seriously. If your piggy is not eating on his own, please refer to this guide. Every guinea pig owner should have an experienced guinea pig veterinarian available to deal with routine exams and illnesses. We also suggest you locate an emergency after-hours facility in your area that has experience with guinea pigs. Should a life-threatening situation occur outside of business hours, you’ll be prepared. While we would like to help any and every guinea pig, financially we are unable to. If you own a sick guinea pig and are unable to pay for the medical expenses, please discuss options or payment plans with your veterinarian’s office. You also might search for charitable agencies set up specifically to help low income households with veterinary expenses.
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Guinea Pig Care Guide – Banfield Pet Hospital®

Read our Guinea Pig Care Guide, from the veterinarians at Banfield Pet Hospital, and learn about guinea pig food and grooming.
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Guinea Pig Health News for October 29 2017

Registered Rabbit and Guinea Pig Breeder

I have owned Guinea Pigs and Rabbits for over 20 years and am very passionate about their care and well being, I have always wanted to offer a safe place for small animals to stay while their owners are away,Guinea Pigs and rabbits need more care than just a neighbour popping over once a day to quickly feed and water them. My husband and I have had built a huge colour bond lockable shed, with glass sliding doors, opening windows, skylights and fly screens especially for our own guinea pigs, small rabbits and borders. I Breed and show my rabbits and guinea pigs and have been a registered breeder of both for many years. I have been an active member of the Hobart Cavy Club for 8 years and am also a current member of the Northern Tasmanian Cavy Club , I show my Cavy each month with great success, with many Best in Shows awarded. I am also a current member of Rabbit Breeders Association of Tasmania. Show Cavy need to be specially prepared and a very high level of nutrition fed. Boarding guinea pigs will eat the same mix as my show cavy whilst enjoying their stay and groomed with the same products that I use on my own show Cavy.I have boarded both cavy / rabbits for many years now with long standing regular clients. I have indoor and out door spaces available and all are locked at night or any time I am not at home. To arrange a booking or inspection please phone Kay on 0409006046.
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Guinea Pig Farming Study

Johan H. Koeslag The guinea pig is called cuy, cobayo or curi in Spanish. Traditional keeping of guinea pigs About 90% of all families in the rural areas of the Narino highlandskeep guinea pigs. Considerations for improved guinea pig production In 1974 a Dutch bilateral project was started in Narino. The initiative to start up the guinea pig programme was taken by the Regional University and the Dutch project, without much national support. Hardly any knowledge about improved guinea pig production was available in Colombia. To increase the genetic potential of the local guinea pig population, improved Peruvian animals were imported. Guinea pig Droduction is so Drofitable that men became interested too and in some cases they wanted to take over the marketing and keep the money, letting the women do the work! To prevent this as much as possible, an Association of Guinea pig producers was founded. Housing of guinea pigs Guinea pigs should be housed in different pens according to their sex and age. Production costs of a guinea pig for consumption are about 20-25O/o of the selling price so even if the price goes down due to a greater supply. A guinea pig of 3 to 4 months old with a weight of 1 kg costs twice as much as 1 kg beef. An adult guinea pig consumes about 300 to 4009 pre-wilted ryegrass per day. About half a guinea pig per person will be necessary.
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Guinea pig ‘R’escue and ‘R’ehome

On the whole Guinea pigs are generally healthy pets, although you do need to monitor their health and handle them regularly. Feet are very delicate in guinea pigs and nails should be checked and trimmed if needed. The most common health problems that I have encountered with guinea pigs are abscesses, mites and eye infections. Mites are easily avoided, they can be picked up by pigs from bedding and hay. If your pig has any crusting or bald patches it is most likely to be mite. I treat all my pigs on a regular basis as a preventative measure. The pig above was found as a stray, and was on pain killers and anti-biotics for secondary infection prescribed by my vet. Infections, usually form from a foreign body in the eye. Gently bathing the eye with warm water may remove it but its usually best to get your vet to check the eye as the pig may also need anti-biotic drops. Cataracts tend to affect older pigs and abysinnian pigs are more prone. They don’t make the guinea pig blind but they do reduce vision. I have had a few pigs with cataracts and they have lived normal lives.
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Guinea Pig Health News for October 28 2017

