Easy checks for a healthy guinea pig
Thankfully, guinea pigs are very hardy creatures, and if kept clean and fed well they rarely become sick. There are some daily checks you should make, to ensure that your guinea pig stays well, it also helps you to notice any change very quickly, and visit your vet at the first sign of illness. EyesThe eyes should be clear and bright, with no sign of cloudiness or discharge. An eye that suddenly goes cloudy may mean that the guinea pig has got an ulcer as a result of a piece of hay in its eye. Any eye problems require urgent veterinary attention. Guinea pigs do normally secrete a milky discharge from their eyes, which precedes grooming, as they use it on their paws to groom themselves, if you see this you do not need to worry about it. NoseThe nose should be clean, and as with the eyes, shouldn’t be runny. Any discharge or sneezing may suggest that your guinea pig has a cold. Any patches of hair loss or areas where the skin is red and sore may suggest that your guinea pig has mites. Watch him closely, is he scratching more than usual? Mites burrow under the skin and cause a distressing condition called mange, and the sooner you spot any problem, the sooner you can get it treated, something your guinea pig will certainly thank you for. Sometimes you may see little tiny nits walking on your guinea pigs fur, these are hay mites, which are harmless and a simple shampoo will get rid of them for you. Guinea pigs have no fur on the bottom of their feet, so check the bottom of their feet regularly for any sign of soreness. If their feet are sore their bedding wants to be as soft as possible, wood shavings and soft meadow hay is best. The bottomYes, this bit needs checking too… The whole area should be clean and dry. If the guinea pig is wet and smelly between its legs it may have a urine infection.
Pet food, Treats and Supplies
An enriched diet pellet formulated for a long and healthy life of your pet Guinea Pig. Complete and balanced food with essential nutrients guinea pigs need. Check with your local store to confirm availability. Product prices, formulations and availability are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally one or more items on our web site may be mispriced. In the event of a pricing discrepancy, the in-store price shall prevail and be final.
Harringtons for Healthy Pets
Rabbits and guinea pigs need access to fresh hay and water at all times. Hay is essential to help them maintain a healthy digestion. They enjoy variety and appreciate the addition of fresh food in their diet several times each week. It is unkind to overfeed your pet, so adjust the amount you feed to keep them at their ideal weight. Chewing small twigs from trees such as apple and hazel helps to keep their teeth strong and healthy. When changing food, do so gradually over a 7 to 10 day period.
Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Guinea Pig Food 5LB 100502082
KAYTEE® Forti-Diet® Pro Health™ is a Nutritionally Enhanced Daily Diet that provides the essential nutrients your pet needs for a long, healthy life. Rich in Natural Antioxidants – For general health and immune support. Probiotics & Prebiotics -Natural ingredients that aid in digestive health. Rich in fiber – Essential for proper function of the gastrointestinal tract. Allergen information: Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and other tree nuts.
Guinea Pig Advice
Whether your guinea pig is kept inside or out, choose a large, secure hutch with room to move around. Guinea pigs don’t climb, so the hutch doesn’t need extra levels, but they do like to run and be active. If the hutch is outside, keep it in a sheltered spot free from draughts, but with plenty of ventilation.
Pet Health Information
Welcome to the first instalment in our ‘What does pet health look like?’ series. Over the next 12 months we’re going to be showing what pet health ‘looks like’ through the eyes of a series of pet owners who will tell us more about how they keep their pets happy and healthy all year round.
Guinea Pigs Australia
HEALTH CARE CHART Identifying illness promptly is a key component to maintaining your guinea pigs health. Always weigh your cavy weekly! Please see our chart below for signs of what is normal and abnormal. Please feel free to print off and use as a reference.
Common Health Problems in Pet Guinea Pigs
Learn from an exotic animal health technician and learn information on common health problems in pet guinea pigs in this free online video. Bio: Sarah Tingle is a resident exotic animal health technician specializing in dog health care.
Guinea Pig Health Archives
There are many types of dry feed available on the market for Guinea Pigs, but the best is the complete nugget style rather than the muesli. Guinea Pigs will eat the bits they like out of the muesli and are therefore in danger of not.