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  1. 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...
  3. 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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    Frustrated: Re: Is she pregnant?

    Bigger cage. Aren't you the one we told a few weeks ago that the babies would get their ears gnawed off if the cage was too crowded?
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    Re: My baby Scooter. I will miss you so.

    I am so sorry, Guinea Pig Papa. RIP, Scooter. You had the great good fortune to live with one of the premier guinea pig caregivers of the world, and he'll miss you forever.
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    Introductions: Re: Introducing dad, mom, and baby girl

    It sounds very doable. Six weeks is plenty long enough time for him to be sterile. Just introduce them as if they'd never seen each other.

    Here's the new link for the bible on introductions:...
  7. Diarrhea: Re: Constant soft poops. Smellier than I remembered. Are x-rays useful?

    Start with a smaller piece of something other than green leaf lettuce -- red leaf lettuce, or Bibb, and see if that makes a difference. Also stop the vitamin C tablets. That shouldn't be enough to...
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    Allergies: Re: Male Guinea Pig Causing Allergies?

    I think spy9doc covered it.
  9. Diarrhea: Re: Guinea pig has diarrhea, cannot call vet until tomorrow because of Memorial Day

    Full-out liquid diarrhea, or just mushy poops? If really diarrhea, that's much more serious, and I'd stop the Baytril until I could talk to the vet.

    They shouldn't have corn. It has far too much...
  10. Diarrhea: Re: Constant soft poops. Smellier than I remembered. Are x-rays useful?

    Sorry she's having problems.

    I don't know that an x-ray would help. It would show gas, or opaque material, but be useless for diagnosing an infection.

    Smelly poop is an indication of two...
  11. Feet: Re: Hind Leg Paralysis, Sudden Onset , 18-Month Old Female

    The other reason not to put vitamin C in the water is that vitamin C degrades very quickly in the presence of water and light, and pretty soon all you've got is funny-tasting water.

    If you're...
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    Frustrated: Re: Is she pregnant?

    Retained pups are a medical emergency requiring an immediate spay.

    She may not have retained pups -- some pigs will just seem larger than others after delivery, and she may just be a different...
  13. Feet: Re: Hind Leg Paralysis, Sudden Onset , 18-Month Old Female

    Don't overdo the kale and spinach -- you'll just trade one problem for another. Both are too high in calcium and vitamin A to be given regularly.

    The Oxbow supplements, unless you give four per...
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    Adopt: Re: Looking to Adopt Colorado Springs, CO

    Contact them anyway. Guinea pig rescues may be a group of foster homes, not one dedicated place. They may have a pig much closer to you than their address indicates.
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    Adopt: Re: Looking to Adopt Colorado Springs, CO

    There are a bunch of piggies about an hour from you: https://www.petfinder.com/search/small-furry-for-adoption/us/co/colorado-springs/?species=Guinea+Pig
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    Adopting: When you buy a guinea pig...

    When you buy a guinea pig, there's an excellent chance this is what you're supporting:

    From Pennsylvania:


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    General: Re: Guinea pig’s clumpy stools

    I'd cut out the multivitamin tablets. They've got fat-soluble compounds in them, guinea pigs are just balls of fat and fur, and can absorb too much of the fat compounds.

    I'd also cut out the...
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    Diet: Re: Green corn on the cob leaves?

    Throw away the outer layers. Corn is raised with a ton of pesticides, and I think all that has to be taken off. But once you've gotten rid of the outer layer or two, the rest should be OK. That's...
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    Urine: Re: Too much calcium from water?

    The filter replacement costs on the Zero are high if you replace it as often as recommended. And if you live in an area with hard water, you have to replace them even more often than the recommended...
  20. Re: Truffles, my last trooper, passed suddenly today

    I'm so sorry you lost her.
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    Urine: Re: Too much calcium from water?

    Yes, it sounds like you have very hard water.

    I'd ask the grocery store if they can get some without the added electrolytes -- one of the grocery stores in my area sells it both ways. Or you...
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    Cage: Re: Got a new cage my girls love it!!

    I'd ditch the pigloo. There's no air circulation, so they're sitting in and inhaling the fumes from their own urine. A pigloo is just an invitation for one pig to trap another and get its nose...
  23. In Heat: Re: Can someone help me determine if my piggie is pregnant?

    Looks like she may be. See https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/103012-How-can-I-know-if-my-guinea-pig-is-pregnant-And-how-far-along-is-she for some help.
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    Conditions: Re: Room temperature

    If you're comfortable, they'll be comfortable. Haired pigs tend to prefer it cooler rather than warmer, while skinnies need more heat. I kept my house at about 68 degrees, and mine were fine. They...
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    Re: Piggy Obsessed

    Young pigs are not at all necessarily easier to handle or to tame. They're skittish, and require an enormous amount of patience to get them used to being handled. An older pig that's well...
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