Handy tips about your guinea pig’s health! Knowing the small things you need to do to care for your guinea pig and help keep them healthy will help to prevent larger health issues in the future. It’s also important to know what’s normal and what warning signs you should look for if your guinea pig is becoming unwell. Not only can you monitor the weight gain of your piggies as they grow, having a record of their weight over a long period of time will allow you to quickly note if they are losing weight and may have an underlying health issue. Nail ClippingNail clipping is an essential part of guinea pig ownership and keeping your piggies healthy. The front and back nails of a guinea pig will continue to grow, causing pain and often limiting a piggy’s ability to move. We see this often in guinea pigs rescued and surrendered, so ensuring you are prepared to trim nails is important. We recommend having one person to hold the guinea pig and another do the trimming, or alternately you can visit us and have your piggy’s nails trimmed for a gold coin donation. Mite and Worm TreatmentEnsuring that your piggies are mite and worm treated is another important part of maintaining your guinea pigs health. Simply use one drop behind each ear of your guinea pig once a month. ExerciseTaking time to give your piggies ample exercise is an important part of ensuring their health and well-being. Exercise and exploration is also great for your guinea pig’s mental health as it allows excitement and stimulation. Please note it is extremely important wheels and harnesses are not used for guinea pigs as they pose a risk to of doing damage to guinea pig spines.
Introduction to Pet Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs are popular pets, especially for families, largely due to their wonderful temperaments. Guinea pigs do need a large cage and opportunities to exercise outside of the cage as well as a diet that provides adequate vitamin C and roughage. An Introduction to Guinea Pig Care Introduction to Guinea Pigs – Guinea pigs weigh about two to three pounds, come in a variety of colors, are very social, can live to be close to ten years old, and make great pets for children and adults alike. Learn some facts about guinea pigs and what you need to consider before choosing a guinea pig as a pet. Guinea Pig Cages Cages for Guinea Pigs – Guinea pigs need a lot more room to run around than most people provide them with. Even if you have a large cage, don’t forget that your guinea pig will love some time to roam about freely! Bedding for Guinea Pigs – Guinea pigs use the bathroom wherever they please so you’ll need a bedding that is absorbent but doesn’t cause harm to your pet. Feeding Guinea Pigs Feeding Guinea Pigs – Vitamin C is the key ingredient in a guinea pig diet. Like us humans, guinea pigs cannot make their own supply of vitamin C to meet their daily needs therefore we must supply it for them. Guinea pig safe vitamin C supplements and special guinea pig food that is fortified with vitamin C can be given to your pig to meet their needs. Guinea Pig Teeth – Don’t worry, you don’t need to brush your guinea pig’s teeth. Guinea pig’s teeth grow continuously throughout their lives and due to various reasons they may be overgrown. Guinea Pig Names Names for Guinea Pigs – Some people find naming their pets incredibly difficult.
Brisbane Bird & Exotics Veterinary Service
Guinea pigs make wonderful pets that thrive as our companions. Guinea pigs require time and effort to be maintained in good health. Many of the guinea pig problems we see here at BBEVS are related to their diet or general care. In the wild, lots of hungry carnivores would think of guinea pigs as dinner, so just like our other exotic species, guinea pigs hide signs of disease and injury. Regular health examinations, including dental assessment. To learn more about how to keep your guinea pig healthy go to the tabs below for Guinea Pig Health Examinations, General Guinea Pig Care and the Vitamin C Calculator. A cornerstone of maintaining wellness in guinea pigs is regular preventative health examinations. These examinations use a combination of physical examination and diagnostic testing to assess your pet for any early signs of disease, as early identification of disease provides the best chance of successful resolution. This is important for early identification of abnormalities and is particularly relevant if you already own guinea pigs, as some diseases can spread rapidly from the new arrival to the other animals in your household. If you are new to guinea pig ownership, this initial consultation will ensure that you start your ownership armed with the most up-to-date knowledge for this particular species. We require blood donors! Occasionally we require fresh blood from healthy guinea pigs to perform a blood transfusion for a sick guinea pig patient. In order to be a blood donor, your pet must be an adult, have regular veterinary health examinations with BBEVS and be currently in good health.