Guinea Pig Health News for October 04 2017

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Males are from Mars… Some guinea pig owners report that female guinea pigs are more docile than their male counterparts, although each guinea pig is different. Guinea Grotto: Domestic guinea pigs generally live in cages. Cages with wire mesh floors are not recommended by guinea pig owners as these can cause injury and may be associated with a foot infection commonly known as “Bumblefoot”. Guinea pigs are vocal animals, with a fairly large vocabulary. Guinea pigs require about 25-50mg of vitamin C daily, which can be obtained through fresh, raw fruits and vegetables or through supplements fed to domestic animals. Guinea pigs often learn to enjoy these tablets, eating them from their owners’ hands. Grass digestion requires a special digestive system; whereas most grass-eating mammals are quite large and have a long digestive tract, guinea pigs use a more unusual method, practicing coprophagy, the eating of their own feces. Hay Eaters: Guinea pigs benefit from feeding on grass hay such as timothy hay in addition to food pellets. A number of brands of commercially prepared pellets exist that are based on dehydrated timothy hay, which are ideally suited for guinea pigs over six months that are not pregnant or lactating. A vet treating a guinea pig needs to be familiar with the animal; many antibiotic medications, including those that are penicillin based, are toxic to guinea pigs. Common ailments: Common ailments in domestic guinea pigs include respiratory infections, diarrhea, scurvy, abscesses, and infections by lice, mites or fungus. Running lice: Guinea pigs may also suffer from “Running lice” a small white insect which can be seen running through fur.
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Well, not guinea pigs for sale, technically, but we have a lot of guinea pigs for adoption! Check our adoption listings and create your own if you are looking to rehome your pet guinea pig. We have top-quality C&C guinea pig cages for sale. Buy from THE most trusted source on the internet – the inventor of Cubes and Coroplast Guinea Pig Cages – and be sure that your guinea pig’s health and welfare are of top priority, along with great customer service and fast shipping – and now to Canada! We only promote products that meet our highest standards for guinea pig care and safety and are easy to use. Buy a C&C Cage or supplies from us and feel good! When you buy from this site, you are supporting rescues! We do more than just line our pockets and always have – for over a decade! We give back and always have and not just a little! If you’d rather save money and make your own cage, we are here to help. Check out our listings of local suppliers of cubes or coroplast, read reviews, and add your own review or listing! Just like cats and dogs get most of the pet press and knowledge, the pet social strata filters down in the vet world as well. Small animals get short shrift in veterinary schools and too many pet owners write off guinea pigs as not worthy of spending money for vet care. This makes it difficult to find vets who are truly competent and experienced with guinea pigs due to the nature of a low return on investment for the price of the education and training. Guinea Pig Care From the basics to advanced topics! New to guinea pigs or you’ve had them for a quite a while? Find out more in our Care Library.
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CT Guinea Pig Rescue

We could fill an entire Web site with information about the care, feeding, and housing of your guinea pigs, and there are many books and Web sites out there devoted to our favorite subject. While we’ve given you a crash course here on our site, we thought we’d list some of the resources we use. Guinea Lynx has loads of information on the care of guinea pigs, as well as medical advice. Hailing from England, Gurney is one of the world’s leading authorities on guinea pigs. The chapters on “Mending and Minding” and “Maintenance and Behaviour” alone are the worth the price of this book. Guinea Pigs by Katrin Behrend is also a good investment. The chapter Checklist for Health Problems and Diseases – which lists symptoms, possible causes you can treat yourself, dangerous accompanying symptoms, and possible diagnoses needing immediate veterinarian attention – is very helpful. This book covers everything from identifying the different breeds of guinea pigs to a questionnaire to help you determine if a guinea pig is right for your home to information about guinea pig behavior to an extensive list of foods and plants that are poisonous for guinea pigs. While some of our information highlights the kinds of things that can make guinea pigs ill, please remember we are not veterinarians and the illnesses we’ve mentioned are not the only ones that guinea pigs are susceptible to. We share advice based upon our experiences and information from our own vets. Should your guinea pig become ill, please seek medical help immediately. A guinea pig will go downhill very quickly, especially when the illness is a cold or diarrhea.
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