Guinea Pig Health News for October 16 2017

Guinea Pig Breed Guide

Guinea Pig Breed Guide THE TEXEL The Texel cavy is characterized by the ringlets or curls that make up it’s long, soft coat. The Texel has a short, compact body, with a broad,well-rounded head. The Texel was accepted as a recognized breed by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. in. These breeds of guinea pigs are suitable for outdoor housing and are extremely adorable. They are seasonal in the market and come at a reasonable price for such a unique breed. Availability: Uncommon , Price Range: $120.00 to $350.0.BOB Teddy Satin – 2001 ARBA National Show – Del Mar, CA THE ABYSSINIAN The Abyssinian cavy is one of the three original breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc.The Abyssinian coat is defined by a symmetrical pattern of rosettes and ridges. THE PERUVIAN The Peruvian cavy was the first long-haired breed accepted by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. This breed is notable for it’s long, dense, soft “Sweeps” of hair which can grow out to several inches in length. This is the long haired breed! The Peruvian arrived in Paris around 1886-87, and came to England shortly after. PERUVIAN SATIN The Peruvian Satin was recognized as the 10th official breed in Jan., 1988, by the ARBA. It has all the appearance and qualities of the Peruvian with the additional beauty of the satin sheen. It became a new, recognized breed in England in 1973 and is called a “Sheltie.” It has been accepted and recognized as an official breed twice in America. The breed was officially re-recognized as the 6th breed by the ARBA in Jan., 1980. Certain color varieties, such as Dutch, Roan, Dalmatian, and White, are not accepted colors for this breed. Due to cross breeding and in breeding, self colour types are not often found.
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The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Other Rodents

This chapter provides a general introduction to basic husbandry for the laboratory guinea pig. General laboratory animal facility design and principles for rats, mice, and hamsters are applicable to the guinea pig. Modifications of these principles for guinea pig specific behavior and characteristics are noted. This chapter discusses the facility design, environment, and basic husbandry recommendations for the guinea pig. Although general laboratory animal facility design and principles for rats, mice, and hamsters have applicability to the guinea pig, characteristics and behavior unique to this species have fostered implementation of new and/or adjunct husbandry practices to improve the care and use of this laboratory animal. In addition to the natural behavior and physiology of the species, the nature of the research activity performed considers planning, design, or modifications of guinea pig holding rooms. Quarantine facilities, breeding colonies, conventional and infectious disease research have different requirements for housing. The Guinea pigs are generally docile and seldom bite; however, they are easily frightened and will try to avoid capture or being held. This chapter further explains the housing condition required for guinea pigs, which includes the right ventilation, illumination, temperature, humidity, sanitation, noise conditions, and space requirements. Ventilation for laboratory animals should balance air quality, animal comfort, and energy efficiency to provide cage environments that will optimize animal welfare and research results. The chapter reviews the nutritional diseases and record keeping of guinea pigs. For the identification of the animals, cage cards are used and the cards should include the strain of guinea pigs, sex, number, principal investigator, and research protocol identification.
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Search & Adopt a Guinea Pig

We are happy that you have decided to adopt a Guinea Pig. Guinea Pig adoption is a wonderful way to provide a Guinea Pig a second chance and caring environment. Most pets arrive at shelters because the owner had to move, could no longer afford the pet, had a death in the family, or simply gave up the responsibly of being a care taker for a Guinea Pig. Below is a brief overview of the type of needs a Guinea Pig might require and what you will need to consider for the life time care of a Guinea Pig. First most, understand that no matter what, even if you buy a Guinea Pig for sale, or adopt, as a new pet owner it is your responsibility to care for the Guinea Pig it’s entire lifespan. Find out how often and what a Guinea Pig needs to eat. Next, what shelter do you need to provide? Get to know what habitat a Guinea Pig is accustom to, what temperature will the Guinea Pig need to maintain, and what range of temperatures are acceptable for a Guinea Pig to survive. It’s usually a good idea to get to know a little more about Guinea Pig habits, temperament and relationship with humans before adopting a Guinea Pig. What is an indicator if a Guinea Pig is being aggressive and senses fear? Some pets will maintain much more happiness as long as they live socially, does a Guinea Pig need a companion pet in order to live happily? What exercise does a Guinea Pig need regularly? Estimating the monthly costs of owning a pet is just as important as making sure you have the time and motivation to feed the Guinea Pig when necessary, and provide a safe environment to live. So you’re looking to adopt a guinea pig? We’re glad you’ve come to the right place to find out about guinea pig adoptions. We need a home that will work with us and make us the great guinea pig pets we know we can be!
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