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    Hay: Re: GuineaDad Timothy Hay.

    Peas aren't even a particularly good food for guinea pigs.
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    Tumor: Re: Benign Tumor/Cyst?

    I can't tell where on his body it is. Is the dark spot at about 1 or 2 o'clock his grease gland?

    I think I'd want an aspiration of the contents or possibly a biopsy. That should give the vet...
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    Grooming: Re: Guinea Pig Frequently Cleaning Genitals?

    He's not cleaning his penis, he's masturbating, and the odor is called "boar stank" or "boarfume." It's all perfectly normal.
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    Tumor: Re: Benign Tumor/Cyst?

    Post a close-up, well-lit picture of the spot, making sure we can tell where on her body it is.

    Tumors and cysts don't usually present as a bald spot -- that's more likely to be fungus or a...
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    Chat Re: Introducing........ Simon!

    See, he's worming his way into your heart already!
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    Frustrated: Re: Is she pregnant?

    Yep. The males have to be separated from all the females, mom included, at 21 days of age. They'll be unhappy, and lonely babies are pitiful, but it has to be done. They'll survive,, and you will...
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    Frustrated: Re: Is she pregnant?

    The 21 day rule for separating males from females has a few days leeway in it just in case the males are really precocious. Males are generally able to impregnate females at about 3.5 weeks of age,...
  8. Won't Eat Veggies: Re: Can piggies be healthy if they DON'T eat greens?

    Actually, don't give romaine lettuce. While it has no higher calcium than any other lettuce, some pig secrete excess calcium when being fed romaine (or cilantro, for that matter). And the excess...
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    Vet: Re: Searching for vet in the Berkshires, MA

    I don't see an exotic vet in Pittsfield. But if you google "exotic vets pittsfield ma" without the quotes, you'll get some hits just a little farther afield.

    Do find an exotic vet. "Small animal...
  10. Vet: Re: Sensitive Ears but Vet Rules no Infection/Parasite

    If you've got one pig with mites, they should all be treated. But you can treat yourself. See the link in post #2 above.
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    Chat Re: Introducing........ Simon!

    My word, sallyvh! How many hours a week do you spend brushing guinea pig hair?
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    Chat Re: Introducing........ Simon!

    That's a LOT of hair!

    And I think Scooter would heartily approve. Maybe he even picked Simon out for you!
  13. Fighting: Re: Piggies that have been together for a year are fighting

    A 2x4 really isn't large enough for two boars. Is it possible to expand the cage?
  14. Vet: Re: Sensitive Ears but Vet Rules no Infection/Parasite

    Umm, the vet doesn't know that you can't see mites? There are one or two kinds that can be seen, but most are invisible because they burrow into the skin. In fairness to the vet, ear mites are one...
  15. Vet: Re: Sensitive Ears but Vet Rules no Infection/Parasite

    The baby isn't quarantined if she's in the same room and only 5 feet away. They may not exchange anything that requires direct contact, but they could certainly give each other an airborne illness....
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    Sexing: Re: Confirm sex of guinea pig?

    Compare him to http://www.cavyspirit.com/sexing.htm.

    If he's male, you'll be able to feel the bone in the penis by pushing your finger across his abdomen, right at his genitalia. If you press...
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    Frustrated: Re: Is she pregnant?

    What is the size of the cage? Length in inches and feet in inches?
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    Introductions: Re: Introducing dad, mom, and baby girl

    It's not unusual as a dominance thing. When pigs have been separated for a while, there'll definitely be a dominance struggle. Cookie can probably put a stop to it when she gets tired of it.
  19. Vet: Re: Sensitive Ears but Vet Rules no Infection/Parasite

    I'd treat her for mites. https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/111160-How-to-treat-for-mites-and-lice. And I'd put cold pressed coconut oil on the crusty places.

    It's extremely unlikely...
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    Behavior: Re: Eating too fast and what to do about it?

    The only other thing I can think of is that she may just be really hungry. Does she always have hay in the cage?
  21. Introductions: Re: Introducing Guinea Pigs In A Small House?

    The bible on introductions: http://www.guinealynx.info/introductions.html.

    Most pigs prefer a buddy, and you won't know until you try.

    Just as an FYI, you won't be "bonding" them. You'll be...
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    Nutrition: Re: Corn husk and low calcium diet

    They're fine to feed, fresh or dried, if you strip the outer husks off to get rid of the pesticides.
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    Behavior: Re: Eating too fast and what to do about it?

    Are you talking about vegetables? If so, what size chunks do you cut them in? I think they're much more likely to eat too fast with small bits than with big chunks.

    If you decide to put marbles...
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    Skin Problems: Re: Sansa’s Infections

    I'd assume that it's a fungal infection and get some Lotrimin and apply twice daily to all spots with a q-tip. You can do this for a few days, and if the spots don't get any larger and you begin to...
  25. Won't Eat Veggies: Re: Can piggies be healthy if they DON'T eat greens?

    Slow down. A lot. Create a partial shelter at the end of her cage with a towel over it, put her food and hay under the shelter and the water just outside. Give her time to settle in and eat her...
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