Colds, Pneumonia, and Respiratory Infections
If at any time your guinea pig’s condition appears to worsen, consult a veterinarian. Give Albon liquid, 240 milligrams per teaspoon, 5 milliliter per pound of weight, twice daily. If your guinea pig is shivering or seems cold, heat half of the cage with a lightbulb or put half of the cage on a heating pad set to low. Force fluids by mouth with eyedropper or syringe without needle every half hour. Continue until guinea pig is able to eat on its own.
Give as much as you can get the animal to take by eyedropper or syringe without needle. A mixture of 1 part vegetable juice drink, 1 part water, 1 part light corn syrup. Unused fluids should be discarded every 24 hours and made up fresh as needed. Mix together 1 jar carrot baby food, 2 jars vegetable-chicken or vegetable-turket combination of baby foods, 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, 3 tablespoons high-protein baby cereal, 1 jar baby orange juice, and 1 capsule acidophilus. Or mix together 1 part kitten milk replacement, 2 parts water, and 1 part vegetable-chicken or vegetable-turkey baby foods combination.
Add enough water so mixture can be given with an eyedropper or siringe without needle. Feed as much as you can get the animal to take each hour.
Basic Pig Care
A bag of Mauri Mini Pig feed should last you around 3 months. If you notice that your pig is getting overweight, cut back a little. Don’t snack or eat in front of a pig unless you are willing to share or give it something else to eat. Kids should be careful not to eat candy when they are loving on their pig. If your pig lives indoors, you want to keep Baby Oil on it to control flaking and keep their skin from being so dry.
If your pig lives outdoors and you want to control flaking, something with sun block is better. Have cotton balls readily available to stuff in your own ears! A pig can squeal louder than a jet engine at takeoff. Under normal circumstances, you can’t just stick your hand in a crate and grab a pig. Let your pig sleep with that for a while so that it can adjust a little easier.
The standard Pot Belly pig breeder does not want miniatures to exist because it hinders their ability to sell their pigs. Many people have been told that their pig was a miniature only to find out that miniature was a relative term. Just smile at them and nod your head. Three years from now, when your pig reaches it’s maturity, they will see…. Know How big I will get.
What Can Guinea Pigs Eat
Guinea pigs eat primarily hay, leafy green vegetables, and pellets specifically produced for them. Guinea pigs require plenty of vitamin C in their diets, as they are unable to produce their own. Guinea pigs eat anything put in front of them, but many foods will make them sick; so, the cavy must be fed a carefully curated diet. Pet guinea pigs vastly prefer the fresher hay, as it more closely replicates their natural diet and is nutritionally superior. Vegetables are an important source of nutrition and calories for guinea pigs.
Guinea pigs require a very specific balance of vitamins and minerals, which in turn requires specific vegetables in specific quantities. Guinea pigs eat numerous leafy greens, such as dandelion greens, kale, and arugula. Pet guinea pigs will happily consume many different types of fruit, but too much will cause them to gain weight. While any pet guinea pig would happily eat entire fruits, portions should be limited to two or three slices at a time. Guinea pigs under ten months old should be eating alfalfa-based pellets.
Guinea pigs need to be fed pellets made specifically for them. They should only be fed things that guinea pigs eat naturally, as well as pellets.
Horrors! You Have A Sick Pig
You live with the pig, you see the pigs normal actions on a daily basis. A sick pig looks sick! Pigs that do not feel well have a tendency to show it in their coat first. A pig that is not interested wholeheartedly and one hundred percent in his food is a pig that is not well. A pig that is not ready to eat is a pig that is not feeling well or is in extreme pain.
A pig standing with his back hunched and his hind legs far under the body is a sick pig. You might ask your vet to dose at the high end of the scale as it appears that a pig takes a good does to get through to the problem. A pig with pneumonia will run a temperature so first order is to get a temp. The pig does not usually run a temperature with a constipation problem. DO NOT give an enema or laxatives to a pig that is not passing anything as this could cost the pig it’s life.
A pig with a blockage will not necessarily run a temperature until the problem has become very serious. The new study that was done on potbellied pigs will tell you that the normal temperature for your pig is indeed lower than the commercial farm hogs. If your pig’s temperature is 102 then your pig is running a fever and you and your pig need help.