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bettafishrcool
03-14-14, 02:20 pm
Hi my name is Aimee Lee and I don't have any guinea pigs yet but I would appreciate some advice that's why I joined this blog thingy lol! And what saddens me is that I don't have an exotic pet vet near my house and its soooooooo expensive :/ would petsmart work? I know you guys say adopt not buy but you could also save a lil piggy from going into the wrongs hands to little kids parents who don't know what they are doing but I believe in both :) so yea! That's why I joined please leave tips and advice below about anything u know I guess! Thanks!:o

Princess_Piggie
03-14-14, 02:34 pm
No, buying is not saving for one reason; supply and demand. When you buy that pig, a sow is bred to produce more to replace it. That can lead to the sows death.

Look on petfinder, craigslist, classifieds for a guinea pig that's up for adoption. Petsmart, and Petco, do not provide proper veterinary care as the majority of them leave sick pigs up for sale, because they don't know the signs, let alone how to treat.

You need to have a cavy savvy vet within reach otherwise if you end up with a sick or injured pig, they may not receive proper treatment. Most general vets don't know how to treat cavies.

ETA - The 'buying from petco/smart is saving the pigs life' subject can spawn a lot of debate. My opinion is the majority of users opinions also, but some disagree also. Just a heads up.

PiggieWigglies
03-14-14, 04:16 pm
Hi and welcome! Here are some tips:


Pellets: A good brand of pellets to get is Oxbow Cavy Cuisine for pigs 6 months and up, Oxbow Cavy Preformance for newborns to 6 months old (it has extra calcium for them to grow) and KMS Hayloft. You will need PLAIN Timothy pellets, no nuts, seeds, or colores bits. The amount of pellets to give your pig is 1/8 of a cup per pig, per day. Pigs under 6 months can have unlimited pellets.


Hay: Guinea pigs need a long grass hay to keep their teeth worn down and their gut moving. Good hay to give them is either Timothy or Orchard. There are more substitutes but I cant think of the other substitutes. Baby guinea pigs need Timothy hay, along with either parsley or alfalfa hay WITH their Timothy for extra calcium to grow. Alfalfa is not a long grass hay to be feeding your pig. Its a legume like a pea, and does not keep their teeth worn down. Guinea pigs need hay 24/7.


Water: People say water bottles are the best choice, because water dishes get too dirty and can flip over. If you are worried about extra minerals in the water and you have a Brita Filter you can use that (I use it)


Cage: A C&C cage is the best type of cage for a pig. If you look around you can see where to get DIY tips and items on how to build one. The minium space for two pigs is 2x4 grids. If you can fit it, 2x5 is preferred. Warning: if you get grids, make sure the squares are 9x9 in the grid. They changed some of them to 8x8 and peoplea guinea pigs were getting heads stuck in the bars.


Bedding: Nice beddings to use are either fleece, or kiln dried pine shavings/aspen shavings. Never use Cedar because the oils in it cause respitory and foot problems.


Hide Houses: Every guinea pig needs a hidey house. Dont get the medium size pigloo, those cause lack air circulation and who wants their pig sitting in a stink hut. Each hide house you get will need to have 1 entrance and 1 exit. Some people including me use RubberMaid stools for hidey houses. There are other house options besides stools dont worry.


Veggies: Good veggies to give your pig are: Green/red leaf lettuce, cherry tomato, carrots every once in awhile, and green bell peppers. Green bell peppers are a good source of vitamin c for a pig. Piggies cant make their own vitamin c, so giving them 1/8 of a green pepper a day will help them. To add about the carrots; guinea pigs cant process sugar that well, so keeping the amounts of fruit and carrots small and spread apart is best. There are other veggies you can give your pig and how often to, and what veggies are not good to give: http://www.guineapigcages.com/food/V...uit-Charts.pdf


Care and cleaning of your pig: Guinea pigs rarely need baths, unless they are super smelly or dirty. A good shampoo to use for your pig is either Gorgeous Guineas, or Squeaky Clean for small animals from a petstore. Also, their nails do grow and there are tutorials on how to clip them or have a vet clip them for you. If you ever need a vet, make sure they are an exotic pet vet and are cavy savy.


Getting a buddy and how to introduce: Guinea pigs are happier with a buddy. If you are looking to get a buddy, please check recues, craigslist, or petfinder. Do not go to a petstore or a breeder. This forum is anti-breeding/petstore and pro-adoption. Breeding guinea pigs is hard on the mother and babies. There are enough pigs without homes in the world, breeding makes it worse. Breeding also means a 20% chance the mom might die. Anyway back to buddies and introductions. You will need a same sex pig friend for your own pig, or if your pig is a girl you could also find a neutered boy. After you found your desired pig, there is a 21 day quarentine to make sure your new pig isnt sick. Quarentine needs to be in a different cage, in a different room. After quarentine is over, find a large open space for your pigs to meet. It needs to be on neutral ground where neither pig has been before. Do not just plop your guinea pigs in a cage, this needs to be done on neutral ground. Put a pile of some veggies in the area and a pile of hay, and put the pigs in the area. See this for more details: http://www.cavyspirit.com/sociallife.htm


Thats all the (long) advice I have to offer :) In my opinion, going to a petstore to "save a guinea pig" isnt really saving. Because then the store owners think they need more of a "stock" of guinea pigs and they order more. The mothers are bred back to back in a breeding mill, and kept in yucky conditions. Alot of the pigs are sick in petstores because of the conditions they're kept in. Breeding a sow means theres a 20% chance she may die. There are plenty of pigs in shelters homeless, why buy a pig from a petstore to have more be bred and fill his/her place?

