Guinea Pig Health News for December 30 2017

Health Problems with Guinea Pigs

If the parasite infection and itchiness are intense enough, guinea pigs can suffer from seizures. More commonly the signs are not so severe to cause seizures but guinea pigs do tend to break their skin while itching and a secondary bacterial infection occurs. These sores often occur from overweight guinea pigs or vitamin C deficient pigs housed on inappropriate bedding. Strong smelling wood shavings contain oils that predispose guinea pigs to respiratory disease. Guinea pigs should never be housed with rabbits for a number of reasons, one of which is that rabbits can carry Bordetella and not show signs of illness. Please see our care sheets for guinea pig diet suggestions and healthy guinea pig veggie sheet for a discussion of appropriate foods for your pig. Guinea pigs have teeth that grow throughout their lifetime. In guinea pigs, normally aligned molars act to wear each other down during the act of chewing. The best way for your guinea pig to wear his back teeth down is with his food, as the chew toys or wood blocks only will come in contact with the front incisors and not the back teeth where the most common problems arise. A guinea pig requires fresh pellets made specifically for guinea pigs. In our experience here at Chicago Exotics, we commonly see older guinea pigs with advanced heart disease. Guinea pigs can get ear infections that affect either the outer portion, the middle canal or the inner portion of the ear.
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New Pet Guinea Pig Checklist

So you’re about to become a pet parent to a guinea pig, Congratulations! When getting a new pet, it’s fun to pick out a name and snap cute pictures, but it is most important to provide quality care to your new animal. Guinea pigs are entertaining, loving, and adorable pets, making them great for families with or without children. Bringing a new pet home can be exciting and overwhelming with the amount of products you will need. Our Kaytee experts have compiled the ultimate new pet checklist to help you provide the best home for your new guinea pig. Must Haves: Habitat – Shop All Habitats Here It is important that your pet has a safe area they can call home. Find what fits best for the size of your pet and the area of your home where the habitat will be located. We recommend Kaytee Clean & Cozy paper bedding for your new pet guinea pig. Plus, it’s 99.9% dust free for a cleaner cage and healthier pet. Find the right size specific to guinea pigs to ensure your pet can easily drink water whenever they need it. Whether you provide your guinea pig with a healthy support diet, gourmet variety diet or a Premium Timothy Fiber Diet, our products will keep your pet happy and healthy. Whichever diet you choose, we’ve made sure they contain the Vitamin C your pet needs. Treats, Chews, and Toys – Shop all Treats, Chews, and ToysTreats, toys, and chews are available for guinea pigs to keep your pet happy.
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Housing and Feeding Your Guinea Pig

Dr. Kenneth Welle, an exotic pet veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, has advice on housing and feeding your guinea pig. A guinea pig cage should have a solid floor covered in bedding rather than a wire-bottom cage, which can cause problems if the guinea pig catches its toes on the wire. If you use a cage with a wire floor, be sure to provide another surface where the guinea pig can relieve its feet. Cleanliness is very important for good guinea pig health. Legume hays may be appropriate for growing guinea pigs or pregnant ones, but not for adult guinea pigs. Dr. Welle recommended limiting pellets by weight: 1 tablespoon pellets per pound of guinea pig. Young, growing guinea pigs can have unlimited access to pelleted guinea pig food. If you do want to get your guinea pig a salt lick, the colored salt-and-mineral ones are better than the plain white ones, which have no added minerals. Salt licks can also help with getting your guinea pig to drink more water, if that is a concern. Guinea pig digestive systems are designed for grass diets, which are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. If your guinea pig has been on such a diet, switch to a plain pellet and hay diet gradually. So what can you give your guinea pig for a treat? Think dark, leafy green vegetables, such as collard greens, parsley, and dandelion.
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 29 2017

