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  1. Special Needs: Re: Issues with immune system and need special food

    Yes the essentials line is a better choice for fussy guinea pigs. It is great she already eats the vitamin C tablets from Oxbow.
  2. Special Needs: Re: Issues with immune system and need special food

    The best immune boosting foods are food that are well balanced in vitamins. Nothing suppresses the immune system more than being deficient in a nutrient. For this reason I would suggest instead going...
  3. Bonding: Re: Bonding - How Long for Introduction to New Pig

    Depending on what bedding you use, going a week with little or no poop scooping isn't necessarily a huge deal.

    Sure it leaves a mess for you to clean up at the end of the week, and isn't ideal,...
  4. Conditions: Re: Are my piggies' behaviours normal? I'm so worried.

    First things first the cage is much too small, it will be ok for now but they are going to get much bigger and it will be much too small very soon. They need to figure out who is dominant and they...
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    General: Re: Guinea pig possibly pregnant

    It would be best to act as if she is pregnant until it is proven otherwise. Yes she could be pregnant, just not as far along as the other girl, depending on how long the male was in with them.
  6. Introductions: Re: Introducing a male guinea pig to my two females

    Is the male neutered?

    Two sows and one neutered boar has worked well for me in the past, he liked both girls and they both liked him. My neutered boar is currently with three sows now, but he gets...
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    Sexing: Re: Please help me gender these 3 cubs?

    You can feel just above their genitals too, males have a bone in their penis and this can be felt as a firm line just under the skin. Females will not have this line.

    Here are also some photos of...
  8. Cleaning: Re: Real-world feedback on fleece cage lining, please!

    As long as when you test it water passes through it to an absorbent material then it is fine to use. New fleece usually has a coating on it that prevents the water from passing through so it instead...
  9. Cleaning: Re: Real-world feedback on fleece cage lining, please!

    The way fleece works is it acts as an upper dry layer that allows liquids to pass to a lower bedding layer that is absorbent. The fleece itself doesn't get wet so they aren't in a constantly damp...
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    Allergies: Re: Possible Timothy hay allergy.

    The brand of hay doesn't really matter, but if you find it too dusty and you may be allergic to timothy do consider having a discussion with your parents. Look for non-timothy hay options that come...
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    Lethargy: Re: Sort of lethargic guinea pig?

    1cc is 1ml.

    Some foods can cause pink urine, but strawberries aren't one of them.
  12. Thread: Tickles

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    Behavior: Re: Tickles

    Yawing is aggressive body language in guinea pigs it means "look at how big my teeth are, don't mess with me". They don't yawn when they are tired like us, they yawn as a warning before they bite.
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    General: Re: Funny Guinea Pigs Calls

    Mine is "hey piggy-pig" or "piggy-pigs", they know I have a treat when I say that.

    The other sound that always gets them going is the wheels of the hay bin on the wooden floor, or really any...
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    Behavior: Re: Questions About Diet

    You could give fresh grass as a treat, provided you have a good source of clean chemical free grass. Technically they can have as much as they want, but not immediately. You do need to slowly work...
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    Behavior: Re: Questions About Diet

    If a guinea pig is having issues with calcium in their urine from romaine I wouldn't recommend replacing the romaine with kale or parsley, as those vegetables are both quite high in calcium. The...
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    UTI: Re: UTI that's gotten worse!

    Has she been x-rayed for bladder stones/sludge? Id be worried there is something more going on with reoccurring UTI's.

    Have you got any small fleece pads? If you do it may help her to put one...
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    Weight Loss: Re: Baby guinea pig weight loss

    It takes a day or so for their milk to start to come in, so weight loss over the first day or two in the pups is expected and normal. She likely isn't interested in feeding them at the moment because...
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    Vet Costs: Re: Curious of prices in your area

    Also if the lump is an abscess (they are usually hard, but moveable, and develop suddenly) you may not need to have it removed either, you could instead ask the pricing on having it lanced (cut...
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    Adopt vs. Buy: Re: Impulse buyers, stupid questions, etc

    Obviously the best choice is to get from owners who can no longer keep them, or have accidentally had a litter, or from a rescue.

    However if none of those are reasonable options (as in not within...
  20. Bonding: Re: I want to add a 4th female guinea pig to a bonded trio

    I have rarely ever had issues adding sows to a group. There are of course exceptions, and not all sows get along. I have never found group size to impact whether or not sows get along.

    Don't...
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    Behavior: Re: Aggression?? Please help!!!

    If they had de-escalated the fight on their own, and no one is bleeding, then leave them together. They are at the right age to have some dominance struggles, so they are fighting to determine who is...
  22. Hair Loss: Re: 1 piggie out of 8 have a V spot on her back

    Bascially they say horses only so if you use it on something else and something bad happens you can't sue them. There are a couple dog breeds that are highly sensitive to ivermectin and using it on...
  23. Hair Loss: Re: 1 piggie out of 8 have a V spot on her back

    Yes 10mg/ml is a 1% solution. This is the right dosage chart for guinea pigs when using a 1% ivermectin solution https://www.guinealynx.info/topical_ivermectin.html

    A 15ml syringe is more then...
  24. Hair Loss: Re: 1 piggie out of 8 have a V spot on her back

    I would treat for mites first using ivermectin in your situation. Given the location and pattern of hair loss it has to be from her biting at herself, and the most likely cause is parasites. When you...
  25. Re: Cupcake, Cookie and Cali: Rescue Pets of the Week - St. Cloud Times

    No they are not roan. Roan has to be specifically solid white furs mixed in patches of colour, the only one of the three currently adoptable sows that even has any white on her at all is Cookie but...
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