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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...
  3. 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
  13. 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.
  16. Mouth: Re: Issues related to tooth operation—very 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...
  17. Chewing: Re: Guinea pig’s teeth not aligned, please help!

    When a pig loses a tooth, they often lose the same tooth again a couple of times before things stabilize. I'm not sure why, but I read about it a lot. But usually things firm up again.

    If you...
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    Bonding: Re: Questions about adding new piggies

    Put the girls in another room for three weeks until quarantine is over. During that time, handle your boys first, then the girls, to prevent transferring any diseases. And either wear a smock or...
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    Re: Hello! Piggies Arriving on Monday

    Flat and bigger gives them more room to run, but a loft will work. However, a 1 x anything isn't really large enough to let pigs get by each other without getting in someone's face. If you can do a...
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    Injury: Re: Skinny pig has a cut!

    Is that blood on his nose? It's hard to tell from the picture.

    Take a look at http://www.guinealynx.info/cheilitis.html and see if that looks like what it is.
  21. Mouth: Re: Issues related to tooth operation—very complicated medical history

    I'd find a new vet even if I had to travel more than two hours for one. Not even all exotic vets are good at treating dental issues, and I certainly wouldn't want the vet you've got treating my...
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    Fighting: Re: What to do after separation?

    A 2x6 would be much better. Depending on space, you might just get a box of grids (make sure they've got nine holes per side, not eight) and give them some extra space to run.

    If the houses are...
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    Fighting: Re: What to do after separation?

    A 2x4 isn't large enough for two boars. Can you expand the cage?

    Pigs need large spaces to run around in. Too much cage furniture can cut down on their ability to do that. They also need...
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    Not Eating: Re: Scooter's medical thread

    Good to hear!
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    Dominance: Re: 3 Male guinea pigs chasing new male

    Three males together almost never works, and it especially doesn't work when you add a third to a well-established pair. We never recommend that anyone put three males together. There are a very...
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