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  1. General: Free supplies - grids, hideys, water bottles, carrier, hay

    My last pig passed away earlier this week and I've made the difficult decision not to adopt again. That said, I have a number of supplies that I'd like to give away for free to a responsible owner....
  2. Sick: Re: Blood in cage and on rear of older sow - rushed to after hours vet

    Question...

    I adopted her from a shelter as an adult pig so I have little idea what her life was like prior to that. Does the prolapsed uterus indicate she was used for breeding at some point?...
  3. Sick: Re: Blood in cage and on rear of older sow - rushed to after hours vet

    Update: The doctor at the emergency clinic excised some damaged tissue (she had chewed on it which was the source of the blood) and put the rest back inside her. I'm giving her pain meds and...
  4. Sick: Re: Blood in cage and on rear of older sow - rushed to after hours vet

    It is a prolapsed uterus. The doctor (he admits he's not an exotic specialist but he does treat guinea pigs) will put the tissue back and prescribe an antibiotic. I hope that gets her stable for long...
  5. Sick: Blood in cage and on rear of older sow - rushed to after hours vet

    Noticed this evening that there were substantial (not just spotting) areas of blood on the wood pellets in the cage. Took a look at the pig and saw blood under the rear. I called and found out the...
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    Bullying: Re: Strong dominant or mean bully?

    It's all normal. If the non-dominant one becomes unhappy in his role, he will challenge for dominance. You may see that from time to time as they grow older, especially if they are in puberty....
  7. Wood Pellets/Chips: Re: How to make cage cleaning easier on a petsitter

    Why not just remove the fleece entirely while you are away? You've got a decent sized cage. It should last with minimal scooping/stirring for a week with only 2 pigs.

    That's what I do anyway when...
  8. Say What?: Re: Rumble strutting then....popcorning? What?

    Why would you separate them? I think I can explain the behavior...they are guinea pigs. Sounds perfectly normal!

    Good luck!
  9. Sick: Re: Large, soft unformed poops. Uninterested in pellets tonight and sitting in corner

    Thanks bpatters. That's something I hadn't considered.

    After additional observation, I'm noticing that she possibly has some impaction (which makes sense given the occasional overly large but...
  10. Sick: Large, soft unformed poops. Uninterested in pellets tonight and sitting in corner

    I've got 2 sows of unknown ages that I rescued 2 years ago. Yesterday I noticed a single very large unformed soft stool in the cage. It was the size of 4 or 5 regular stools but soft and smashed...
  11. Sad: Re: Concerned about the mommy after two stillborns

    So sorry that she passed away. Give the boy extra cuddles.
  12. Sad: Re: Concerned about the mommy after two stillborns

    Lynette,

    I wasn't trying to label you a breeder and I'm sorry that you may have taken it that way. The board is full of stories of folks who are surprised when their guinea pigs give birth, but...
  13. Sad: Re: Concerned about the mommy after two stillborns

    Going forward, I think the original poster has to be concerned about her sow already being pregnant AGAIN. From what I can piece together, the male and female were probably together at the time of...
  14. Behavior: Re: New Guinea pig I dont know much so all help needed please

    What you are describing is perfectly normal for a guinea pig. At 5 months, she (have you had her properly sexed? many "she's" end up being a "he"!) is still a baby in unfamiliar surroundings. Sorry...
  15. Adopting: Re: Should i get a guinea pig if I am out for 12 hours each day

    I've read several threads from folks in India who have guinea pigs and there are 2 common themes:

    1. It is difficult or impossible to find a knowledgeable guinea pig vet
    2. It is difficult to...
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    Fleece: Re: New to Fleece and have questions.

    I use wood stove pellets under 2 thin layers of fleece. I change the top layer of fleece about once a week (sweep poops off twice a day). I only change the bottom layer of fleece every month or 2....
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    Won't Eat: Re: Pig won't eat

    Great news then! We cross posted...

    Glad that you were able to get her in tonight. Did you get into an exotic vet or a small animal vet? Do you know what antibiotic they prescribed?
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    Won't Eat: Re: Pig won't eat

    I don't want to cause you any undue stress and anxiety. Nobody here, without seeing your pig, can tell you how sick she might be or whether she will be ok. Unfortunately, a URI in a pig isn't like...
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    Won't Eat: Re: Pig won't eat

    It's called 'puffing up' and is a sign of pain or distress. If your pig isn't eating, is puffed up, and sneezing with mucous, then you have a pretty severe situation. It sounds like the pig has a URI...
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    Re: Cavy lover! In FL

    I think you can make the pellet transition fairly rapidly. Mix the old with the new, start about 50/50, and increase the quantity of good pellets until about the 5th or 6th day it's all new stuff....
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    Biting: Re: Tater Tot Bit, Not Normal

    I doubt you trained him that he can get back to the cage by biting after only 1 occurrence. But letting him lightly nibble your fingers was probably training him that it was ok to bite. I wouldn't...
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    Possibly Pregnant: Re: Pregnant Guinea Pig Help

    Sorry...I didn't read through the thread and only read the last message. Good luck with the pups!
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    Possibly Pregnant: Re: Pregnant Guinea Pig Help

    You'll need to remove the male so he doesn't impregnate the female immediately after giving birth. Please don't wait to do this.
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    Nails/Nail Trimming: Re: My guinea pig never stays still

    I find that the more frequently I cut, the more they get used to it. Some pigs will always hate it though. Mine do well with a veggie bribe. Munching on a carrot distracts them long enough for me to...
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    Stones: Re: Should I consider euthanasia?

    So sorry to read about his illness... but he is a lucky pig to have someone like you who cares enough to make an informed decision.
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