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    sideways pig

    hi, recently (about 2 months ago) my wife and I got two adorable little guinea pigs that our daughter named star and diamond. they are great additions to the family and this is coming from a ferret guy, anyway a few weeks ago our brown and white one, diamond started to lean to the left all the time, looks like a walking leaning tower of piza, we cant figure out if this is personality since they both started really showin theirs about the time the leaning started or if we should be concerned. star, the all black with a white mark, hasnt leaned at all, so we dont think its a diet issue or environmental. so far diamond is only a tiny anti-social compared to star, but seems very happy and healthy otherwise. just wondering if anyone has an opinion, similar experience or if we should run to a vet.
    thank you very much

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    Re: sideways pig

    She probably has an inner-ear infection. Get her to a cavy-savy vet ASAP.

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    Re: sideways pig

    The leaning could be a sign of a Upper Respiratory Infection. I would take him to a vet.

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    Re: sideways pig

    From GL:

    Difficulty walking
    Pig holding it's head tilted to one side
    : get to a vet. Prompt treatment is critical for complete recovery. This can indicate an inner ear infection requiring topical and/or oral antibiotics. A vet will also check for parasites.

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    Re: sideways pig

    thank you for the replies callin vet first thing in the morning, and hopin all is well

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    Re: sideways pig

    Find a cavy savy vet. Most dog and cat vets do not know guinea pigs. There is a list of safe meds at www.guinealynx.info

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    Talking Re: sideways pig

    went to vet this morning, a very nice one that specialized in guineas, my poor sideways boy has an ear infection. the vet said we got him there in time (my wife was scared we took too long to find out what was wrong) and was very pleased to find out that other than the infection both of our pigs are very healthy and, as the vet put it, "utterly fearless". guess all the lap time pays off after all. .

    thank you all for replying and for the list of vets.

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    Re: sideways pig

    Glad you got him to a good vet! May I ask what you are feeding your guys? And I must see pictures!

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    Re: sideways pig

    we feed them nutriphase guinea food and lots of healthy veggies, timothy hay and fresh clover from the yard.
    BTW we tried to post pictures, but it asked for a URL and im not that knowlegable about it so until we figure it out i cant show off the boys

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    Re: sideways pig

    Get them off the nutriphase it is a very bad piggie food please get some oxbow.

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    Re: sideways pig

    Nutriphase has a preservitive in it called Ethoxyquin, that causes cancer. It is highly suggested you switch to something else. Oxbow makes the absolute best (www.oxbowhay.com). Cavy Performance for under six months of age, Cavy Cuisine for over. You can find a store that carries it or order it cheaper from www.critterstore.com.

    Read http://guinealynx.com/nutrition.html for good veggie information. They should each be getting a minnimum of one cup each day.

    Make sure they are getting unlimited hay, too. Sounds like they are lucky boys!

    If you make a free account at www.photobucket.com, you can host your pictures and post the URLs here.

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