Guinea Pig Health News for December 18 2017

Teddy Guinea Pig Facts

The Teddy guinea pig is an often sought after breed, mainly because of its distinct appearance and promising show qualities. The Teddy then began to be bred for competition and became recognized by the American Cavy Breeders Association in 1978. The Teddy’s distinguishable short, dense coat has been described as rough and wiry in comparison to guinea pigs like the American, which it will often get confused for, but their unique texture is still desirable among potential guinea pig owners, especially those looking to show their pigs in competition. Teddy breed can be found in any of the common color patterns among the cavy species, including black, grey, and agouti patterns. A reason many commonly misperceive a Teddy for an American guinea pig is that the two have the same nose, sometimes referred to as the “Roman nose”. Grooming a Teddy is much less tedious a job than, say, grooming a Peruvian or another long haired pig who needs to be brushed constantly to avoid fur tangles. Bathing your teddy could be entirely unnecessary if you’re attentive with grooming; but if your Teddy gets into extra mischief while playing outside, bathe him in warm water with a veterinarian recommended shampoo and blow dry him gently on low heat to avoid chills. A healthy guinea pig diet consists of hay, pellets, and fresh fruits and veggies, Teddies included. Many of their qualities have made them favorable contestants and breeders have noticed what they are, so if you are interested in taking your Teddy to show, pay attention to these details. Breeders have concluded that it is most common for a Teddy to reach the fluff stage around three to four weeks of age, but that the Teddies who succeed in shows are the ones who develop more slow and steadily, reaching the fluff stage at four to five weeks. Overall, judges are looking for a prime example of the Teddy breed. Whether looking for a pet for your child, a winning show piggy, or just a household companion, a Teddy guinea pig is a great option.
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Introduction to Pet Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs do need a large cage and opportunities to exercise outside of the cage as well as a diet that provides adequate vitamin C and roughage. An Introduction to Guinea Pig Care Introduction to Guinea Pigs – Guinea pigs weigh about two to three pounds, come in a variety of colors, are very social, can live to be close to ten years old, and make great pets for children and adults alike. Learn some facts about guinea pigs and what you need to consider before choosing a guinea pig as a pet. Guinea Pig Breeds Introduction to Guinea Pig Breeds – Did you know there is a hairless variety of guinea pig? There are actually about a dozen different breeds of guinea pigs, all of which can be categorized by their hair, or lack thereof. Guinea Pig Cages Cages for Guinea Pigs – Guinea pigs need a lot more room to run around than most people provide them with. Even if you have a large cage, don’t forget that your guinea pig will love some time to roam about freely! Bedding for Guinea Pigs – Guinea pigs use the bathroom wherever they please so you’ll need a bedding that is absorbent but doesn’t cause harm to your pet. Feeding Guinea Pigs Feeding Guinea Pigs – Vitamin C is the key ingredient in a guinea pig diet. Like us humans, guinea pigs cannot make their own supply of vitamin C to meet their daily needs therefore we must supply it for them. Guinea pig safe vitamin C supplements and special guinea pig food that is fortified with vitamin C can be given to your pig to meet their needs. Grooming Guinea Pigs Grooming Guinea Pigs – Should you bathe your guinea pig? How do you trim guinea pig nails? Find out how to groom your guinea pig and what shampoo you can safely use on your cavy. Guinea Pig Teeth – Don’t worry, you don’t need to brush your guinea pig’s teeth. Guinea Pig Names Names for Guinea Pigs – Some people find naming their pets incredibly difficult.
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Guinea Lynx :: Emergency Medical Guide

Any behavior unusual for your pig, such as facing a corner and being slow to respond, can be an indication your guinea pig is seriously ill. If your guinea pig has lost four or more ounces, see a vet immediately! A guinea pig that is not eating is seriously ill and must be seen by a vet for treatment and must be hand fed. Your vet should know that some medications that disrupt the intestinal flora, like penicillins, are deadly to guinea pigs. If your guinea pig does poorly on a particular antibiotic and stops eating, he may be intolerant to that particular antibiotic. If your guinea pig is not eating, get to a vet immediately to determine the cause and begin treatment. BLOAT. If your guinea pig appears swollen and the stomach appears distended, see a vet immediately. Read emergency advice that helped one poster’s guinea pig make it through the night. EAR INFECTION. If your guinea pig experiences difficulty walking or holds it’s head tilted to one side, see a vet immediately. If your guinea pig has been dropped or stepped on, immediate evaluation by a vet is recommended. The molars could be over grown, which will result in the pig slowly starving to death if the guinea pig doesn’t not receive treatment. Be an observant owner! Behavior unusual for your guinea pig could also indicate the need to seek medical assistance or at the very least, the need to monitor the pig closely. “Fortunately, guinea pigs are not often sick, but when they are, it is almost always severe. In fact, guinea pigs that get sick go downhill very fast and most die within a few days, or a few hours, if they have stopped eating, which happens when they have health problems.”
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