Guinea Pig Hut

This is the number one reason why small cages are no good. Most guinea pigs that are in these small cages get little to no exercise, as they are not provided with the space that is necessary for exploration and laps. Guinea pigs are unable to remain fit and healthy in a cage that merely allows them to eat, sleep and poop. Like humans, guinea pigs get health related problems due to their weight, like heart disease, diabetes, bladder infections, and respiratory problems. A guinea pig that is confined to a small boring cage, doesn’t have the space to run laps around their cage, popcorn and play with their toys. If you have more then one guinea pig, they can’t really play with each other. A small cage also limits the amount of accessories you can include in their cage, which leads to only the bare minimum being put it, with no room for the good stuff like tunnels. Guinea pigs should have the right to freely move about their cage as they please, with ample amount of toys to keep them occupied, and no restrictions. If you have more then one guinea pig, which you should because they are social animals, each will pick out their own territory. If their is not enough space for the two of them to peacefully co-exist together, then they will fight which could also lead to blood shed, infections, vet bills, and in worse case death. There is a myth that males can not live together, small pet store cages are the cause of this myth. If male guinea pigs are provided with an adequetly sized cage, then they will have no reason to fight.
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Ultimate Pet Hub Guide

Lots of people keep guinea pigs as pets because they are such cute little creatures to have in your home. As it’s always better for cavies to be kept in pairs, the bigger cage the better! Check out our article where we reviewed 7 best cages for a guinea pig. As a rule of thumb, guinea pigs should not be kept with other small species often kept as pets. Being herbivores, a basic guinea pig diet consists of fresh water, unlimited grass hay, a cup or so of vegetables per day for each pet, and good quality cavy pellets. Cost, availability and convenience are also to be factored in: some pet owners strive to provide an all natural diet, but the majority will conveniently include pelleted products specifically produced for guinea pigs. Another way is to return your guinea pigs to the cage rump first. Guinea pigs really need bathing but they do need regular brushing and nail clipping. Most guinea pigs are not too difficult to hold, but when starting out, have a helper hold your guinea pig so you can trim the nails. Hold your guinea pig upright with its back against your body by placing your hand lightly around your guinea pig’s chest. Another option is to gently wrap up your guinea pig’s body and three of its legs in a light towel, leaving one leg free for clipping the nails. If you cut into the quick, the nail will bleed and it will hurt your guinea pig. If your guinea pig has light color or translucent nails, the quick will be visible as the pink part inside the nail.
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The Guinea Pig Site

The health benefit of exercise for guinea pigs is significant. Like humans, overweight guinea pigs have a higher tendency toward health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, bladder infections, respiratory problems, bumblefoot, and more. A large cage with ample room for exercise can help keep your guinea pig toned and fit. Even if you provide an ample amount of floor time every day, your guinea pigs need to be able to exercise and explore on their own body clocks. Guinea pig activity tends to be an hour “On” and an hour “Off.” Many are particularly active in the morning and evening – not necessarily at times that are convenient for you. Like people, guinea pigs get bored living in the same old small cage hour after hour, day after day, year after year with nothing much to do. If you have two or more non-breeding or same-sex guinea pigs, it helps keep them happy with each other if they have enough room to run and play and to get away from each other when they choose. You can read other people’s experiences in the Testimonials and find out more about how to clean the cage on the cleaning page. An easier to clean cage for you means you’ll love your guinea pigs that much more over the years. Happy guinea pigs are more entertaining and well-adjusted guinea pigs. Healthy guinea pigs means fewer vet visits, worries, and bills. Easy-to-maintain guinea pigs means a happier relationship with your animals.
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Guinea Pig Health News for October 27 2017

