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!

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.

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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