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    Injury: Re: Chippy Eye Removal

    I should have been more specific - some opioid pain meds can slow digestion. Metacam and carprofen are sometimes given for pain as well as gut stasis and they are NSAIDs so should not interfere with...
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    Hair Loss: Re: Guinea pig has bald patches. Help.

    You might check with the vet clinic to see if they can do a video appointment to start with. You will most likely still have to get an actual appointment at the clinic, but they would be able to...
  3. Behavior: Re: My piggy seems scared? He is very quiet and runs away.

    Guinea pigs can get spooked by any number of things. They are prey animals and always on the alert for predators. Has anything changed in the room? My guinea pig has been spooked by the vacuum...
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    Injury: Re: Chippy Eye Removal

    I think bugging him could turn out to be a good thing. As he moves around it helps digestion. Pain meds can slow digestion. I’m wishing the best for him and for your mom. You have your hands full...
  5. Water: Re: Guinea Pig struggling to drink from water bottle. Nozzle is too big?

    You might try hanging a shallow coffee cup on the side of the cage for water. I do this for pellets. It stays clean, can’t be tipped, and is easily reached.
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    Size: Re: How Many Piggies Can Be Housed in here?

    If it were me I would go with 4. They would love the space, it would be easier to clean and easier to be creative rearranging hideys and tunnels. And if you get an even number, on the chance that...
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    Frustrated: Re: Found abandoned guinea pigs

    Such good news! Thanks for the update!
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    Injury: Re: Chippy Eye Removal

    I’m wishing all the best for Chippy and hoping that the surgeon can get this taken care of.
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    Sick: Re: Pappy Pappersons Medical Thread

    I made so sorry about Pappy. He obviously was a special pig and although it was difficult for you, he was so fortunate to be loved and held as he passed. My condolences.
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    Not Eating: Re: Friar Tuck's medical thread

    My condolences, I am so sorry. He was so special, and I loved hearing about his antics and adventures. You cared for him so well and he had such a good life. Take care of yourself.
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    Rehoming: Re: Rehoming my guinea pigs

    It's frustrating that some parents don't realize the lessons they are really teaching their children. If a pet is ill, they don't want to pay for vet care so they let the pet suffer. If they have an...
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    Not Eating: Re: Friar Tuck's medical thread

    You are so observant! Yes, there looks like a little swelling on the right side of his face and the front teeth are angled. I'm hoping the best for you two at the vet appointment tomorrow. Luckily...
  13. Thread: Warm ears?

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    Sick: Re: Warm ears?

    Part of the way they regulate body temperature is through their ears. If the room is warm, that may be what’s going on. If the ears seem inflamed, that’s another story since they do get ear...
  14. Infection: Re: Possible Bladder Stone [Can she handle surgery?]

    I think an ultrasound is a good idea and very easy to do. In my experience they can check the abdomen, bladder, and uterus quite easily, and see any masses or abnormalities.

    Baytril will I’ll...
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    General: Re: Is Floor Time Necessary?

    I have grids connected together for a large portable fence that I use for floor time. Lacey enjoys exploring for a while, then eats her fill and takes a nap. One thing that I’ve done in the past is...
  16. Thread: Overweight sow

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    Diet: Re: Overweight sow

    Glad you find it useful. I had just retired and was an avid Excel user, so my former coworkers got a good laugh out of the new spreadsheet for guinea pigs!
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    Fleece: Re: Fleece not wicking...tried everything.

    Here is a trick to find the right side of fleece. First, fleece stretches more across the width than on the selvage edge. So hold the stretchy edge and give it a good stretch. The edge will curl, and...
  18. Thread: Greetings!

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    Re: Greetings!

    Welcome to the forum. There are a lot of experienced guinea pig people here so if you ever have questions, someone will help you out.

    BTW: When I saw your name, I thought of a song by Weird Al...
  19. Thread: Overweight sow

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    Diet: Re: Overweight sow

    Both of your guinea pigs look healthy and a good weight. It's best to weigh the same time each day to get an accurate weight. Otherwise, they eat, they drink, they pee and their weights are all over...
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    Not Eating: Re: Friar Tuck's medical thread

    What a difference! His feet are looking great! If it were me, I would just keep up with the silver sulfadiazine/coconut oil. Epsom salt is great for reducing inflammation and cleansing but it is very...
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    Fleece: Re: Fleece pee pad?

    When I make these I have used lightweight kitchen towels, dish dryer mats, and microfiber towels for the middle absorbent layer. They wash and dry better if they’re a little lighter. I also make one...
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    Upper Levels: Re: Decorative Loft Front - Safe?

    If they aren’t chewers I would think windows could be made out of the sheet protectors that are used in ring binders. That ice cream truck is really cute.
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    Not Eating: Re: Friar Tuck's medical thread

    So glad to read this. I thought of him today when I put coconut oil on Lacey’s feet and I was hoping he was healing up.
  24. Pellets: Re: To switch or not to switch pellets? Predicament

    My personal experience with Oxbow Garden Select was that my guinea pig liked the pellets for a while and then decided she was no longer interested. I ended up going back to the Essentials. I even...
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    Not Eating: Re: Friar Tuck's medical thread

    I hope he’s improving. You caught it early on so hopefully you’ll get it under control.

    I thought of him when I put coconut oil on Lacey’s feet this morning. I do that every few days since the...
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