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    URI: Re: How long is a URI contagious?

    If the antibiotic is effective, the pig shouldn't be contagious after about 48 hours on it. The question is, is it effective? And there's not really any way to know that if the pig isn't getting...
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    Rehoming: Re: Rehoming my guinea pigs

    namida, we do not recommend that people buy from pet stores under any circumstances. Most guinea pigs sold in stores are bred and raised in horrible conditions. No effort is made to keep track of...
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    Not Eating: Re: Friar Tuck's medical thread

    I'm so sorry.
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    Not Eating: Re: Friar Tuck's medical thread

    Classic sign of something wrong with his back teeth. See an exotic vet with dental experience.
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    Neutering/Spaying: Re: Looking for vet/benefits

    I had seven over a period of about eight years.
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    URI: Re: Antibiotic Question

    Nebulizing plain saline can help in some situations but not in others. It's not apt to hurt anything, but it may not help, either.
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    Neutering/Spaying: Re: Looking for vet/benefits

    I had nothing but sows, and I only had one with ovarian cysts. I chose not to spay even her -- we treated her with hormones.
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    Bonding: Re: Re-bonding mom with neutered son

    The fact that they're related probably won't affect anything one way or the other. You'll have to reintroduce them as if they've never met.

    Puberty is another question altogether. They'll...
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    URI: Re: Antibiotic Question

    No, and that's one of the reasons it can even be given to guinea pigs. Anything nebulized goes directly into the lungs. If any of it ever makes it into the digestive tract, it would be as a...
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    URI: Re: Antibiotic Question

    It's one of the big guns in the antibiotic world. It can be used for several things, but it's not usually given for routine things because it is hard on the GI tract.
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    URI: Re: Antibiotic Question

    F10's not an antibiotic, it's a disinfectant. Like bleach, except presumably not as harsh. It is nebulized for snakes, but I've never heard of it being done for a guinea pig. I'm not sure I'd want...
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    Not Eating: Re: Friar Tuck's medical thread

    That's better, but that's still way too much corn. Corn these days has a tremendous amount of sugar, and I never fed mine any more than a few kernels. The silks and husks, however, are good for...
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    Re: New member here! :)

    Welcome to the forum. But please don't buy from a pet store. If you have trouble locating pigs in your area, we may be able to help you.

    And here's something to get you started:...
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    Not Eating: Re: Friar Tuck's medical thread

    Fresh corn, carrots and oranges are an awful lot of sugar for a guinea pig. And sugar can upset the digestive tract because it affects the balance of good and bad bacteria.

    I would take him off...
  15. Infection: Re: Possible Bladder Stone [Can she handle surgery?]

    3.5 what? Years or pounds?

    Bladder stones may or may not move. They can be attached to the bladder wall and not move at all. If not attached, then they may move.

    Bloat doesn't necessarily...
  16. Dominance: Re: Guinea Pig Constantly Rumblestrutting and Complaining?

    Take her to an exotic vet and have her checked for ovarian cysts. They're by far the most common reason for that kind of behavior.
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    Infection: Re: Neck lump in elderly guinea pig

    I don't know what it is, but here are a few thoughts.

    First, cysts and tumors don't usually grow that fast. That suggests that it's an infection, which should be treatable. Nothing, however, is...
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    General: Re: Is Floor Time Necessary?

    It depends on your guinea pigs. Some pigs love floor time, and will happily roam around investigating things, or will play with the toys you put down for them. Others are scared stiff and will hide...
  19. Vegetables: Re: Can guinea pigs eat broccoli and broccoli leaves?

    Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, and as such, is gas-producing and can cause serious GI problems, as Guinea Pig Papa says. Will a little bit of broccoli kill a pig? Probably not. Is it worth...
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    Infection: Re: Neck lump in elderly guinea pig

    It could be cyst or lipoma, and I'd think a cyst could grow more quickly. It would take a biopsy to be certain.

    But cyst removal isn't too bad a surgery. There are no abdominal muscles involved,...
  21. Nutrition: Re: Feeding baby pig alfalfa when he lives with an older pig?

    I'd avoid romaine. In some pigs, it causes excess calcium excretion which can contribute to bladder stones. It doesn't bother others, but there's no way to know which is which. Safer to just avoid...
  22. Nutrition: Re: Feeding baby pig alfalfa when he lives with an older pig?

    Yep. Timothy for both, and take the baby out for a parsley sprig a couple of times a day.
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    Fleece: Re: Fleece not wicking...tried everything.

    If there's a definite right and wrong side, it's almost certainly printed. Fleece with the color IN the threads is so much the same on both sides it's hard to determine which is the right side and...
  24. Bathing: Re: Using lysol spray to disinfect sink for baths

    You don't need to disinfect it with lysol. They live in lots of poop, and a sink that's just been cleaned with soap or cleanser is certainly not going to do anything detrimental to them.
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    Fleece: Re: Fleece not wicking...tried everything.

    Bleach won't fade fleece that is woven of colored threads. They're the same color all the way through. It will bleach out fleece that is printed.
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