Guinea Pig Health News for October 10 2017

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Guinea pig health problem? | The Guinea Pig Forum

Hi, I’ve got a two and a half year old male guinea pig called Barney- Recently I’ve started to become a bit worried about his health. When he poos,…
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Tips on looking after guinea pigs

Guinea pigs need company of their own kind and can be kept in same sex groups or in pairs. It’s a good idea to phone around and find a vet who has experience of neutering small pets like guinea pigs. Animal charities like Blue Cross have guinea pigs that need good homes. Each hutch should have a separate sleeping area where the guinea pigs can retreat out of sight to get some peace and quiet. Do not keep guinea pigs – or any other animals – in a garage used to keep vehicles because the fumes can kill them. As guinea pigs are naturally grazing animals, it’s important that they always have quality, bagged, non-dusty hay to keep their digestive systems working, along with a small amount guinea pig mix. Female guinea pigs reach sexual maturity at four to five weeks old and males at eight to nine weeks. Male guinea pigs should be neutered so they can live as a pair with a female without breeding. Provide your guinea pigs with as much floor space as possible – a hutch for two should not be less than 1.2m long by 60cm wide. Never keep guinea pigs in the same hutch or run as rabbits, as there is a risk the guinea pigs will be bullied and seriously injured. Guinea pigs are gentle animals and make good children’s pets but you need to think about the fact that they have quite a long lifespan. Don’t forget… Guinea pigs have a long lifespan compared to other small animals Guinea pigs need company of their own kind, either in a pair or in a small group of the same sex. Do not keep guinea pigs and rabbits in the same hutch or run, as the guinea pigs may be bullied and severely injured. Make sure your guinea pigs always have dust-extracted hay to keep their digestive systems working and, a constant supply of clean water.
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