Choosing the right guinea pig carrier is crucial to ensure the health, safety and happiness of your pet during transport. A proper guinea pig carrier will offer a generous supply of ventilation. They should be in a large container; preferably two feet long and you should be able to easily see into the carrier to check on him. You should always line your guinea pig carrier with newspaper. In air conditioned cars or planes, make the carrier warmer by placing a towel or small, child’s fleece blanket in it.
If the temperature is going to be too hot, wrap an ice pack in a towel and place that in the carrier to cool the space and the animal down. Always make sure that the ice is wrapped! It is a good idea to hang a thermometer where you can see it in the carrier. Come Along Carrier – These carriers by Pets International are specifically designed for guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits and rats. They feature a handy storage spot to keep treats, easy carry handle and fresh air vents.
Marshall Small Tote – These carriers are really only ideal for short trips, the animal will not be comfortable in this bag in on a long trip. Deluxe Sherpa Bed Carrier – This carrier is exclusive to Petsmart and one of the top recommended bags for many good reasons. This guinea pig carrier is designed to keep your pet comfortable on a long trip.
Tiny Paws Rehoming
There are many aspects to looking out for your Guinea Pigs health. Guinea pigs require nail trims every so often, it varies between each guinea pig as to how often. It is important to note that guinea pigs have a blood supply to their nails called the ‘Quick’. When cutting your guinea pigs nails you should take care not to cut too close to the quick, if you catch this it will bleed. Guinea pigs may squirm and wriggle when it comes to nail clipping, it is a two person job, one to hold and one to cut.
If you are unsure about cutting your guinea pigs nails, Tiny Paws Rehoming can help. If you are not local, you can contact your local Veterinary Practice who will be able to help. Guinea pigs can get mites and lice, you can check for lice by looking through your guinea pigs fur. You are able to treat both of these with an anti parasite treatment, it must contain ivermectin. There are lots of different ways to check if your guinea pig is happy and healthy, its important to check they have clear eyes and ears, make sure they have not lost a significant amount of weight, to ensure they are eating, if they seem wheezy, are particular lethargic.
If you guinea pig does not seem their usual self its always best to check with a vet. It is always advisable in any incidence of illness or injury to seek qualified veterinary advice.
Signs of Old Age in Guinea Pigs
Like all living creatures, guinea pigs eventually must come to the end of their life. By recognizing the signs of aging, as well as common health issues associated with older guinea pigs, you will be better prepared to help keep your furry friend as healthy and comfortable as possible. A guinea pig’s life span is affected by various factors. Genes are the first to be considered; for example, the silky haired Peruvian guinea pig can live up to 12 to 14 years, while the hairless breeds may live only 3 to 5 years. A guinea pig’s diet must be balanced with foods rich in vitamin C, as the animal cannot produce this vitamin on his own.
One of the first signs of aging in a guinea pig is graying fur, noticeably around the mouth and nose. At about 4 to 5 years of age, the pace at which your cavy moves will begin to slow down. If it seems that all she does is sleep, and especially if she does not eat at all, take your guinea pig to be checked out by a veterinarian. An older cavy’s toes will thicken and twist outwardly as he ages. This discourages the guinea pig from exercising, which can cause poor circulation and eventually bumblefoot, or pododermatitis.
Older guinea pigs face health issues similar to what humans experience. A visit to the veterinarian will improve the quality of life for your aging guinea pig.
How to know if your pigs are healthy History It is firstly important to know the history of the pig. General appearance Before looking too closely at the pig, it is good to look at the pig from a distance without disturbing it to look for signs of poor health. If the backbone, hip bones or ribs can be seen, the pig is too thin. If a pig is too fat, you can see this in the neck area, where rolls of fat develop. Very fat pigs can have problems with their feet, hearts and with breeding; they also get downgraded at abattoirs because fat pork is not popular in South Africa.
Sick pigs have a heavier coat and the hair is often dull. Do not buy pigs with a lot of sores, as these can become infected and lead to trouble. Pigs like to lie in mud, so they may look dirty, but the body should not be soiled with blood or faeces around the tail, anus or face. Notches in the ears are a common way of identifying pigs. Pigs’ teeth are not used to estimate the age, but if some of the front teeth are worn down and the teeth are uneven, the pig may be quite old and may not be able to eat well.
If you already have the pig, get advice from a state or private veterinarian or an animal health technician. If the pig is old or there is a problem which will not clear up easily, cull it.