Starthecavy123
03-14-14, 05:45 pm
Hi and welcome to the forum.

Buying from a pet store is not really saving and there's gonna be some debate about it.

Rywen
03-14-14, 07:59 pm
Welcome to the forum! Look on guinea pig zone, pet finder and Craig's list for people rehoming piggies. Also if you have an animal shelter or humane society they may get piggies sometimes. Good luck!

bettafishrcool
03-14-14, 08:55 pm
Omg thanks for all these wonderful tips this means a lot to me :love:

spudsthepiget
03-14-14, 10:09 pm
Hi Aimee and welcome! If you go to www.guineapigzone.com , they have a guinea pig vet locator as well as a guinea pig locator. Some colleges with vet programs will also treat piggies; cavy-savy vets are a must.

As others have said, please opt to adopt. There are so many piggies out there in need of homes, and not to mention the month of March is Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month.

Hope to see you around the forum! :)

bettafishrcool
03-15-14, 07:56 am
Ok now that it's been explained to me I understand more about adopt not buy thanks for y'all s help :)

bettafishrcool
03-15-14, 08:11 am
Ok I searched vets in my area and there is only one vet that does guinea pigs in the whole state of Louisiana!!!!! And it's almost 30 miles away so it will be 60 miles or more in total :( help! I can ask my dogs vet if he knows about small animals

Princess_Piggie
03-15-14, 09:26 am
If he says he is, ask him for examples of what he's done, how he's treated them etc.

bettafishrcool
03-15-14, 09:49 am
Ok thanks princess_piggie

maddy harper
03-15-14, 11:42 am
Hi and welcome.

Pipandpoppy
03-16-14, 04:38 pm
If you buy a guineapig from a pet shop you are telling them people want them so the mass breed them and sows will die.
Where as at rescues you are saving pigs from little girls and boys who did not treat them well.They will get a new start

Zombie Queen
03-17-14, 01:08 pm
Where in Louisiana are you. I wouldn't mind searching for cavvy savvy vets and the piggies themselves!

bettafishrcool
03-17-14, 01:16 pm
Where in Louisiana are you. I wouldn't mind searching for cavvy savvy vets and the piggies themselves!
Awe thanks my mom doesn't want anymore animals right now anyway but that's very sweet of you and I live near Covington and Mandeville

Zombie Queen
03-17-14, 02:58 pm
Awe thanks my mom doesn't want anymore animals right now anyway but that's very sweet of you and I live near Covington and Mandeville


So, I know your parents said you couldn't have any pets, but I thought I would just show the options you have right now that does not include buying a piggy from the pet store, or a breeder...for when and if you can have a pet guinea pig!

This first oneis right near you in Mandeville!

http://www.guineapigzone.com/guinea-pigs-for-sale-adoption/4036-rehoming-4-female-guinea-pigs-together-or-in-pairs-of-2




http://neworleans.craigslist.org/grd/4375453676.html

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=27505411

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/27504942/

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=27506157

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=28033227

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=28033235

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=28033242

Exotic Vets:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northshore-Exotic-Veterinary-Services/315391285229416

http://www.veterinarians.com/profile/banfield-pet-hospital-covington-covington-louisiana.html

http://www.veterinarians.com/profile/pet-care-center-ponchatoula-louisiana.html


Now I'll be totally honest...they were kind of harder to find than a more city like area, but this only took me 5 minutes to find! The guinea pigs I found, are no more than an hour away.

bettafishrcool
03-17-14, 03:07 pm
So, I know your parents said you couldn't have any pets, but I thought I would just show the options you have right now that does not include buying a piggy from the pet store, or a breeder...for when and if you can have a pet guinea pig!

This first oneis right near you in Mandeville!omg thanks so much you are the best thanks!

http://www.guineapigzone.com/guinea-pigs-for-sale-adoption/4036-rehoming-4-female-guinea-pigs-together-or-in-pairs-of-2




http://neworleans.craigslist.org/grd/4375453676.html

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=27505411

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/27504942/

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=27506157

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=28033227

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=28033235

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/?id=28033242

Exotic Vets:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northshore-Exotic-Veterinary-Services/315391285229416

http://www.veterinarians.com/profile/banfield-pet-hospital-covington-covington-louisiana.html

http://www.veterinarians.com/profile/pet-care-center-ponchatoula-louisiana.html


Now I'll be totally honest...they were kind of harder to find than a more city like area, but this only took me 5 minutes to find! The guinea pigs I found, are no more than an hour away.

bettafishrcool
03-17-14, 03:08 pm
Thanks so much u are the best!

bettafishrcool
03-17-14, 03:26 pm
And Zombiequeen I've been looking at Mis, Snuggles, and Cuddles for the past week right when I saw them I fell in love :love:

bettafishrcool
03-17-14, 03:32 pm
Mia* sorry not Mis

Zombie Queen
04-04-14, 02:15 am
I just saw this post, I'm sorry I haven't replied.

Did you end up getting Mia and Snuggles?