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fuzzie
06-21-02, 12:09 pm
We have a kiddie pool in our back yard , & i put my guini pig in to see if he likes it. He was a born swimmer! Does he really like to swim?? beacause soon he whould starlt to try and jump out. At his 3rd dip, I noticed someint white and gooey looking ozzing out the side of his eyes (he has black eyes) is that beacuse of swimming? should i stop his pool time? I think he gets great exersise, but that eye thing really bugged me! HELP!

DionAW
07-03-02, 01:43 pm
If you've ever had a dog, you know they get some white stuff out of the corner of their eyes. It's caused by moisture that dogs naturally have because they pant. Because the moisture is up around the face, the eyes can get the white stuff. It's just a defensive mechanism to get rid of any bacteria in the moisture. It has to get out of there somehow.

Just to be save though, it's always a good idea to see a vet. It could be something else not so good. I've never heard of a pig swimming though, so I couldn't say rather it's safe or not. Sounds like some fun though! If it's safe, I'm building my pig an inground pool! :-P LOL

IMACAVYLOVER
09-07-02, 05:30 pm
I don't see a problem with cavies swimming, but I wouldn't keep the water no higher than 1-3 inches. If they are having to swim, and not walk, then the water is too high. Also, don't leave the pool in the sun while they are playing in the water- yes, the water is cool, but it can heat up very fast under the sun and you don't want your cavies getting burnt.

Deandraspigs
12-25-02, 10:23 pm
Burnt? I think they would have a heat stroke before the sun or water fryed them.

AngelicumCavy
12-26-02, 08:17 am
Cavy Swimming? It's simply not OK. If its lower than two inches it's not called SWIMMING, if you let the cavy swim more than 3 inches it's already dangerous. I know you're just asking, but I think swimming your cavy will just not make him/her happy, its of no use if you can bathe them.
Burnt is not the term.
Swimming is no good.
Posters must have Facts Basis Before leting their Opinions Out.

SuperCavyLover
01-04-03, 11:03 am
AngelicumCavy, go talk to someone who CARES. :lol:

cavy crazy
04-22-03, 09:03 pm
On hot days in the summer, I fill the kiddie pool so my pigs can swim. I float some grass around in there, and make a brick patio for a shallow end. In the deep part, I put cinder blocks for an island. Two of my pigs love it and will jump off the cinder block into the water, and push grass to the shallow part to eat it. They like it and when they are done we dry them off until they are 98% dry and then put them in their covered outdoor play area to popcorn off the rest of the 2%. My pigs like water in the pool, but they hate baths! LOL:rolleyes:

miss g pig
08-07-03, 06:42 am
wow so your pigs really like to swim, must try this with my pigs. I will make a shallow end too. how warm or cold is the temperature of the water??

Louis
07-06-04, 06:46 am
Mine has been swimming for sence he was born he loves it as long its not too cold becase he doesent like that so heat the water just above luke warm and pretsoto guinea pig swimming pool, i usely but him in the bath thats the best spot and the water is deep on one end and shallow on the other and when he gets bored he goes for a swim in the deap end to exersise his legs and you know the best part it washes them just think about it for a sec
they must have so much crap logged in there fur and when they go into the water it comes all out clean and nice smell
i even made a water slide for my guinea pig bozo the slide hade a little water pump so that water was going down the slide and i think he liked it after he is done he tryes to jum out that means they hade engothe to make them stay in longer raise the water temputure but not to high becase they are smaller then we are

Treen
07-07-04, 08:29 am
Very few guinea pigs genuinely enjoy swimming. I've never had one that enjoyed water and I've seen pictures of guinea pigs who are (according to their owners) apparently enjoying a swim, whereas it's obvious they are in fact swimming round in circles in a blind panic, desperately trying to climb up on one another. To me it's like the whole baths thing - people enjoy bathing their guinea pigs, but very few guinea pigs remotely enjoy being bathed (and if they're groomed properly and their environment is kept clean, they seldom need to be bathed anyway).

I'm sure there are some pigs who do like a little paddle, but on the whole, they much prefer to run about on dry land. It's only a guinea pig who would repeatedly (and by himself) choose to get in the water and swim around that I'd actually believe liked swimming!

If you do try swimming then make sure it's shallow, at the right temperature and that you have lots of escape routes from the water so they can easily climb out themselves at any point. Never leave them unattended in water.

When guinea pigs clean themselves (which the often do after being bathed/ being in water) their eyes produce a milky substance - it's like their own windscreen washing fluid. What's not absorbed back in will be cleaned away by the guinea pig within a couple of minutes.

Becky101
07-08-04, 10:31 am
Hi there,

I think swimming sounds fun and all, but how do you know if your pigs enjoying it or hating it?? I would to try it with mine but I would be scared if somthing happened!