Guinea Pig Care & Health

There are over 40 different breeds of guinea pig recognised by the British Cavy Council and these include many different colours, coat types and coat lengths so there is definitely a guinea pig to suit everyone. Guinea pigs live on average for 4-8 years and owning them is very rewarding, but it is also a big responsibility and commitment in terms of care and finances, so please think about this before you buy your guinea pigs. Guinea pigs have certainly been around people for a very long time and have played an important role in the culture of many indigenous groups in South America, not only as a food source but also in medicine and in religious ceremonies; statues of guinea pigs that date from around 500 BC to 500 AD have been found in Peru and it is believed some of the ancient Peruvian tribes depicted the guinea pig in their art. The guinea pigs that we now keep as pets are descendants of wild guinea pigs found in the Andes that were introduced to Europe in the 16th century. No one knows exactly where the name Guinea Pig came from, but in the 16th century traders brought guinea pigs over from South America to Europe and it is possible that they stopped at Guiana on their journey, which may have led to people thinking this is where they came from. A nutritious diet of good quality hay, a varied supply of fresh veggies and fruit and small amounts of dry pellet food that is specially designed for guinea pigs should be enough to maintain a healthy intake of Vitamin C. Good sources of vitamin C for Guinea pigs are red and green bell peppers, Parsley, Broccoli and Curly Kale; although there are foods that have higher Vitamin C content than these, such as cabbage, spinach, beetroot greens, oranges, kiwis & grapefruit, these need to be fed sparingly due to high calcium content or acidity. Guinea pigs are ‘prey’ animals and are genetically programmed to always be on the lookout for and run away from danger, which can mean that it may take a little while for your guinea pig to learn to trust you. Don’t pick your guinea pig up if you don’t have too, they are so much happier with all four paws on the ground! Instead sit on the floor and encourage your guinea pig onto your lap for strokes and cuddles using food. If you do need to pick up your guinea pig, always do it by placing one hand under the chest and use the other to support their hind quarters – always make sure you have a firm hold of your guinea pig while you are holding them, as falling from a height can injure them. Traditionally Guinea pigs have always been kept in hutches in the garden, however guinea pigs are just as happy when kept indoors. Fleece/Vetbed/Towels – commonly used for indoor guinea pigs This keeps guinea pigs dry and is soft on their feet also. Daily Health Care Bottom – Guinea pigs normally pass faecal pellets as well as the softer caecotrophs which they eat.
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A Comprehensive Glimpse about Guinea Pig Life Span

Guinea Pig Life Span – One of the most essential aspects that pet owners need to take into consideration is the normal life span of the specie they are going to choose. As far as guinea pig life span is concerned, they are not the same as traditional domesticated type of pets such as dogs and cats. Guinea pig life span may last four around four up to five years or even more while hamsters and mice can only live for a couple of years. Longer life span of guinea pigs manifest longer commitment and responsibility particularly if you really wanted to let your guinea pig lives healthy and happy life. According to School Veterinary Medicine website of University of Pennsylvania, the duration of the guinea pig life span relies on the extent of love and care they are receiving that comes from their owner. Despite of the fact that the average expected guinea pig life span is about five up to seven years, there are still some other breeds and species of this animal which may luckily survived for fourteen years or even more. If you wanted to spend time with your guinea pigs for longer span of time, then you may choose to have a kind of guinea that exceeds normal guinea pig life span. Does the lifespan of guinea pigs depend on their kind – a common question of those people who are not aware of the best type of guinea pigs they are going to choose? Well, the lifespan of a guinea pig doesn’t necessarily depend on their kind; it’s more on their vulnerability. Despite of the fact that breed is not an essential factor in guinea pig life span, still you need to take it into consideration before you finally choose one. Hairless guinea pig may offer higher average of life span from seven up to eight years when compared to other kinds. Apart from the food, there are also other things you need to consider when it comes to guinea pig life span and that includes some health issues. If there are two guinea pigs in one cage, the death of one will let the surviving one extremely lonely and sad. Bringing inside the cage a New Guinea pig as a replacement will be an essential thing to do but you need to allow the remaining guinea to grieve from their loss.
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Guinea Pig Facts

They bred them as pets and for food and offered them as sacrifices to their gods, according to Sharon Lynn Vanderlip, author of “The Guinea Pig Handbook”. No one is really sure where the name Guinea pig came from. The name may come from the price of a Guinea pig in 16th-century England: 1 guinea. According to ADW, there are 13 commonly recognized types or breeds of guinea pig: American, American satin, Abyssinian, Abyssinian satin, Peruvian, Peruvian satin, silkie, silkie satin, teddy, teddy satin, texel, coronet and the white crested. While domesticated Guinea pigs are no longer found in the wild, they do have some cousins, also called Guinea pigs, in South America that live in forests, savannas, mountainous grasslands and bushy areas. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Brazilian Guinea pig is found in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Bolivia, northern Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. The Moleques do Sul Guinea pig is from Moleques Island do Sul, a 25-acre island in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The shiny Guinea pig is found in coastal areas of southeastern Brazil. The greater Guinea pig occurs in southern Brazil and Uruguay. The Montane Guinea pig ranges from northwestern Argentina and northern Chile to Peru. Typically, domesticated Guinea pigs eat processed pellets made from alfalfa hay or timothy hay and vitamins and minerals that Guinea pigs need to be healthy. Genus: Cavia Species: Cavia aperea; Cavia fulgida; Cavia intermedia; Cavia magna; Cavia porcellus(domesticated Guinea pig); Cavia tschudii.
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 28 2017

