Guinea Pig Health News for October 12 2017

The Humane Society of the United States

Instead of creating more demand for guinea pigs by purchasing one from a pet store, please visit your local animal shelter to adopt one or more! Most shelters now accept small animals who need new homes, and you will have the satisfaction of saving a life. A guinea pig’s cage should be thoroughly cleaned on a weekly basis and spot-cleaned every few days. If you’re getting a guinea pig for your child, think carefully about how this animal’s care will fit into your family’s schedule over the long haul. Can your son or daughter incorporate pet ownership into a busy after-school schedule and evening and weekend commitments? Are you willing to shoulder responsibility for your pig’s care if your children drop the ball? If you have other pets, are you sure your guinea pig will get enough attention?Do you have young children? Young children often lack fine motor control and self-restraint, which means they may inadvertently drop a guinea pig, squeeze him, or scare him into biting. Guinea pigs require a gentle touch and may be easily startled by sudden movement and loud noises. The adoption fee or purchase price for a guinea pig is typically small, but there are significant startup costs and ongoing needs to anticipate. Are you prepared to spend at least several hundred dollars a year on your new friend if your guinea pig needs to be treated for a common condition like mites or requires emergency veterinary care? Are you willing to hire a pet sitter or board your pig when you go on vacation? Are you willing to consider adding a second guinea pig? Guinea pigs are social animals who do best with the companionship of another pig. Preventing a solitary guinea pig from becoming lonely and bored is a tall order, even for someone committed to spending a significant amount of time with his animal every day. If you’ve never lived with a guinea pig, test the waters by visiting a household that includes one or spend time handling adoptable guinea pigs at your local humane society. If your life is in transition, a guinea pig may be more portable than a dog or a cat, but remember that five years or more is a significant period of time.
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