Guinea Pig Health News for January 05 2018

Guinea Pig Nutrition: Diet, Feeding, Supplements

Nutritional needs, what to feed and when to feed your guinea pig are explained.
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General Guinea Pig Health??

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Guinea Pig Health News for January 04 2018

Guinea Pig Books

Join the forum, learn more about cages, care, health and guinea pigs in general. Find materials to make your own, find a guinea pig for adoption, find a vet, a pigsitter and more!
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Probiotic Powder for Digestive Health for guinea pigs

Join the forum, learn more about cages, care, health and guinea pigs in general. Find materials to make your own, find a guinea pig for adoption, find a vet, a pigsitter and more!
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Guinea Pig Education, Guinea Pig Rescue, Adopt A Guinea Pig

HEAlTH. symptoms, should i see a vet?, medical, how to give critical care. RESCUED GUINEA PIGS, the life of a rescue, should i rescue?
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Guinea Pig Health News for January 03 2018

Timothy-Based Guinea Pig Diet # 5E6A

Ensure that food is replaced frequently and provided in appropriate feeders. If supplementation is desired, it is recommended to offer supplements at 25% or less of the diet. The choice of supplementation will vary with life stage and animal preference. In general, good quality grass hay and leafy greens are ideal supplemental food items for adult animals. Growing animals may benefit from higher protein found in alfalfa hay. Fruit supplementation should be minimal to avoid excess dietary sugar. Always provide animal with plenty of fresh, clean water. For best results, ensure bag seal is fully closed during storage.
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Guinea Pig Nutrition |

Your guinea pig should have unlimited access to a variety of quality grass hays. Among many benefits, hay helps prevent obesity, dental disease, diarrhea, and boredom. Since replacing the hay in your guinea pig’s habitat can encourage picky eating, we recommend changing it only when soiled. Young, pregnant, nursing or ill animals can benefit from eating alfalfa hay in addition to grass hay because of the higher nutritional elements. Otherwise, alfalfa should only be given occasionally as a treat.
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Animal Humane Society

Guinea pigs are tail-less rodents with long, short, or sometimes wild hair that ranges in color. When full grown, they weigh around 1-2 pounds and are 8-10 inches long. Described as cuddly and comical, guinea pigs love to vocalize with squeals, chirps, squeaks, and whistles. They make wonderful pets for children and can be very social animals. Guinea pigs are hardy little animals, and their easy care makes them especially affordable pets!
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Guinea Pig Health News for January 02 2018

Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue

As the largest guinea pig welfare organization in the USA, LA Guinea Pig Rescue serves Los Angeles City, County and surrounding cities. Over 800 guinea pigs were rescued and re-homed in 2016 alone. LAGPR offers rescue, sanctuary and adoption services as well as free wellness checks, nail clips, advice and ongoing support to all guinea pigs and their owners. Guinea pigs are rescued from city shelters and private parties. We rely solely on donations and volunteers to keep going. LAGPR also operates a sanctuary for nonsocial and extra-large South American Cuy guinea pigs currently sold in National pet store chains, that are not suited for life as a pet due to their size, strength and fear of humans. Founder Saskia Chiesa started the organization in 1999 shortly after arriving here from her native Holland. Every Saturday you will find these three at the rescue, it is likely that one of them will be helping you with a health check or adoption!
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Diarrhea in Guinea Pigs

Diarrhea often occurs as a symptom of a secondary condition, including disease, infection or improper diet, all causing the guinea pig’s digestive system to become upset. Whatever the reason, diarrhea needs to be treated promptly, as it can lead to dehydration. Bacterial, viral and parasitic infections can all lead to digestive problems in guinea pigs, and thus diarrhea. A diet consisting of more grains and soluble sugars and little or no fiber can also cause diarrhea in guinea pigs, as it can upset the bacterial population and increase the harmful bacteria inside the animal’s digestive system. Other than observing your guinea pig’s clinical signs, your veterinarian will confirm a diagnosis of diarrhea by completing a dietary history of the animal and examining its blood and stool samples for infectious organisms.
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9 Wonderful Benefits of Owning a Guinea Pig

Not only are they cute, their meek, docile nature can make everyone, grown-ups and children alike, want to pet them, protect them and help them feel that all is right with the world. It can be a wonderful feeling to have pets that look to you to be kept safe. These are inexpensive, sweet-tempered pets that ask for nothing more than a little love. Here are a few more reasons why guinea pigs make wonderful pets. Guinea pigs are typically either free to adopt or cost little at pet stores. If you buy your cavy, you may need to pay a little extra for one of the rarer breeds. Guinea pigs don’t all need to look the same, either. You get to choose by body weight, length of fur and color.
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Guinea Pig Health News for January 01 2018

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Guinea Pig Dry Foods

Not only does my piggie love it, it’s one of the best foods out there. Corn in guinea pig food is just like corn in cat or dog food: a filler with no nutritional value. Though a mixture, it does not have the treat pieces found in other foods. The Bonanza version of LM’s dry food is a nice surprise. While I am usually a fan of Vitakraft products, this guinea pig food is a let-down. An alfalfa-based mixture food with high corn content and relatively-low Vitamin C content. A pelleted, timothy-based food with an unfortunate low Vitamin C content. While there are no treats mixed in, my worry is the preservative ethoxyquin, one of the most debated preservatives used in dog foods. A mixture food with tons of alfalfa, low vitamin content, and lots of treats and crunchy bits for your piggie to sift through, this food affords for a picky piggie. Often pet stores will buy various foods in bulk, package them themselves in plastic bags, and sell it. Guinea pig dry food is sometimes labeled as Gerty Guinea Pig. From the long time it sits on the shelf and the air exposure, the vitamin content goes down quickly and the food becomes stale.
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Marty the CyberPig