Guinea Pig Care Sheet & Guide | PetSmart

Caring for your guinea pig involves providing the proper diet, housing, and toys, and having the right supplies to clean up after your small pet.
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Guinea Pig Health Care – Erin’s Ark pet care guide

Here you can learn how to keep your guinea pigs healthy. The guide covers weighing, nail clipping, grooming and syringe feeding.
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Guinea Pig Care & Facts: How to Take Care of a Guinea Pig …

Guinea Pig Cavia porcellus. Guinea pigs are social companion animals … Consult with a veterinarian if a guinea pig’s teeth or nails seem too long. Health Signs of a …
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 27 2017

Routine Health Care of Guinea Pigs – Merck Veterinary Manual

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 …
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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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From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea …

But there may be more to gain from eating guinea pig than bizarre foods bragging rights. According to activists, eating guinea pig is good for the environment.
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 26 2017

Amazon.com: guinea pig balls: Health & Household

Online shopping from a great selection at Health & Household Store.
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Guinea Pig Health Monitoring | Charles River

Charles River offers multiple testing methods, including serology, necropsy, parasitology and microbiology, for monitoring the health of guinea pig colonies.
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Guinea Pigs Harbor a Hidden Health Hazard – Consumer

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Been looking for a reason to turn down your child’s pleas for a pet Guinea pig? Dutch researchers say the rodents may carry …
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 25 2017

3 Ways to Care for an Elderly Guinea Pig – wikiHow

How to Care for an Elderly Guinea Pig. Guinea pigs, also known as cavies, can live between 5-8 years. Living past the age of 5 qualifies the guinea pig as a “senior …
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Tips for Your Male Guinea Pig’s Routine Boar Cleanings …

Filed under Preventive Care · Tagged with adoption, care, guinea pig, health, … 10 Responses to “Tips for Your Male Guinea Pig’s Routine Boar Cleanings …
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Tips in Caring for a Guinea Pig – Mercola.com

A guinea pig or “cavy” is a great option for people who want a pint-sized pet.
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 24 2017

Weekly Guinea Pig Health Check – YouTube

This is my weekly guinea pig health check to make sure that none of my guinea pigs hide an illness from me …
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Keeping Your Guinea Pig Healthy – PetPlace

A healthy guinea pig’s eyes are bright and clear with no sign of cloudiness. His nose should also be clear and his hair shiny and clean, even under his rump. His …
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Amazon.com: guinea pig – Guinea Pigs / Food / Small …

Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Guinea Pig Food, 5-Pound. 4.1 out of 5 stars 138. $5.50 $ 5 50 $8.83
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 23 2017

How to Care for Guinea Pigs

Provide the guinea pig with a few inches of bedding made of paper. Take caution because paper holds smell, and be sure to change it at least twice every week or more often if you live in a humid area. Make sure to never use cedar or pine bedding, as it can cause respiratory problems. Aspen is usually alright, but be sure to air it out if it seems especially odorous. You can use a soft fleece blanket with a UHaul pad or other absorbent layer underneath to absorb everything without having to clean off bedding from your guinea pig.
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Guinea Pig Health Archives

There are many types of dry feed available on the market for Guinea Pigs, but the best is the complete nugget style rather than the muesli. Guinea Pigs will eat the bits they like out of the muesli and are therefore in danger of not.
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Being A Guinea Pig For Science Can Be A Long, Slow Slog – NPR

Health News From NPR. Your Health; Treatments & Tests; Health Inc. Policy-ish; Public Health; Twitter; Treatments. Being A Guinea Pig For Science Can Be A …
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 22 2017

Things to Avoid to Keep Your Guinea Pigs Healthy

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How to Care for a Pregnant Guinea Pig