Becky

cavylover
07-08-04, 11:32 am
Rodents arent a swimming kind of animal exspecially guinea pigs.short stubby legs kinda chubby.I dont think its a good idea.But if you think they like it they probably dont.

mncavylover
07-09-04, 10:06 pm
I don't think I would try it... There is a risk of some of the water aspirating into the lungs and also (obviously) the risk of drowning. Try filling the bathtub with about two-three inches of warm water and letting the piggies get in by themselves. Put them in the shallower end and see if they go for a swim. It's safer than a pool. Hope this helps! =)

cavylover
07-10-04, 08:52 am
LOl here you go piggy(drops em into a 8 foot pool) Go piggy Gooooo lol.

CuteFluffyThing
07-15-04, 01:27 pm
Burnt? I think they would have a heat stroke before the sun or water fryed them.it remebrs me of one year ago when we put the gp's outside ( we didnt have a free run then) in their large base (dont know how to say it better) and we put them in the shadow under a wall and we went inside . very unhappy fact was that that day was a very special day for the weather : the sun and the wind rolled over extremely fast and temparutes heated to like 330+ in three minutes . I quickly went to go get our piggies because they where already sweating and they dug themselves in their hay to keep them fresh . I put the two piggies in my bath tub and let out a one inch nice cool refreshing water and the next half our i saw how they where playing in the water

StasiaJ26
09-02-05, 10:45 pm
Rodents arent a swimming kind of animal exspecially guinea pigs.short stubby legs kinda chubby.I dont think its a good idea.But if you think they like it they probably dont.
Amazingly though Hamsters LOVE the water.~Stasia

John4216
09-15-05, 02:35 pm
To me it's like the whole baths thing - people enjoy bathing their guinea pigs, but very few guinea pigs remotely enjoy being bathed (and if they're groomed properly and their environment is kept clean, they seldom need to be bathed anyway).

It's only a guinea pig who would repeatedly (and by himself) choose to get in the water and swim around that I'd actually believe liked swimming!

GP's are not meant nor equipped for swimming. What you said here is correct. It is people who ejoy it but the GP themselves do not. Putting a GP in water that is to deep for it to walk in and forcing it to swim is cruel and abusive not cute.

dagwellismypigy
09-15-05, 03:24 pm
Do you realize the original post was from 2002?

John4216
09-15-05, 03:33 pm
LOL no I did not even notice :)

enchantingcavy
10-05-05, 09:33 am
All I'll say is that in a full sized pool the guinea definitely didn't want to get out I spent 5-10 minutes trying to catch him because he wouldn't come back to the step or to me lol...NOT RECOMMENDED to use a full size pool for this reason but they can definitely swim in deep water no problems...I reckon itd probably depend on the individual pig wiht regards to whether they like it or not...i do know of someone locally that does swim in their pool with the guineas in summer ( all 5 at once eek! )and she reckons they thoroughly enjoy it and do it on a regular basis throughout summer...some probably like it and some probably dont.....we have really hot summers here in australia and the only time I had ever let my pig swim was simply to cure curiosity one time 4 years ago...I wanted to know if they could swim and I very cautiously and carefully went through the process of gently letting hte piggy sit on my hand over the water to find out...he then took off swimming on his own there was no force to make him...I've never done it again as I don't see much point but I don't like the idea of deliberately putting them in water to make them swim....definitely give them the choice of hopping into the water or not hopping in by either sitting them on your hand or sitting with them on something dry over the water and if they want to get in they will....

But yeah as i said i never did it again after this one time as it was simply an experiment...
Longhairs I'd definitely say not a good idea. The weight of their hair does weigh them down and yeah just not recommended...
Here's the info from a page on my webby....I did write this and do this over 4 years ago though so please bare with it its probably not written very well:cool: ...am only putting the link here to show the photos of what they look like when swimming hehe...

WARNING: If you would like to attempt watching your cavy have a swim please make sure you:
- Watch the cavy very closely 100% of the time and do not leave the cavy unattended.
- Make sure there is a towel on hand
- Do this only in nice warm temperatures so the cavy does not catch a chill
- The cavy has a place where he can swim to easily get out of the water if he needs to
- Do not push the cavy or touch him while he is swimming unless it is to lift the pig out of the water as if the cavy gets water up his nose it could get into his lungs and then cause a cold, pneumonia.
- Most cavies are fine swimming, but if the cavy is clearly not enjoying it then please do not force your cavy to do this

It was a horribly hot day one day in the summer of 2003 and I have always wondered if cavies could swim so I did the risky and went and got one of my 4 year old pet shorthair boars " Rodney ". It was quite nerve wrecking as I thought as soon as I'd let go he would get water up his nose or worse SINK! So for 20 minutes I sat with him in my hand hovering over the pool. But finally I let go and boy was he off!!! Cavies are extemely fast little swimmers and they hold their noses high in the air. Alot of the paddling is done by their front paws.

I also tried a longhair to see how they would swim. The longhairs swim just as well as the shorthairs, and look rather like swimming MOPS, although after a few minutes if their coats are long they seem to get heavy with water and the cavy struggles to keep afloat so they must be watched very carefully.

