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  1. Dominance: Re: Aggressive and territorial pig, limited options

    Two things come to mind with her grumbling -- the lack of the space in the old cage, which can make pigs very cranky, and the possibility that she's developing ovarian cysts. I'd take her in to a...
  2. Vet Costs: Re: Please list your single and cumulative vet expenditures. Are there limits?

    SgtBilko, you're welcome to participate in discussions about guinea pig care, but not to introduce needlessly disruptive topics. Please respect that, or your posts will be moderated.

    I'm closing...
  3. Thread: Heart issues

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    Frustrated: Re: Heart issues

    Most can live quite a long time with the heart meds. They do have to be tweaked occasionally, however.

    There's more information here:...
  4. Thread: Heart issues

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    Frustrated: Re: Heart issues

    Check this out, and read the links: https://guinealynx.info/heart.html
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    Conditions: Re: Balding spots?

    Yes. It won't hurt, and might help. The alternative is a painful, expensive skin scraping. But you can always resort to that if the easier, cheaper methods don't work.
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    Conditions: Re: Balding spots?

    I'd assume fungus, and treat for several days with an antifungal cream. If that didn't help, I'd switch to a triple antibiotic cream for a week or so. One or the other is likely to help.
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    Adopting: Re: Should I adopt on Craigslist?

    You mainly have to be careful that you aren't getting a pig from a backyard breeder who's misrepresenting themselves as wanting to rehome a pet pig. But other than that, there's no real problem with...
  8. Re: Unknowingly Adopted A Pregnant Guinea Pig (Any Advice is Welcome)

    I don't know that I'd go back to that vet to have them sexed since s/he didn't seem to know that pregnant females don't usually need to be separated from other female guinea pigs. You do have to...
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    Behavior: Re: Using The Loft As A Toilet

    Nope, there's not. They're going to pee and poop the most where they spend the most time, which is generally where they eat and sleep.

    Sometimes you'll have cooperative pigs who'll choose a ...
  10. Thread: Neutering

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    General: Re: Neutering

    Yep, four weeks.
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    Sick: Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    If the white things you see are not moving, and if you have to pull them off the hair to get them off, they're lice nits.

    Ivermectin will work, but you'll have to treat all of your guinea pigs...
  12. Behavior: Re: Why is my guinea pig try to get on my bed when i start sleeping

    Ditto ItsaZoo. Guinea pigs' eyes are on the side of their heads, which means they can't see depth at all. Guinea pigs should never be allowed on anything high unless you're right there paying close...
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    Fur: Re: Guinea pig mites

    That could also be ringworm. That's not the typical mite loss pattern, which is an upside down V running from mid-spine down toward the hips. Also, I doubt seriously he can reach that area to...
  14. Bonding: Re: Older boar constantly pestering young one.

    Just checking to see if you've made absolutely sure the younger one is male? You've turned them both over and compared their private parts?
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    Teeth: Re: Possible dental problem?

    Actually, Guinea Pig Papa, GL is based here in the U.S. -- the site owner is in Virginia. There are UK members there, but none are active at the moment. However, some of them may be reachable...
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    Teeth: Re: Possible dental problem?

    You call and ask. Or look at their website. You need an exotic vet, not a small animal vet -- they specialize in dogs and cats, not pocket pets. Don't waste your money on small animal vets for...
  17. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Cute piggies! Welcome!
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    Teeth: Re: Possible dental problem?

    Sounds like he's eating enough, but I'd have a vet with dental experience check his teeth. You can't do it yourself, because you can't see the molars well enough. And he may need dental x-rays.
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    Supplements: Re: How to use benebac powder.

    Why are you giving Benebac to make her drink water? It's a probiotic designed to aid digestion and calm down the digestive tract, and really has nothing to do with drinking.
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    Introductions: Re: New mate for old boy

    You can't put three males together -- it fails 99.9% of the time.

    If you can find a local rescue or shelter that will let you bring him in, it would be best to let him pick out his new buddy. Or...
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    Behavior: Re: Odd new piggie

    Try increasing her vitamin C for 7-10 days, up to 100 mg. per day. She might have scurvy. If it helps, then cut back to 30-40 mg. per day after that period of time.
  22. General: Re: My guinea pig upper front teeth kinda thick

    Not only are they thick, they're extremely short. Can he eat OK?

    You may find some help here: https://guinealynx.info/teeth.html
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    Behavior: Re: Odd new piggie

    Ditto the vet suggestion.

    Is there any possibility that she's blind or deaf?
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    Sick: Re: Stubborn URI Help

    Azithromycin might work, but you also need to consider that it may not be a bacterial infection at all. Three rounds of antibiotics have done nothing for it, which suggests that the organism isn't...
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    Chewing: Re: GPs will not stop chewing on litterbox

    First, your cage is barely large enough for two pigs, much less three. Crowding will cause all sorts of unwanted behaviors from litter box chewing to bar chewing to ear chewing. Putting additional...
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