Guinea Pig Cage and Housing Tips

Guinea pigs need plenty of space, and their home arrangements should support their need for an abundance of activity and exercise. If you would like to create a home for guinea pigs, these guinea pig cage and housing tips will help you to build a home that your guinea pigs will truly love. Guinea pigs should always be housed in pairs, as in nature these little animals form strong social bonds and are rarely alone. A same-sex pair is best, unless the guinea pigs have been neutered, to prevent an abundance of guinea pig babies. Two guinea pigs should have a guinea pig cage that has at least 7.5 square feet of space, but it is best to offer your guinea pigs as much space as possible for their comfort, health and well-being. Guinea pigs can become easily overheated and even suffer from heat stroke if they are not in a home with adequate ventilation. Your guinea pig cage should be in a room that is kept between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the cage should not be placed in an area exposed to direct sunlight or drafts. The best types of guinea pig cages are made out of wire metal mesh walls with a solid plastic floor, and the mesh squares should be approximately 1 inch square. Guinea pigs are not agile creatures; they cannot climb very well and if they fall they can get hurt. Guinea pig homes should be designed and arranged on a horizontal plane; the cage will need to be long and wide, and the guinea should be able to easily navigate through all areas of the home. Maintain a natural flow of movement inside your guinea pig cage. Avoid walling or sectioning off parts of the cage, and arrange your guinea pig accessories in a manner that allows free movement through the cage and avoids clutter.
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GUINEA PIG CARE Guinea pigs are social pets and loving companions that require daily attention. Guinea pigs require 30 to 50mg of vitamin C daily and this can be derived from a vitamin supplement, however with a constant mix of fresh fruit and vegetables your pig should receive sufficient amounts. Always wash your hands before and after handling your guinea pig. Your guinea pig should be housed in a hutch that is protected from wind, rain and direct sunlight as guinea pigs cannot cope with high temperatures or rapid changes in temperature. Consistent, gentle, daily interaction is the key to winning over your guinea pig. Different types of small animals should not be housed together and adult male guinea pigs should be housed separately as they will fight. A Guinea pig will chew anything in its path, including electrical wiring so check the area first. CHEW TOYS A guinea pig’s teeth continually grow; it is essential that they gnaw in order to keep them at a manageable length. HANDLE WITH CARE It is important that you pick up and handle your guinea pig correctly. Guinea pigs should be picked up by placing a hand over their shoulders, which will make them crouch. Always handle your guinea pig with both hands as they startle very easily. The signs of a healthy guinea pig are: Active, alert and sociable Healthy fur Clear bright eyes Eats and drinks regularly Communicates by squeaking Walks normally The signs of an unhealthy guinea pig are: Diarrhea or a dirty bottom Overgrown teeth Weight loss Skin lesions Abnormal hair loss Lethargy Eye or nasal discharge Gum bleeding If you notice any of these signs please contact your veterinarian immediately.
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Cutely comprehensive guinea pig care for guinea pig lovers

Traditional guinea pig care books are often dry or too general. You just want one source you can refer to that’s easy to read and thorough and friendly and flexible and super mega heart-meltingly cute, so you can spend less time stressfully searching for information and more time spending time with your guinea pig. With over 100 pages filled to the brim with information and adorable illustrations, The Guinea Pig Guide makes it easy to learn everything you need to know to give your guinea pig a long, happy, healthy life with you. What goes into giving your guinea pig proper living quarters. How to help your guinea pig to feel comfortable and be social around humans. The two absolutely essential components to a guinea pig’s diet that some guinea pig owners overlook. Where to find affordable, high quality guinea pig food, hay and supplies. A resources directory with all sorts of helpful links to guinea pig organizations, vendors, artisans, hay and food suppliers and other guinea pig-related businesses. Want to take a peek at everything that’s included in The Guinea Pig Guide? A 40 page PDF book that shows you, step by step, how to draw your own super cute guinea pigs like the ones in The Guinea Pig Guide! A set of 5 5×7″ fine art prints of illustrations from The Guinea Pig Guide, signed and dated by the artist. I feel your pain- I am the queen of indecision! If you’re having trouble deciding what bundle you’d like, or whether the Guinea Pig Guide is for you, I’d love to give you the first 18-page preliminary chapter to help you decide.
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Guinea Pig Health News for October 26 2017

