Guinea Pig Health News for November 07 2017

Guinea Pig Biting His Footsiies?

Post by guineapiglover455 on oh wow … sounds really serious. Is he actually ripping each nail out of the nail bed, leaving him with no claws? Is this on his front or hind paws, or both? How long are twinky’s nails? Are they long and curly? They should be short and trimmed regularly. Unless, Twinky is a youngster and they havent grown long enough for a trim yet. Does he only bite/rip his nails out when you hold him? How are you holding him? If his nails are too long, they may be hurting him and holding him in an odd way, maybe applying pressure to his nails and feet is making it worse thus he is biting at them and as a result the nails are being ripped out. Well, he is trying to rip his nails off, not actually suceeding And his nails are not long. Post by 3piggles on Pigs chew their feet when they are upset, by pain or extreme frustration. If I touched her or moved the hair where it really bothered her, she would attack her left hand. If Twinkie is chewing his hand when you touch him, see where you’re touching him when he does it. Either condition probably needs a vets diagnosis and treatment. If there isn’t, then you need to figure out what is stressing him into chewing on his feet.
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Guinea pig bonding basics

Should it be Male or female? Young or old? First and foremost, you want to make sure that you do NOT end up with a breeding pair or a pregnant female. If you have a female, you’ll want another female. This is the easiest path to take, since it doesn’t require surgery to neuter or spay. Many, many people have pairs or trios of boars who get along great. Try to match up a dominant guinea pig with a subordinate guinea pig. What if you have no idea about the personalities? An older guinea pig with a younger guinea pig is a good option. They usually establish a natural hierarchy, with the younger one being subservient to the older one. Just be careful that you don’t have a very feisty younger guinea pig with a very laid back older guinea pig. In that case, the younger one may challenge the older one’s position as alpha guinea pig. When you pair up a young guinea pig with any other guinea pig, there is a chance that as the younger guinea pig goes through its adolescent period, they will challenge the other guinea pig for top guinea pig position. Most of the time, they figure it out for themselves. Again, remember this can happen with ANY guinea pig pair, male/male or female/female.
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Are Guinea Pigs Good as Pets for Kids?

Guinea pigs, also known as cavies, are simply one of the best pets you can get for your child. Safety Guinea pigs are exceptionally docile and loving. As with any animal individual pets may have varying temperaments, and a few guinea pigs may be prone to biting, especially if frightened or handled roughly. Guinea pigs tend to be very clean animals, and they are herbivores. The needs of guinea pigs can easily be handled by even young children, though parents must ensure that routine care is being carried out. Guinea pigs are a thoroughly domesticated animal, and love being handled. Regular handling of guinea pigs is essential, as they are very affectionate and social. Guinea pigs will get into trouble quickly if allowed to roam freely, so they should be kept in a pen or cage. Guinea pigs are social creatures, so getting a second one to keep the first company is a good idea. Like most rodents, guinea pigs will breed very quickly if you aren’t careful. Water can be given to guinea pigs in a bowl, but the water will quickly get dirty from their bedding. A much better option is to hang a specially designed water bottle for the guinea pigs to drink from.
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