Below are some photos of Rodney and a longhair boar " Minstrel ". It was quite hard to get some photos as they are so fast! They really seemed to enjoy the water though and just came back to the edge of the pool when they were ready to hop out. It is a pity that Shampoo and Conditioner can't go in the pool or bathing would be quite easy! So for anyone that has a pool and that is allowed to use the pool for the piggies, on those hot summer days they'll enjoy a nice cool swim closely monitored by you.

enchantingcavy
10-05-05, 09:35 am
Oops forgot the pics...
http://www.geocities.com/fizzygirl28/r1done.jpghttp://www.geocities.com/fizzygirl28/r2done.jpg
http://www.geocities.com/fizzygirl28/r4done.jpg

*~jess~*

enchantingcavy
10-05-05, 09:37 am
http://www.geocities.com/fizzygirl28/r3done.jpghttp://www.geocities.com/fizzygirl28/r7done.jpg
http://www.geocities.com/fizzygirl28/r8done.jpg
*~jess~*

GuineaPigs4Life
10-07-05, 06:07 am
I don't think I would try it... There is a risk of some of the water aspirating into the lungs and also (obviously) the risk of drowning. Try filling the bathtub with about two-three inches of warm water and letting the piggies get in by themselves. Put them in the shallower end and see if they go for a swim. It's safer than a pool. Hope this helps! =)



If you are with them they wont drown :)

DocDolittle
10-07-05, 03:23 pm
Can I just say that those pigtures are absolutely hilarious.

The Magic Taco
10-09-05, 02:23 am
Oh! What you should do, you should put all your piggies on the edge of the pool and take a picture and then show them racing and then a picture of the getting out and one of them towelling down!!

citronsoul
10-10-05, 08:42 am
That's amazing! I laughed so hard when I saw these pictures. How deep is the pool?

enchantingcavy
10-11-05, 03:01 am
LOL thanks for the replies guys:) the pool was about a metre deep up the shallow end then got pretty deep down the other end as its an inground pool...it was a salt water pool I wouldn't of let them go in a chlorinated pool. He got me worried when he took off down the deep end but they are so incredibly fast at swimming I wouldn't have been able to catch him anyhow. The longhair just looked like a " mop "...oh i mean a floating mop lol...but yeah I don't intend on ever doing it again it was simply an experiment and they were very closely watched. I guess the pictures help though when sometimes people ask if pigs can swim and how deep etc etc etc....

It gets so hot here in Australia in summer though so in the midst of summer i may get one of those little shallow containers ( aruond 5-7cm deep ) for them around 1m x 1m to let them have a walk around around in...

The gold/white boy in the pictures is " Rodney " he was names after the Dr Dolittle guinea pig lol...he thought he was smart and cheeky as him to! Sadly Rodney passed away the end of last year. He was around 6 years old.

*~jess~*

The Magic Taco
10-12-05, 03:08 am
Athletes live longer lives!
I'm sorry, Jess, what a smart little piggy.

homeschoolmama
10-19-05, 10:41 am
We have a kiddie pool, and fill it 3" deep on really warm days. There are 3 large bricks in the pool, just in case they don't want to paddle around anymore. We float carrots & apple slices in the water, and stay right with them. Our boys love it. They'll use the bricks as diving boards, and will see who can shove the most carrots into their "half" of the pool. I dunno if they're hoarding them or playing keepaway, but they seem to have so much fun!

While I would never, ever put piggies in a deeper pool, ours absolutely adore playing in shallow water on hot days.

snowball~lover
10-20-05, 06:53 pm
my piggie hates water. that is so cool. I wish my snowball would swim.

weaseldropping
10-22-05, 05:26 pm
I had mine in the bath the other day - long story - and they had a great time swimming up and down. Took ages to blow dry their hair after, though!

Faunn
04-10-06, 07:13 pm
Mine doesn't even like the sound of running water. He freaks out and scrambles up my arm! Last year though, I was in our inflatable kiddie pool and I filled it to 6" in. and laid in it wiht my piggy sitting on my stomach. The water was about an inch on my belly and he just sat there with me. He has black fur, though, so he heats up quickly.

Ly&Pigs
04-10-06, 08:28 pm
Please look at the dates on threads before replying to them. If the thread is older than 2 months and you have nothing really beneficial to add to an old thread, it's better to just leave it be.

cavynut!!!
05-01-06, 06:29 pm
:) If you ask me it sounds like it would be fun as long as your extra safe and cautious, but mostly make sure your piggy is happy with what there doing.

Piggy92
07-20-06, 01:16 pm
cool...ill try it

Ly&Pigs
07-20-06, 01:44 pm
Do people NOT read things?

Percy's Mom
07-20-06, 02:12 pm
Apparently not. To reiterate what Ly ALREADY said a couple posts up:

Please look at the dates on threads before replying to them. If the thread is older than 2 months and you have nothing really beneficial to add to an old thread, it's better to just leave it be.
If you don't know how to find out how old a post is, just look at the upper left hand corner of each post. You will find a date.

Ly&Pigs
07-21-06, 10:28 am
I think it's time to close this thread because people cannot follow simple directives.