Intervene yourself with the pups only when absolutely necessary. Occasionally, with large litters, if the pups emerge too quickly, the mother will not have time to break the amniotic sac herself. In these cases, and only if you are sure the mother will not do it herself, carefully pick up the pup with a clean towel and remove the sac yourself, clearing any fluid from the face. Do not use your fingers or nails as you could accidentally scratch the pup’s eyes. Whilst a pup becoming stuck in the birth canal or born breech is common, never intervene yourself. Only a skilled and experienced veterinarian should attempt to manipulate the position of pups before they are born.
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Oxbow Animal Health

Providing high quality hay is one of your most important responsibilities as the caretaker of a small herbivore. Whether you’re a first-time pet parent, or an experienced pet caretaker, selecting the right hay to meet your animals’ needs can be an intimidating process. This guide is designed to make the hay selection process as easy and enjoyable as possible. From understanding di erences between types of hay and hay cuttings, to helpful tips for evaluating and selecting premium hay, we hope this guide will help you increase your knowledge and confidence when it comes to selecting hay for your pets.
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While you should provide your pet with a quality commercial guinea pig food, he needs more than that to thrive. Guinea pigs always should have a supply of good timothy or grass hay to chew on. The hay fiber not only keeps the intestinal tract moving, but it helps wear down the cavy’s continuously growing teeth. Offer your pet small amounts of fresh lettuce, kale or spinach daily, removing any uneaten food by the next day. Guinea pigs appreciate small fruit treats, such as blueberries or apples, a few times a week. Your guinea pig should always have fresh water available.
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 21 2017

Caring for Pet Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs, also known as “Cavies,” are rotund rodents from South America. Exercise wheels result in damaged backs, injured feet, and generally unhealthy Guinea pigs. Instead, provide a clear bit of floor for the Guinea pigs to just run around. Some people have even started teaching their Guinea pigs to jump over very short toy horse oxers. Fresh grass hay must be available at all times, and good Timothy-grass-based Guinea pig pellets ought to be the main part of your pet’s meals. Some people take their cavies to the vet for every trim. How often this brushing is needed will depend on what kind of Guinea pig you have. HOME ENVIRONMENT. Cavies neither climb nor jump very high, and so their enclosures do not need to be covered. As long as the walls are at least 10″/25″ tall, the Guinea pig will not get out. A Guinea pig “Hidey hut” is a nice addition to the enclosure, because it gives the piggy a place to hide when he feels nervous. Guinea pigs are delightful pets that enjoy the company of their humans and of their fellow Guinea pigs. If you have decided that they are the right addition to your household, your next steps are to locate a veterinarian who has experience with rodents, to stock up on Guinea pig food, and to set up your cavy enclosure.
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4 Common Health Problems in Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are usually sicker than you think once you notice something is wrong. Find a veterinarian in your area who is knowledgeable about guinea pigs before you are in a crisis. If you start out with a healthy guinea pig and pay attention to simple but important care guidelines, piggies usually remain free of disease. Environmental changes, poor care, stress or neglect occurs, sick guinea pigs are not easy to cure. Here are some of the most common problems I see in my practice concerning guinea pigs – and how you can avoid them. A few dietary guidelines should keep your guinea pig in tip-top health. One of the most worrisome conditions in pet guinea pigs is gut stasis, where the GI tract slows down. Only a few antibiotics are safe to use in guinea pigs. Young pigs are particularly at risk if they came from a pet store or environment with poor husbandry, had a bad or stressful start to life, or were exposed to other pigs who are infected or carriers of respiratory disease. Guinea pigs can scratch so severely that they appear to have a seizure. Dermatophytosis, a fungal infection, is also seen in guinea pigs. If your guinea pig becomes ill, don’t delay in seeking veterinary care.
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Rabbit, Guinea Pig, And Small Mammal Information From Lafeber Company

Welcome to the world of rabbits, guinea pigs, and small mammal pets! Rabbits and guinea pigs are two of the more popular small mammal pets, but you already know that if you have one of these precious souls. Lafeber Company wants you and your furry companions to enjoy the best life possible together, so we’ve brought together information to help you do just that. For guinea pigs and rabbits, as with many pets, the challenge is to take care of both the physical needs like food and shelter, and also mental needs, which means preventing boredom and encouraging engagement. Keep in mind that enrichment like the nutritious foraging prompted by Lafeber’s® Hey!Berriesâ„¢ makes rabbits and guinea pigs smile! OK, maybe they don’t actually smile, but they probably would if they could.
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Guinea Lynx :: A Medical and Care Guide for Your Guinea Pig

A comprehensive medical and care guide for the care of guinea pigs.
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