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PuffPigs
11-22-12, 12:44 pm
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to introduce myself. I am Puffpigs.

I have two amazing little pigs.
Nora is my oldest and first pig. Shes a little red head with a cow lick on her head. She has the most personality ever. I never knew guinea pigs had so much personality. Shes feisty and loves her veggies and cuddle-time.

Ellie is my newest pig. Shes a sweetheart. So docile and calm. She's not as adventurous as Nora but she loves to cuddle.

I will be posting pictures later today.

Thanks for reading :)

ssssarah
11-22-12, 01:33 pm
welcome :) your pigs sound precious!

BlueberryMuffin
11-22-12, 03:30 pm
Welcome! This is a great website to help with your guinea pigs life. (It helped me a lot.) Your cavies sound adorable!!

Best of luck,
Warner

PuffPigs
11-27-12, 09:38 am
Sorry! Meant to post pictures but it has been so crazy lately. If I get the chance, I will post some tonight.
Sadly last night I had to separate my two girls. Nora has a cut on her back that was scabbed over and looks suspiciously like a bit. I've never noticed them attacking each other, they seem pretty laid back. Though, I noticed during play time that they kept poking each other and squealing.
I have moved them with me, so I'm thinking the stress of moving into a new house could have set off a little aggressiveness.
Once they were separated though Nora seemed more happy. She was happily eating her hay and carrots.
I don't know what to do, I have been keeping eyes on Nora's cut. Looks pretty good, but fighting pigs are stressing me out. lol

YourSoJelly
11-27-12, 10:20 am
Sorry to hear about the fighting. I thought I knew about guinea pigs. BOY WAS I WRONG! This website had helped me IMENSLY!!! I can only hope that It can do the same for you! Welcome! :hug:

PuffPigs
11-27-12, 10:44 am
Thank you. I am ready as much as I can about this website. I want to learn everything lol

RodentCuddles
11-27-12, 11:02 am
Sadly last night I had to separate my two girls. Nora has a cut on her back that was scabbed over and looks suspiciously like a bit. I've never noticed them attacking each other, they seem pretty laid back. Though, I noticed during play time that they kept poking each other and squealing.
I have moved them with me, so I'm thinking the stress of moving into a new house could have set off a little aggressiveness.
Once they were separated though Nora seemed more happy. She was happily eating her hay and carrots.
I don't know what to do, I have been keeping eyes on Nora's cut. Looks pretty good, but fighting pigs are stressing me out. lol

What size cage were they in?

RubyRain
11-27-12, 11:42 am
Welcome!
I was going to ask about cage size too-that can make a big difference if it's too small.
If it's already large enough, do you have 2 hidey houses and 2 food bowls, etc? They can be territorial about things like that.
How long have they been together?

PuffPigs
11-27-12, 12:07 pm
Hi guys,

I do have multiple hidey houses and dishes. I have them in the 2X4. Maybe that's the issue then? The cage too small?
I was in the works of increasing it, but then I found the bite marks.

RubyRain
11-27-12, 12:16 pm
That size works for many, but some prefer a 2x5 for 2 pigs. A larger cage might help but it's not guaranteed if their personalities just don't match. It's certainly worth a try though! Bigger is always better for piggie cages.

How long have they been together? Could they still be working out their dominance issues?

PuffPigs
11-27-12, 12:24 pm
They've been together since May. Nora only had a couple issues, she considered me her property and didn't like Ellie coming near me. They warmed up together and were doing good. Nora occasionally would show Ellie whose boss. Nothing major, just poke her. Ellie was smaller than Nora when I got her, however it seems the tide has turned and Ellie is the troublemaker now. I think it could be they are still working out their issues, but they were good before I moved. Maybe they are still stressed?

RubyRain
11-27-12, 01:24 pm
It may not have been aggressive behavior then. It may just have been 2 piggies in the same hidey and one crawled over the other and scratched her with her nails or nipped to get the other out of the way or something similar.
Hopefully it was just an isolated incident.

PuffPigs
11-28-12, 02:47 pm
Hey
It could have been that. I have been trimming nails, don't like when they are really sharp. I am hoping to build the new cage tonight and hopefully, fingers crossed, that they will get along better.
I checked on them this morning and they seem to be ok. Nora is out and about eating. Ellie spends most her time in her house. She's always been a skiddish pig.
Since moving, I haven't really seen them popcorn. They use to all the time at my old place. Could they be super stressed out?