Search & Adopt a Guinea Pig

We are happy that you have decided to adopt a Guinea Pig. Guinea Pig adoption is a wonderful way to provide a Guinea Pig a second chance and caring environment. Most pets arrive at shelters because the owner had to move, could no longer afford the pet, had a death in the family, or simply gave up the responsibly of being a care taker for a Guinea Pig. Below is a brief overview of the type of needs a Guinea Pig might require and what you will need to consider for the life time care of a Guinea Pig. First most, understand that no matter what, even if you buy a Guinea Pig for sale, or adopt, as a new pet owner it is your responsibility to care for the Guinea Pig it’s entire lifespan. Find out how often and what a Guinea Pig needs to eat. Next, what shelter do you need to provide? Get to know what habitat a Guinea Pig is accustom to, what temperature will the Guinea Pig need to maintain, and what range of temperatures are acceptable for a Guinea Pig to survive. It’s usually a good idea to get to know a little more about Guinea Pig habits, temperament and relationship with humans before adopting a Guinea Pig. What is an indicator if a Guinea Pig is being aggressive and senses fear? Some pets will maintain much more happiness as long as they live socially, does a Guinea Pig need a companion pet in order to live happily? What exercise does a Guinea Pig need regularly? Estimating the monthly costs of owning a pet is just as important as making sure you have the time and motivation to feed the Guinea Pig when necessary, and provide a safe environment to live. So you’re looking to adopt a guinea pig? We’re glad you’ve come to the right place to find out about guinea pig adoptions. We need a home that will work with us and make us the great guinea pig pets we know we can be!
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Genesis Extruded Guinea Pig Food

Genesis Extruded Guinea Pig Food is a complete food fortified based on fresh vegetative ingredients, fortified with essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamin C and other essential vitamins and minerals all in a convenient effective extruded croquette. The guinea pig was first enlisted in Lavoisier’s experiments on the essentiality of oxygen in the late 1700’s, and Koch’s “Germ theory” in the late 1800’s. The guinea pig has a long record of domestication where it was originally produced for food. The guinea pig is a fastidious eater, and will consume numerous small meals throughout the day. The guinea pig has a large semi-circular cecum with lateral pouches – similar to a rabbit. Abundant fermentation occurs in the cecum and coupled with copraphgy supplies the guinea pig with a supply of B vitamins and essential amino acids. As noted previously the dietary guidelines used for the rat, mouse, and rabbit are generally sufficient for guinea pig nutritional considerations. The guinea pig does have a unique need for elevated dietary Vitamin C levels to promote collagen synthesis, wound healing, and bone growth. The guinea pig also has an elevated requirement for vitamin A which can in part be supported by B-carotene. The Genesis Extruded Guinea Pig Food is produced with special attention to supporting the nutritional requirements of the guinea pig throughout all life stages. As noted above, this diet possesses sufficient vegetative fiber sources, probiotics, and prebiotics to promote good cecal fermentation, and adequate vitamin C to meet the unique needs of the guinea pig. This method of food delivery also assures that the guinea pig has adequate hard-fibrous food to support healthy tooth wear, and to encapsulate all the essential nutrients in every morsel.
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Urinary Tract Infection Guinea Pig

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Guinea Pig Health News for October 25 2017

