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    Re: worried about Dash's weight loss!!

    I second the coffee grinder recommendation--I actually gave Einy's coffee grinder away to someone else with a lethal, after his death. It was a little cuisinart model, not too expensive. Whatever the...
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    Behavior: Re: Guinea pig sounds

    Pigs have loads of very important things to tell you. You should feel honored that she trusts you with the deepest secrets of the universe like that. After all, not everybody gets to find out that...
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    Skin Problems: Re: Wierd patch on Charlies nose

    Perhaps it's sow mucus plug? When sows go into heat the mucus plug blocking the uterus loosens and falls out. If he had his nose up her butt it could have gotten smeared.
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    Skin Problems: Re: Wierd patch on Charlies nose

    Is it hard and crusty? Clear or whitish? If so, it's probably "boar glue" (dried guinea pig semen). He may have been vigorously cleaning his private parts and not so vigorously washing his face...
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    Joy: Re: my boys are home!!

    I told you all those noises and behaviors are instincts! Einy used to rumblestrut as much as Jackie when they had playtime with boar friends or spayed sows. Einy was actually better than Jackie at...
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    Joy: Re: my boys are home!!

    Lethals looooooove to snuggle. I think it's because they can't be social any other way.

    Wheeking is an instinctual behavior in pigs. Einy was completely deaf and a total motormouth. The best test...
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    Newborn Pups: Re: How to hand rear a pup

    Healthy guinea pigs with no tooth or other problems should start nibbling hay within a week of birth. You may have to pretend to eat it.

    I only ever hand raised a pig with tooth problems, so I...
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    Newborn Pups: Re: How to hand rear a pup

    Guinea pigs are much easier to hand raise than most rodents or other mammals. They are basically ready to run with the herd as soon as they're cleaned up after birth. Cavy milk is only a supplement,...
  9. Thread: Strange Genital

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    Genitals: Re: Strange Genital

    Boars tend to get smegma, dried semen, hair, hay, and other foreign objects stuck in the prepuce, making it impossible to retract the penis. I would extend the penis carefully, gently remove anything...
  10. Lethals: Re: soooo amazingly happy and excited, but need help . . .

    I used to have little Einstein the Wonder Pig. He lived for a little over 2.5 years despite having no front teeth, and really screwed up molars.

    North star is great--they weren't around when Einy...
  11. Lethals: Re: soooo amazingly happy and excited, but need help . . .

    What vet are you planning to use? I know Dr. Stuart in Bridgewater does very good tooth trims--he was always great at getting Einy's little teeth into shape.

    Do not give metacam every day. Give...
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    Re: My lil sow is pregnant

    Suzi actually bit her son Einstein a few times and yanked out his hair. He was also the runt and he was very needy, wanting to nurse every second he could. Sometimes she would yell and run away when...
  13. Thread: Wisdom Teeth?

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    Re: Wisdom Teeth?

    When I had mine pulled, I lived on blueberry applesauce for a while.

    Dry socket is horrendous. I had it when I had a different tooth extracted. It felt, and still sometimes feels 11 months later,...
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    Ovarian Cysts: Re: Finally, symptoms of ovarian cysts.

    How closed up is the incision? I would worry that she might exercise excessively, running and jumping and climbing.
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    Conditions: Re: Piggies and Shingles

    All right, here's what I can find. There is a mention of a recombination event in a chimp in the abstract for this article:

    www.nature.com/nature/journal/v397/n6718/full/397436a0.html

    I...
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    Conditions: Re: Piggies and Shingles

    I listen to a podcast called This Week In Virology, which I totally recommend for anyone who is interested in viruses. There is a core of professors(a virologist, a parasitologist, a science...
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    Conditions: Re: Piggies and Shingles

    Shingles is caused by the original chickenpox infection never clearing out of a group of nerves. The virus is closely related to herpes, and like herpes it can get into the nerves where it's much...
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    Ovarian Cysts: Re: Finally, symptoms of ovarian cysts.

    A single dose of antibiotics given as part of surgery is a good idea but guinea pigs wallow and it's very hard to keep incisions clean.
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    Breeding: Re: Cloning Vs. Adoption

    Lol, Jurassic Park. Non-avian dinosaur DNA seems to be too old to be recoverable from fossils, and the mosquito thing is practically impossible. We have proteins from fossils (collagen, keratin, and...
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    Ovarian Cysts: Re: Finally, symptoms of ovarian cysts.

    Suzi was kind of mean her whole life, actually. I do think it made her less aggressive, but she was still grumpy.

    Honestly, Suzi was the World's Worst Patient. She got a hernia, she went into GI...
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    Ovarian Cysts: Re: Finally, symptoms of ovarian cysts.

    My Suzi had the bitchiness and attitude problems at a young age, and when I took her to the vet they found that she was just starting to grow cysts. She had dissolvable sutures (PDS) but was...
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    Sexing: Re: Just wondering...

    A very very very few intact boars are oversexed and will go utterly crazy trying to get to nearby sows. They also make horrible boar stank, and tend to "glue" (ejaculate on) their cagemates or toys....
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    Want a GP: Re: piggies and pregnant women the facts

    This is a great post! Thank you for writing it up for us.

    I wanted to add, toxoplasmosis is only a danger to the fetus if the mother does not already have it before she gets pregnant. Between 20%...
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    Breeding: Re: Convincing against buying from a breeder

    If a guinea pig bites, we say, "he must have mites, or be in pain." If a hamster bites, we say, "You woke him up or invaded his tunnels, or he was badly socialized at the pet store, don't touch him."...
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    Breeding: Re: Convincing against buying from a breeder

    Please pm me the website for the border collie breeder-I would like to see what their breeding program is like and how they keep the dogs, how they choose who to sell to, etc. Border collies are...
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