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  1. Weight: Re: My guinea pigs seem to have gotten skinny?

    I wouldn't give them alfalfa. Too high in calcium, and they'll be getting extra calcium in the CC anyway.
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    Re: I'll see you again someday, Cola

    I'm so sorry you lost her.
  3. Cage: Re: Pair of females to be boarded separately while I am away.

    You've already got this topic going on another thread. I'm going to close this one.
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    Shavings: Re: Got some Questions about shavings?

    The best pellets are horse stall bedding, usually available at any farm feed store. You want to make sure they don't smell too strongly of pine.

    You have to prepare the fleece to make it wick,...
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    Weight Loss: Re: Guinea pig eating but losing weight.

    The first thing I'd do is switch her to either Oxbow or KMS Hayloft pellets. Kaytee pellets are pretty much crap, with poor nutritional value.

    I'd cut back some of the veggies. Hay has the...
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    Weight Loss: Re: Guinea pig eating but losing weight.

    What exactly do you feed her? And how much of each item? What hay? What brand of pellets?
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    Weight Loss: Re: Guinea pig eating but losing weight.

    Are you weighing her regularly? If not, how do you know she's losing?

    How old is she? Any changes in her diet or her hay?

    And you're right not to give her yogurt drops. What were they...
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    Shavings: Re: Got some Questions about shavings?

    It's not "winking," it's "wicking." Wicking happens when a material (in this case, fleece) pulls liquid through to an absorbent material underneath (pellets, pee pads, U-haul pads, etc). The fleece...
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    Not Eating: Re: Paralyzed Guinea Pig, Won't Eat

    No, DON'T put vitamin C in water. In the presence of light and water, vitamin C degrades in just a few minutes, and then all you've got is funny tasting water that the pig may not drink.

    The best...
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    Not Eating: Re: Paralyzed Guinea Pig, Won't Eat

    1) Don't overdo the veggies. It's more important to work on getting him to eat hay.

    2) Guinea pigs often chew on odd things when they're in pain. Did the vet give him any kind of...
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    Bonding: Re: Does anyone own dogs as well??

    Closet shelving makes an awesome cage lid, and will support even a heavy dog. A lid on the cage is far safer than a pet door to the room that may accidentally be left open.

    Most dogs will...
  12. Thread: Pup sex help

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    Newborn Pups: Re: Pup sex help

    Take a look at http://www.cavyspirit.com/sexing.htm and see if that gives you any help.
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    Not Eating: Re: Paralyzed Guinea Pig, Won't Eat

    Here's some handfeeding help: https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/115000-Handfeeding-a-guinea-pig
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    General: Re: Confusing Rescue rules?

    1) Severely limiting fruit is a good idea -- only a bit now and then for a treat. Obviously, if they get that little of it, getting none is not going to make much difference.

    2) Hay is by far the...
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    Adopt: Re: Special male needs better home.

    The vet can't see mites. They're microscopic, and burrow under the skin. If a pig is scratching and is hard to get along with, that's sufficient reason to treat for mites.
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    Level of Effort: Re: Traveling to visit family

    I wouldn't leave them longer than one overnight by themselves, and even then, I'd have someone check on them. Water bottles can malfunction, or there could be a squabble and one could be injured and...
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    Sick: Re: Sick Little Piggy (Need Advice)

    He may have overgrown molars that are trapping his tongue and he can't chew and swallow. He MUST eat, however, or he'll die -- GPs are wired to need food moving through their gut at all times, and...
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    Fighting: Re: Is It Time for Separation - 2 Boars

    Pigloos are just invitations for one pig to trap another and get its face slashed for its efforts. Every hidey in a pig's cage should have at least two doors so no one gets boxed in. And pigloos...
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    Level of Effort: Re: Traveling to visit family

    I'd have someone come in. I've taken pigs when I was going for a longer period, like two weeks, but it's just easier, and I think they're happier, if they stay home with a good caretaker.
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    Fighting: Re: Is It Time for Separation - 2 Boars

    Thanks for rescuing these guys.

    Part of your problem is that they don't have enough space. Two boars need at least a 2x5, and larger is better. You can help some by taking at least two of the...
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    Mites: Re: fleas? or mites? maybe both!

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/PHARMAQ-Ivermectin-Drops-5ml-Treatment/dp/B00JVPZV9K
  22. Ovarian Cysts: Re: I think my pig has ovarian cysts - how long to wait for vet appt

    I'd ask if there's any way to see her earlier, but I don't know that an emergency appointment is necessary. Pigs can live with pretty large cysts, and they don't necessarily grow quickly. However,...
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    Pregnant: Re: Pregnant pig's female cage mate

    I'd leave them together if the cage is large enough for two adults and some unknown number of pups. If they're crowded, the pups may get their ears nibbled.

    GP sows generally make excellent...
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    Re: Hello! Piggies Arriving on Monday

    Closet shelving makes an awesome, cat-and-dog-proof lid.
  25. Mouth: Re: Issues related to tooth operation要ery complicated medical history

    Guinea pigs almost never need their front teeth trimmed. Vets who do it often do so out of ignorance about the length of guinea pig teeth. Bruising the tongue and cutting the cheek so badly that he...
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