Undercover Guinea Pigs: Dealing with Bloat

Mummy believes the Baytril I was given for conjunctivitis made me stop eating causing gut stasis which then lead to bloat. So how did I get better? When I first went to the vet they gave me metaclopramide injection and gave Mummy metaclopramide tablet to give me at home as well as syringe feeding me, this failed to help I would eat a few leaves if handfed and accept the syringe but I couldn’t poop. I went back to vet again they kept me overnight with no success and then they took x-ray when they saw black mass they told Mummy they couldn’t help me and that it didn’t look goodthey let Mummy take me home and she made an appointment to see a guinea pig savvy vet first thing the next morning. Mummy spoke to the Piggyfriends rodentologist who suggested she give me 1ml infacol straight away and 1ml at bedtime. Mummy did this she also massaged my tummy and made me move around she also syringed me food and water and I managed a few tiny poops. The following day Mummy came and collected me after work, I still didn’t really want to eat but as long as I had food syringed I would poop, Mummy promised to syringe feed me forever if thats what I needed. Mummy gave me 1ml infacol, acidophilus more tummy massages and running around. Mummy kept letting me mow the lawn when sunny and cutting me grass when it wasn’t, working on the theory that it was better for me to eat something for myself. As long as Mummy kept the food coming in I kept the poops coming out but I did not want to eat for myself. The day after my first dose I ate some pepper and cucumber for myself, within 3 days I was back to eating normally and we stopped the olive oil, Mummy says it was my miracle cure!! Mummy then started reducing my syringe feeds I went from 20ml morning, noon and night to 20ml morning and night with 10ml at noon. Mummy cut back again 15ml morning and night and 5 ml at noon stayed same weight.
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FELASA recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units.

FELASA recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units. The microbiological quality of experimental animals can critically influence animal welfare and the validity and reproducibility of research data. It is therefore important for breeding and experimental facilities to establish a laboratory animal health monitoring programme as an integrated part of any quality assurance system. FELASA has published recommendations for the HM of rodent and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units, with the intention of harmonizing HM programmes. As stated in the preamble, these recommendations need to be adapted periodically to meet current developments in laboratory animal medicine. Accordingly, previous recommendations have been revised and shall be replaced by the present recommendations. These recommendations are aimed at all breeders and users of laboratory mice, rats, Syrian hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits as well as diagnostic laboratories. They describe essential aspects of HM, such as the choice of agents, selection of animals and tissues for testing, frequency of sampling, commonly used test methods, interpretation of results and HM reporting. Compared with previous recommendations, more emphasis is put on the role of a person with sufficient understanding of the principles of HM, opportunistic agents, the use of sentinel animals and the interpretation and reporting of HM results. Relevant agents, testing frequencies and literature references are updated. Supplementary information on specific agents and the number of animals to be monitored and an example of a HM programme description is provided in the appendices. PMID: 24496575 FELASA recommendations for the health monitoring of mouse, rat, hamster, guinea pig and rabbit colonies in breeding and experimental units.
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The History of Guinea Pigs

In the beginning…. The common guinea pig was first domesticated as early as 5000 BC for food by tribes in the Andes region of South America,some thousands of years after the domestication of the South American camelids. 500 BC to 500 AD that depict guinea pigs have been unearthed in archaeological. People of ancient Peru worshipped animals and often depicted the guinea pig in their art. In 1532, selective breeding resulted in many varieties of domestic guinea pigs, which form the basis for some of the modern domestic breeds. Traditions involving guinea pigs are numerous; they are exchanged as gifts, used in customary social and religious ceremonies, and frequently referenced in spoken metaphors. Black guinea pigs are considered especially useful for diagnoses. Among the upper classes and royalty, including Queen Elizabeth I. The earliest known written account of the guinea pig dates from 1547, in a description of the animal from Santo Domingo. Guinea Pigs are also known as “Cavies” from the latin “Cavia Porcellus” meaning little pig. Imagine 16th century explorers arriving in south america and coming across Guinea Pigs, i am sure they would have been fascinated by their vocal language. This is an amazing glimpse into the past and confirms the Guinea Pigs arrival in Great Britain and the start of their journey to become one of the nations favourite pets. There are several thoughts on the origin of the term Guinea Pig.It is possible they may have been sold for a “Guinea” hence the name and the pig, well from their lovely squeaks and appetite !! However, this has been disputed due to the fact the the introduction of Guinea Pigs preceeded the guinea currency. Coming soon Beatrix Potter and her love for Guinea Pigs ……………..
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Routine Health Care of Guinea Pigs

