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    Scratching: Re: Brownies med thread

    Post a picture so we can see it.
  2. Conditions: Re: One of my guinea pig's nipple looks swollen

    I'd watch her carefully for a few weeks. It's not at all impossible that the nipples are just different sizes and that you're just now noticing it, but it could also be a small mammary tumor. If...
  3. Thread: Bananas

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    Fruit: Re: Bananas

    I wouldn't give them the peels. They're what absorb any pesticides applied to the trees. Give them the inner part of the banana if you give any of it at all.
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    Dominance: Re: Fight and dominance issues

    I'd get some of the furniture out and replace it with fleece forests draped across several areas of the cage. Breaking up the lines of sight so they're not all always visible to everybody else can...
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    Teeth: Re: front tooth overgrown

    I dunno. Mine chewed water, which I thought was weird. It sure didn't do anything for their teeth.
  6. Thread: Bananas

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    Fruit: Re: Bananas

    Very small bits. Bananas have LOTS of sugar, and can upset a pig's GI tract.
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    Teeth: Re: front tooth overgrown

    She needs to see an exotic vet with experience in rodent dentistry. Front teeth that aren't the same length are almost always caused by a problem with the molars, and that needs to be fixed. The...
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    Hay: Re: Stick in Kaytee hay

    Folks, hay is cut, harvested and packaged by machines. It comes out of fields that have sticks, rocks, and animals (dead and alive) in them. If you want hay that's been hand processed and all the...
  9. Play: Re: Can I put warm colored fairy lights around my cage?

    You could put them above the cage, too high for them to chew the wires. Even a battery can give a pretty good shock if they chew through a wire.
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    Sneezing: Re: Simon's Medical Thread.

    It's totally normal. Pigs get weirded out about the strangest things, and it can take a couple of days for them to get back to normal.
  11. Sick: Re: Guinea pig has persistent breathing problems even with vet care

    Odd Pet Vet in South Weymouth is only about 25-30 miles from Taunton, and it is an exclusively exotic animal clinic.

    It sounds like you've already decided that because one vet didn't cure your...
  12. Sick: Re: Guinea pig has persistent breathing problems even with vet care

    The fact that they've all got it means it could be something in their environment -- dust in the hay, some sort of fungal infection that wouldn't respond to an antibiotic, or something else entirely....
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    Bonding: Re: Boar Bonding issues HELP!!!

    To pick my least favorite nit, you can't bond them. You can introduce them, and they may bond tightly and be inseparable, or not bond at all. If they don't bond at all, they may tolerate each other...
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    How Many: Re: Should I Get a Third Guinea Pig?

    I wouldn't. You've got no guarantee that they'll get along with another pig, and may in fact not get along with each other if you add a third. If you want more pigs, get two so they can be...
  15. Keeping Warm: Re: Rolling blackouts and single digit temps in Texas - terrified

    Look under your profile. The picture has to be of a guinea pig. If it's your pig, you'll have to upload to your profile site.
  16. Fleece: Re: Anti-Pill Fleece over Puppy Pads for Bedding

    You have to be careful with the puppy pads, because the pigs will eat them.

    If you want really cheap, really effective bedding under fleece, try wood pellets -- the stove kind, not the barbecue...
  17. Keeping Warm: Re: Rolling blackouts and single digit temps in Texas - terrified

    Your Cavy Newbie status will change automatically when you've been here 30 days.
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    Pine: Re: Any opinions on kiln dried pine?

    It depends.

    First, it's not dried at thousands of degrees -- you'd have nothing left but ashes. It's either air dried or oven dried, but the purpose is to remove the moisture, not the oils. Some...
  19. Keeping Warm: Re: Rolling blackouts and single digit temps in Texas - terrified

    Ercot would be a good place to place blame. But the real culprit are the Texas legislature, George W. Bush, and Rick Perry. Perry even had the gall yesterday to say that Texans would rather suffer...
  20. Keeping Warm: Re: Rolling blackouts and single digit temps in Texas - terrified

    4boipigs, that sounds reasonable.

    Make sure they've got hideys they can get in that aren't much larger than they are. Those will help trap body heat, and will keep them warmer.

    If they're...
  21. Thread: Yellow Hay

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    General: Re: Yellow Hay

    You can't get KMS hay in Australia, and you may not be able to get Oxbow.

    If you can find a horse farm somewhere, guinea pigs can usually eat any hay that horses can. You might be able to buy...
  22. General Re: Fusing Pelvic Bones in guinea pigs when they've been pregnant before

    What Soecara said.

    He won't be able to impregnate her if you wait four weeks after the neutering to put them together. But let me reinforce what Soecara said about pregnancies being dangerous...
  23. Thread: Yellow Hay

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    General: Re: Yellow Hay

    I'd call them and tell them it's unacceptable. Hay should be green, not yellow. Hay that's too dry and old has no nutritional value.
  24. Keeping Warm: Re: Rolling blackouts and single digit temps in Texas - terrified

    I'm in Houston, and my power was out for about 8 hours.

    Texas doesn't participate in the national power grid. We've got our own, and it's very poorly managed. There's been no investment in it...
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    Fur: Re: Will it grow out?

    I think you're right. I completely misread it.

    In that case, if it was curly before the cut, it's gonna be curly when it grows out.
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