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    Lethargy: Re: Sort of lethargic guinea pig?

    Is this vet clinic an exotics clinic or just small animal clinic? The vets I have gone to don't use rectal thermometers. They take temperatures using a digitial thermometer and scan in the ear canal....
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    Behavior: Re: Won't Get Back Down Ramp?

    Is the ramp fairly steep? Guinea pigs really have no depth perception and can't see below their jaw line, so she might think she's going to fall.
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    Fleece: Re: Getting hair out of fleece in the dryer

    As Guinea Pig Papa said, fabric softener sheets or liquid will cause issues with absorbency. If hair is really imbedded in the fleece, you may want to try a different type of fleece, such as the...
  4. Cleaning: Re: Real-world feedback on fleece cage lining, please!

    I've found that the plush anti-pill fleece works best for me. It's a little silkier in texture so the hay doesn't get imbedded in the fabric. It's a little thicker, hold it's color longer, and washes...
  5. Bedding: Re: Shredded paper bedding and/or waterproof bed pads under fleece?

    I have something similar, they are waterproof incontinence bed pads that are washable. I use a layer of fleece on the top and I don't sew them together. Everything is easier to wash when it's all...
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    Lethargy: Re: Sort of lethargic guinea pig?

    Did the vet do any diagnostic testing, blood test, or ultrasound to determine where this mass was located? I ask because the meds you received are to balance digestive bacteria, a dewormer for...
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    Bonding: Re: Dogs and guinea pigs?

    There is also the issue with bordatella virus between dogs and guinea pigs. Healthy vaccinated dogs carry the virus and it causes respiratory disease in guinea pigs. Dogs and guinea pigs should not...
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    Sick: Re: Bella lethargic

    When Lacey became ill, she stopped drinking from her bottle. She would take a swipe at it but not touch it, like it hurt her mouth. I could see she was getting dehydrated and I put a shallow dish of...
  9. What breed?: Re: Does my gray white crested piggie (grayson) have roan?

    Roans have pure white hairs intermixed throughout the colored hairs on their bodies. So brush the fur backwards and see if there are completely white hairs mixed in. My understanding is the roan’s...
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    Cage: Re: Advice with water bottles

    Check if you can add an extra rinse to your wash cycle, that may help get more hair out.
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    Eyes: Re: Little Bear's ouchie eye

    I’m wishing the best for Little Bear. He’s in good hands with you.
  12. Re: Guidance needed please - new to guinea pigs

    You might also try putting a little stuffed animal in the cage near a corner or hidey. Make sure there are no plastic eyes or nose, and no ribbons he could chew on. Mine has a stuffed bunny from...
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    Behavior: Re: Questions About Diet

    You could also try fresh corn husks. Take the outside husks off and use the softer husks on the inside. I wash them and tear them in about 1/2 inch strips. They add some fiber to the diet.
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    General: Re: Funny Guinea Pigs Calls

    I just say, “Hey Lacey” and no matter what she’s doing her head pops up and she trots over to the corner of her cage. Once in a while she has a food emergency. She’ll be just sitting there and she’ll...
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    Cage: Re: Advice with water bottles

    Yes, hay is eventually everywhere and they like to burrow into it. At some point the hay pile will also be a toilet. So cardboard boxes of any kind will be soiled. A woven piece of fabric lying flat...
  16. Diet: Re: Questions about diet change with abnormal poops/pee deposits

    Veggies can cause bloat and mushy poops if too many are fed or if your guinea pig is sensitive. Avoid dark green veggies like spinach since the calcium levels are high. Romaine lettuce can cause...
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    Sick: Re: Bella lethargic

    I hope she continues to eat and starts drinking. My understanding is dehydration causes digestive slowdown and can cause impaction because there isn’t enough fluid to lubricate the intestines. So...
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    Liners: Re: Side by side liner experiment....

    I use washable bed pads under a layer of fleece and keep the layers separate. They’re easier to wash than when they’re sewn together.

    Wee pads in the corners of the cage will keep the cage clean...
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    Cage: Re: Advice with water bottles

    I use washable bed pads that are waterproof as the bottom absorbent layer. They last for years. For the top I use Joann Fabric anti-pill plush, as Smileandnod recommended. It washes better, is...
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    Sick: Re: Bella lethargic

    When mine was ill and not eating or drinking, I syringed Pedialyte mixed with watermelon water. It got her to take the syringe easier and I gradually watered it down a bit. I also used watermelon...
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    Sick: Re: Bella lethargic

    I just went through a week of syringe feeding and watering, so I empathize. Maybe try mixing the CC with a little fruit juice. I mixed the Apple Banana flavor with Pedialyte and juice from...
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    Supplements: Re: Oasis vita C drops

    According to the package instructions, 8 drops contain 25 mg of vitamin C. For a recuperating pig, 12 drops might be better. They recommend 2 Vita Drops per 1 ounce of water, and it is assumed the...
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    Hay: Re: Oxbow 90oz hay bags are cursed

    I had issues with the 90 oz bags as well. The hay seemed more coarse and Lacey seemed to leave a lot of it uneaten. So I started buying the 40 oz size. I put it in a big dog food bin which makes it...
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    Cage: Re: Where are the doors?

    As far as fleece goes, you don't need to buy a liner. You can buy fleece by the yard on sale, and layer it over an absorbent layer like washable bed pads. It doesn't have to be sewn together and will...
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    Pellets: Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    When you separate the food into containers, can you put the containers in the refrigerator? That would keep the pellets fresh and bug-free.
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