This allows you a regular special time with your pet. It also provides you with the opportunity to check your pet for possible skin problems, injuries, sudden weight gain or loss, dental problems, and other health problems. Some signs to look for when a guinea pig is sick include loss of appetite, weight loss, hunched posture, an abnormal walk or a limp, a belly that is unusually skinny or abnormally large, a change in the consistency of the hair coat, or difficulty breathing. Sick guinea pigs may have decreased energy or not respond to noises or touch. The most common health problems for these animals are problems with the lungs or the digestive system, so a sick guinea pig may also have discharge or oozing from the eyes or nose, or diarrhea. Dental problems are also common, so check your pet’s mouth for drooling, overgrown teeth, or swelling. You should also check your pet’s ears for oozing or irritation, and examine its feet for sores or broken nails. If you notice any of these signs, it is best to take the guinea pig to the veterinarian promptly. These small pets can become sick quickly, and identifying and treating the problem right away can be critical.
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Guinea Pig Health News for October 24 2017

Guinea Pig Health

In order to keep your Guinea pig in the best possible condition, you will need to handle him daily, check him over for signs of illness and injuries. Is your Guinea pig behaving the way he usually does? Many experienced Animal owners will tell you the first sign that they have of illness is: “The Animal just didn’t act the same”. Eye condition: A healthy Guinea pig has bright, alert eyes. Watery eyes, eyes with lots of redness, and pus are all signs of an eye infection that needs veterinary attention. Dull eyes indicate that the Guinea pig isn’t feeling well, and you need to investigate further to determine the cause. Sensitivity of Guinea Pigs to Certain Antibiotics: Guinea pigs as a group are unusually sensitive to certain antibiotics, whether they are given orally or by injection. Interestingly, even certain antibiotics used topically may produce lethal effects. The major way in which certain antibiotics cause reactions is by altering the normal microbial balance within the gastrointestinal tract Once the normal intestinal microfloral balance has been upset, certain bacteria multiply to abnormally large numbers. Certain antibiotics are directly toxic and do not alter the microbial balance within the gastrointestinal tract. These antibiotics should never be used in guinea pigs. Though injectable antibiotics can cause the problems described above, oral antibiotics are more often associated with them. Antibiotics should never be given to guinea pigs unless they are prescribed by a veterinarian. If oral or injectable antibiotics are prescribed, 2 1/2 cc of plain, white yogurt should be given orally to the treated animal morning and evening for the duration of the antibiotic therapy and for an additional 5-7 days afterward. Yogurt helps replace those beneficial intestinal bacteria that often perish during antibiotic treatment.
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Amazon.com: guinea pig health

Pot Belly Pigs. Pot Belly Pigs Complete Owners Guide. Pot Bellied Pigs care, health, temperament, training, senses, costs, feeding and activities.
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VCA Animal Hospital

The following is a brief description of some of the more common problems of guinea pigs, which include respiratory infections, diarrhea,scurvy, tumors, abscesses due to infection, urinary problems and infestations by lice, mites or fungus. Pneumonia is one of the most significant diseases of pet guinea pigs and can be caused by a number of bacteria, including Bordetella and Streptococcus. “Pneumonia is one of the most significant diseases of pet guinea pigs.” In guinea pigs and primates, including man, one key essential nutrient is vitamin C. The vast majority of other animals can produce their own vitamin C through their intestinal bacterial flora but guinea pigs and primates are unable to do this. A guinea pig that has a rough hair coat, is off food, has diarrhea, is reluctant to walk, perhaps seems painful, has swollen feet or joints, or has hemorrhages and ulcers on its gums or skin is likely to be deficient in vitamin C. “In guinea pigs and primates, including man, one key essential nutrient is vitamin C.”. Guinea pigs need 10 – 50 mg of vitamin C per day, depending on the condition of the animal. If your guinea pig develops a deficiency, it is much better to give a crushed vitamin C tablet or liquid by mouth rather than in the drinking water, since the vitamin also breaks down rapidly in water and loses its potency. Tumors Guinea pigs can get various tumors but skin tumors and mammary tumors are the most common. Female pigs are more prone to cystitis then are male guinea pigs and often stones develop in association with a bladder infection. The signs of urinary problems include anorexia, blood in the urine, straining to urinate, a hunched posture; if an obstruction has occurred, the guinea pig will be unable to produce urine. Guinea pigs are prone to ringworm, which is a fungal infection, not an actual worm. Guinea pigs can get fleas and lice; fleas usually diagnosed by finding the adults or their feces on the skin or in the fur; lice are often diagnosed microscopically by observing either the adults or eggs on a sample of hair and skin debris. Barbering is a problem, usually associated with boredom, in which the guinea pig chews or barbers its own hair so that it looks like it has been given a “Brush cut”. Providing the guinea pig with more stimulation, redirecting its attention to other chewing activities by providing more hay or chew toys; if the barbering was done by another guinea pig, separation of the two may be necessary.
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Guinea Pig Health News for October 23 2017