Guinea pigs have compact bodies and flat faces, and all teeth are open rooted. Male guinea pigs are called boars and females are called sows. Guinea pigs orphaned during the first four days of life may be given ground guinea pig pellets soaked in cow’s milk. Grabbing a guinea pig over its back may inhibit respiratory movements. Guinea pigs are strict herbivores and cecal fermenters, as are rabbits and horses. Guinea pigs should be fed a feed prepared specifically for the species. A commercial pelleted guinea pig diet containing 18 to 20 % protein, 4 % fat and 16 % fiber is highly recommended. Rabbit pellets are NOT the same, and should not be given to guinea pigs. Common problems in guinea pigs include vitamin C deficiency, respiratory infections, abscess, skin mites, overgrowth of premolar teeth, cystitis and bladder stones. Kidney disease: Often terminal, common in older guinea pigs. A few organisms that infect or inhabit guinea pigs are potentially zoonotic, but these organisms are seldom associated with human disease. Allergy to guinea pig dander is another frequently reported condition in people handling guinea pigs.
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Hartz Bonanza® Guinea Pig Diet

Hartz Bonanza® Health & Vitality Blendâ„¢ Guinea Pig Diet is a delicious and healthy blend of Timothy Hay pellets, guinea pig pellets, fruits, vegetables, and grains. Formulated based on the food preferences of pet guinea pigs, our blend of carefully selected ingredients delivers flavor, variety and complete nutrition. Scientifically formulated to provide the nutrients your pet guinea pig needs. Hartz Bonanza® Health & Vitality Blendâ„¢ Guinea Pig Diet contains optimal levels of protein, fat and fiber to help your pet guinea pig maintain a healthy weight and digestive health. Omega-6 fatty acids help maintain healthy skin and a soft shiny coat. Feeding Instructions:Feed 1/8 to 1/4 cup in a clean bowl every day. Tips:For best results when introducing a new food, begin with a mixture of current and new food to allow time for. Gradually increase the amount of new food for 7-10 days. Offering Hartz Bonanza® Treat Sticks is a healthy and easy way to add variety to your pet’s diet. Fun, tasty and nutritious, your small animal will love them!
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Guinea Pig Health News for December 31 2017

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Guinea pigs are prey animals with survival instincts to hide illness or discomfort so guinea pig overall health issues and illnesses are generally not apparent correct up till their sophisticated stages. Cavies do far much better in cages with strong floors. This is just a single of men and women guinea pig overall health circumstances which is effortless to safeguard against. Just get cages for your pet with trustworthy flooring. Guinea pigs actually feed very regularly so a frequent supply of hay or other foods is encouraged. Neither cavies or people are prepared to make their individual vitamin C when most mammals do. Like people stripped of vitamin C they will get scurvy which can be deadly to cavies. They want to get their C from fruit like apples or greens like cage, spinach, celery and carrots or a every single day overall health supplement. Cavies do not do effectively with unexpected alterations in diet plan regime and in reality could even cease consuming and starve. If your pet is scratching excessively he may possibly possibly have a parasite. You will also have to have to cleanse and disinfect the cage. With most guinea pig problems it&#39s really greatest to think about your pet to the vet if feasible just a single who specializes in exotic animals.
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Guinea Pig Health Guide

HousingPurchasing a guinea pig from a breeder is preferred. Each guinea pig requires about four square feet of floor space. Health The most common illnesses for guinea pigs are pneumonia and malnutrition. If your guinea pig is experiencing and symptoms of illness such as sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, lethargy, constant itching or other, get them to the veterinarian without delay. Guinea pig toenails need to be clipped once a month. Guinea Pig Breeds Recognized guinea pig breeds with pictures for identification: Abyssinian Guinea Pig :Swirly, rough an wiry hair in rosettes. American Guinea Pig:The most common guinea pig, also known as the English Guinea Pig. Peruvian Guinea Pig: Long, soft hair that requires brushing every day. Silkie Guinea Pig: Long-haired guinea pigs that parts over the face. HtmlTons of information on guinea pigs to provide care and help guinea pigs lead happier, healthier lives, and owners to take care of them. HtmDetailed information about guinea pig care including: a list of nutritious vegetable choices to feed your guinea pig, common vegetables that are poisonous to guinea pigs; and guinea pig facts. AspGreat site for guinea pig owners or anyone who is considering becoming an owner.
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You just can’t avoid some of the common health issues of the guinea pigs. These teeth can be filled, but the guinea pig will have to be anesthetized. If a guinea pig has cervical abscess, he will experience discharges from the neck or jaws. If a guinea pig experiences a thick discharge from the nostrils and have watery eyes, he might have a congested nose. If not treated within 2 days from the time the signs shown, a guinea pig may die. Yes, guinea pigs may groom themselves and their companions. Since guinea pigs groom themselves using their incisor teeth, it is common for them to have matter hair. In some instances, guinea pigs may experience swollen lumps on the skin, which may rupture and produce a grayish or white substance. According to studies, both male and female guinea pigs may be at risk for mammary tumors, which are abnormal growths that show up in the hind legs. Guinea pigs may become overweight when given unlimited pellets. These health issues can be prevented if the guinea pig is in a clean environment like a guinea pig cage. Always remember to keep an eye on your guinea pigs to avoid further development of any of these health issues.
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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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