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    Bonding: Re: New guinea pig

    Are your pigs male or female? Groups of three males are almost guaranteed to fail, and we never recommend that you try it. If that's what you've got, I'd strongly suggest that you either rehome...
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    Sick: Re: Bella lethargic

    I don't recommend Sherwood products at all. Their claims about alfalfa pellets are based on junk science, and that's enough for me to avoid anything else they produce.
  3. Grow Your Own: Re: Pepper plants and rid grasshoppers eating them

    Contact your county extension service and see what an acceptable insecticide is for foods that will be eaten raw.
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    Weight Loss: Re: Baby guinea pig weight loss

    Just a few minutes at a time. If the runt has had a chance to nurse, you can put them back together.
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    Weight Loss: Re: Baby guinea pig weight loss

    Yes, do take the other two pups out and let the smaller one nurse unimpeded. Or put mom and runt in a small box with some food for her and let him nurse. But she might be more comfortable and more...
  6. Sad: Re: Very nervous piggies not great pets would I be terrible to change one for a baby?

    You don't need another guinea pig. They're not like kittens and puppies -- they'll never want to be snuggled and cuddled the way some other pets do. Do the guinea pigs a favor and get your son some...
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    Play: Re: Baby Stacking Cups?

    I don't have much hope that they'd be interested in those cups. But if you get them, be sure to watch closely to be sure they can't bite off pieces of the plastic. If they do, take them out of the...
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    Weight Loss: Re: Baby guinea pig weight loss

    I hope the male was out of the cage before the delivery, because if not, she's undoubtedly pregnant again. Sows can get pregnant within minutes of giving birth.
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    Supplements: Re: Oasis vita C drops

    But don't put the drops in the water bottle. They'll degrade so quickly the vitamin C will be useless. You can dilute the stuff and syringe it to them.
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    Eyes: Re: Little Bear's ouchie eye

    Generally, they send x-rays out to a radiologist. It's a matter of transmitting a digital picture to another location. Ditto cardiology consults. The expert doesn't normally come to the vet's...
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    Eyes: Re: Little Bear's ouchie eye

    I don't see any need for a CT scan, myself. What could it possibly tell the vet about that eye, which obviously needs to be removed? I'd also skip the radiologist. Your vet probably sees enough...
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    Not Eating: Re: Pig seems to have trouble eating

    That lump is probably cervical lymphadenitis. It needs to be drained and the sac removed, and you need to do it ASAP. Those things can burst, and they're very contagious to any other pigs around.
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  13. Bonding: Re: Not sure if this is a failed bonding or if I should keep trying?

    Also, some pigs are just barbers. Not much to be done about them.
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    Vet Costs: Re: Curious of prices in your area

    Maybe the lump doesn't even need to be removed. If it's a soft and squishy lipoma (fatty tumor), it won't hurt her unless it gets large enough to impede her movement or cause her pain. Ditto if it...
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    Pellets: Re: Bugs in Guniea Pig Pellets

    Refrigerators are actually very drying.
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    Sick: Re: Chico and Amigo's med thread

    They don't look like urine spots to me, either. Have you checked his anal sac and penis sheath to make sure there hasn't been a hay poke?
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    Teeth: Re: Top teeth short to the gums

    Guinea pig teeth can fall out, usually because of an injury (a fall, biting the cage bars, whatever). They usually grow back very quickly. You need to watch to make sure they ARE growing back,...
  18. Hair Loss: Re: 1 piggie out of 8 have a V spot on her back

    Using the ivermectin on guinea pigs is fine. It's used on all sorts of animals, and even people on occasion.
  19. Hair Loss: Re: 1 piggie out of 8 have a V spot on her back

    Behind the ear is just fine. The liquid kind can be given either way.

    And if you can get the 1% stuff, it's the easiest to use. The cost of ivermectin has just gone through the roof, and Amazon...
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    Genitals: Re: Sexing Guinea Pig

    I'm not sure, either. The Y shape looks like a female, but those bumps on either side look mighty much like testicles.


    If it's a male, you should be able to feel the penis bone by putting your...
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    Conditions: Re: Young Guinea Pig Not Growing

    Haven't you ever seen two kids the same age who were very different sizes? Even in the same family? Why should guinea pigs all be the same?

    The head tilt is worth investigating, as it could be...
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    Conditions: Re: Is this a cataract?

    Could be. But also see http://www.guinealynx.info/eyes.html and see if there's more info there for you. Guinea pigs have a couple of eye conditions that start with a small white dot.
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    Cage: Re: Where are the doors?

    Yes, but these forums are public and there are bots that harvest numbers from plain text posts. It's a little harder to do on a contact page.

    Also, I'm pretty sure Teresa would prefer to be...
  24. Signs: Re: How will I know she's going into labor- day 64 today.

    They'll come when they come. Some sows will have only a little separation for a little while and then deliver. Others will have quite wide separation for several days before the pups come. The...
  25. Signs: Re: How will I know she's going into labor- day 64 today.

    It's normal.
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