Organic Guinea Pig’s Health Revolution – Kindle edition by …

Organic Guinea Pig’s Health Revolution – Kindle edition by Dale Preece-Kelly. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features …
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Guinea Pig Food

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Guinea Pigs – Petcha

Find articles and information on guinea pig care and guinea pig health. Guinea Pig Breeds Critter Breeders Experts Behavior Select Your Species or Breed by Letter A B …
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Guinea Pig Health News for October 22 2017

How to Care for Pet Guinea Pigs

Names and Terms for Guinea Pigs Latin name – Cavia porcellus CaviesFemales are called sows, males are called boars, and babies called pups. Hairless varieties are called “Skinny” pigs. Appearance of Guinea PigsGuinea pigs are approximately 10 inches long and weight two to three pounds. Before You Decide on a Pet Guinea PigGuinea pigs are social animals and you should consider keeping a same sex pair so they have someone to socialize with. While usually quiet, guinea pigs can call out pretty loudly and can be active both day and night. Guinea pigs may be nervous at first but rarely bite and generally become very tame with frequent handling. Purchasing a Guinea PigPet stores are a common source for pet guinea pigs but they should only be purchased from a store if the store/staff are knowledgeable about guinea pigs, keep them in appropriate, clean housing with a good diet, and handle the guinea pigs regularly. Breeders are your best option if looking for a show quality pig, a specific breed and even pet quality pigs. Shelters have guinea pigs more often than you might think. This is a great way to give a guinea pig a second chance at life. Guinea pigs from shelters might be a little more skittish at first if they were not handled much while they were young but most will settle down in their new homes once a routine is established. Whichever source for purchasing a guinea pig is chosen, make sure they appear to be in good health, body condition, are well socialized, and are easy to handle. Choosing a Guinea PigTry to avoid guinea pigs that are panicky when handled, especially if they do not relax quickly. Avoid guinea pigs that are overly skinny or grossly overweight.
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5 Simple Health Checks for Your Guinea Pig

These are some really easy ways to keep an eye on your guinea pigs’ health. Guinea Pigs are prone to a variety of illnesses and often do a very good job of hiding the fact they’re sick. Here are 5 simple ways you can keep an eye on their health and hopefully catch issues before they become serious. It’s a good idea to weigh your pigs at least once a week. Make sure you account for the weight of whatever you put the pigs in by either setting the weight to zero before putting the pigs in, or weighing the container and removing that number from the results. It’s often a good indication they’ve got too much calcium in their diet, so be sure to assess what you’re feeding them and change accordingly. Every now and then when you pick up your pigs for hugs, or just to take them out of the cage, it’s a good idea to give them a quick once-over. Check their fur for mites, lice, or sudden fur loss, which can be symptom of a wide variety of issues and should be examined by a vet ASAP. Check their noses for crusty buildups, which are a good sign of infection, and while you’re there check their teeth to make sure they’re not overgrown. Changes in a piggy’s sounds can sometimes indicate respiratory problems – however our Elsa pig was unable to wheek properly when we got her, which had us worried, but the vet said she was healthy and it was likely a birth defect. Also listen out for pigs squeaking when going to the toilet – it shouldn’t hurt, and if the pig is audibly having difficulty it’s a good sign that something’s wrong and they need a checkup. Any major, unexplained change in piggy behaviour is worth checking out. If your pig is less active, or eating less, or sleeping more, it can be a good sign your pig is either depressed or very unwell, and you should see a vet. You also need to be aware if your pigs are starting to fight a lot; this isn’t necessarily a health issue, but can quickly lead to one if they injure each other. Make a habit of performing these five simple checks and you’ll hopefully end up with much happier, healthy pigs!
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Common Guinea Pig Health Problems