PuffPigs
11-29-12, 09:14 am
Hey guys,

I booked an appointment for today and I will update later today.

CourtArtanis
11-29-12, 10:39 am
Bitemarks can be accidental when they are playfighting/grooming or just general bickering. I'm sure the vet will inform you better (assuming that's what the appointment is for?)

PuffPigs
11-29-12, 10:58 am
Well, I've felt some lumps on Nora and want to get them checked. She was eating much yesterday so I thought I may as well get her checked. I want to make sure she's ok or what needs to be done.

Thanks about bite marks. It is healing well.

CourtArtanis
11-29-12, 11:32 am
Well, I've felt some lumps on Nora and want to get them checked. She was eating much yesterday so I thought I may as well get her checked. I want to make sure she's ok or what needs to be done.

Thanks about bite marks. It is healing well.

Oh no :( Well lumps are rarely sinister, they are usually like fatty cysts and sometimes abcesses around the jaw - they normally go.
Always best to get a professional opinion :)

PuffPigs
11-29-12, 12:09 pm
Hopefully it is nothing. I've felt them near her pelvis and silly me looked online and saw what it could be. I need to stop googling things lol.
I am lucky. There is only one rodent vet in my town. Thank goodness I found someone.
I will definitely post pictures of the cuties and update on what went down at the vet.

LithiumRiot
11-29-12, 12:19 pm
Bitemarks can be accidental when they are playfighting/grooming or just general bickering. I'm sure the vet will inform you better (assuming that's what the appointment is for?)

From what I know, guinea pigs dont playfight. They arent like dogs.

To the OP: if they are fighting, it is probably due to cage size. But sometimes pigs just arent the right fit. My pigs barely get along in an almost 3x4, so sometimes it's personality

PuffPigs
11-29-12, 12:31 pm
They use to get along pretty well. No fights or anything just little pokes. Could be that Nora isn't feeling well and that's why they are fighting.

CourtArtanis
11-29-12, 12:57 pm
From what I know, guinea pigs dont playfight. They arent like dogs.

To the OP: if they are fighting, it is probably due to cage size. But sometimes pigs just arent the right fit. My pigs barely get along in an almost 3x4, so sometimes it's personality

No, they don't playfight the same way as dogs. I meant friendly scrapping for dominance or food or whatever else it may be.

foggycreekcavy
11-29-12, 01:11 pm
Oh no :( Well lumps are rarely sinister, they are usually like fatty cysts and sometimes abcesses around the jaw - they normally go.
Always best to get a professional opinion :)


Lumps can be no problem, like fatty tumors and sebaceous cysts, if they are small. However, If fatty tumors are too large, or there are too many, they can inhibit the way a pig moves and need to be removed. Same with sebaceous cysts, which sometimes will grow and grow, and burst, and then will need removal.

Lumps can also be abscesses, which can be very difficult to treat in guinea pigs. They either must be removed, or lanced open and flushed out several times a day. Antibiotics need to be given.

And of course lumps can also mean tumors, both cancerous and benign. They are usually removed surgically.

Have you taken them to the vet yet? I was confused--it sounded like you already took them, but didn't leave an update so I wasn't sure.

PuffPigs
11-29-12, 01:11 pm
I'm glad I joined this forum. Love learning new information. Hoping to get this all figured out and have my pigs resume living happily and comfortably.

PuffPigs
11-29-12, 01:13 pm
No sorry haven't taken them yet. Appointment is at 3:40 this afternoon. I will give full update once I make it home and having them back in cage and settled.

PuffPigs
11-29-12, 06:51 pm
Hey guys. Went to vet today. He said that she looks good. The lump issue I brought up didn't appear to be anything.(He couldn't find anything) I will however keep an eye on it.(Unless I am imagining things.)
She is on baytril for the bite mark. Vet just doesn't want to get infected and just to make sure thats not the problem.

I have been reading about ivermectin. Is the only place to get that is from a vet?

PuffPigs
11-29-12, 06:54 pm
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foggycreekcavy
11-29-12, 06:57 pm
I think in some places you can only get it from a vet (perhaps Canada). Hopefully some other Canadians will get on here and help with that.

Your pigs are so cute! How old are they? Baytril usually isn't prescribed for young pigs.

PuffPigs
11-29-12, 07:03 pm
Those are older pics, the only ones on my computer at the moment lol. Nora(redhead) was born in March of this year.
Ellie was born in April.
Sadly there was only one vet that looks after rodents in my town, but I am glad I went. Happy to have peace of mind.