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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