Guinea pigs are generally very active animals, and signs of any health problems become immediately visible. The deterioration rate of the guinea pig is very fast and if not treated immediately, it could result in sudden death. Abnormal dietary habits results in diarrhea and intestinal problems. It is better to avoid feeding your guinea pigs with foods rich in starches, sugar, carbohydrates and fruits. Streptococcal infections are bacterial infections that could be fatal to the guinea pig if not treated in the early stages. Guinea pigs generally do not refrain from eating and hence, if you see the pig refraining from food, then it is important to immediately seek medical help as there is a very high possibility that the guinea pig is sick. Anorexia results in the breaking of liver cells which deteriorates the health of the pig rapidly. Heart problems and blood circulation problems manifest by excessive panting, snout and blue-tinged lips. The guinea pig should not strain more than 10 minutes while delivering the baby or stop trying to deliver due to exhaustion. The pigs squeal too much while delivering and the placenta is not produced during the delivery. Pigs suffering from diarrhea look very ill and are not active. Side effects caused due to antibiotics can result in indigestion problems as the useful bacteria can also be killed. This is generally mistaken for another disease called scurvy caused due to lack of vitamin C. Open wounds, scaly skin, excessive scratching and pain are signs of fungal infections in the pigs. Guinea pigs do not recover automatically if they catch infections.
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Guinea Pig Health News for October 21 2017

Eclipse Critters A Guinea Pig Blog

Right before starting this blog, we lost Rowlf, one of our ferrets, to insulinoma. Then shortly after starting the blog, we lost Ben, another ferret to the same disease. Both ferrets were over 7 years old so we knew we didn’t have much time left with them but it was Continue reading Goodbye, Warren.
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Guinea Pig Care

As well as feeding, grooming and keeping their environment clean, it is an essential part of daily care to keep an eye on your guinea pig’s health. You should perform a specific health check on your guinea pig each week in addition to daily care. If your guinea pig is used to you picking them up and petting them then it will readily tolerate closer inspection. In some cases, such as stress, your guinea pig will develop signs of an infection. Your guinea pig may also need antibiotics to treat any underlying infection. All guinea pigs can receive accidental injuries whether it’s from a fall or altercations with other pets including their fellow guinea pig mates. Check your guinea pig more frequently and be very gentle when looking for signs of injury. Guinea pigs should always have fresh water, a clean supply of grass hay, fresh vegetables and a quality supply of food designed for guinea pigs. Grooming your guinea pig is an essential part of the regular care routine and gives you both an opportunity to bond. Handling your guinea pig whilst grooming keeps them used to human contact and also makes health checks and trips to the vet far easier to manage. Grooming time is a great way to perform your routine health checks whilst enjoying some quality time with your guinea pig. Giving them a weekly weigh in is very easy to do and will inform you about whether your guinea pig is getting too much food and exercise. The average life expectancy of a guinea pig is between 5 and 7 years and, as they approach old age you can expect your pet to experience changes. You can purchase pet insurance for your guinea pig from as little as £5 per month which can help meet the cost of any unexpected treatments from injuries as well as pay towards any ongoing treatments.
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Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Guinea Pig Food | Petco

5 lbs. guinea pig food is rich in natural antioxidants for general health and immune support. Probiotics and prebiotics aid in digestive health. Naturally preserved …
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