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    need something to help my guinea pig gain weight

    So long story short Kirby came down with a lower respiratory infection is and is on antibiotics for 10 days so my vet told me to find something high in calories to help him gain weight...any ideas...I was thinking maybe oat hay but would that work?? Anything is helpful.

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    Re: need something to help my guinea pig gain weight

    Oxbow critical care.

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    Re: need something to help my guinea pig gain weight

    Make sure you're giving him a probiotic while he's on the antibiotic so he doesn't develop bloat.

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    Re: need something to help my guinea pig gain weight

    It may take a while. Guinea pigs lose quickly but gain slowly (hmmm -- how do I manage that?). I'd just give him his regular food and not particularly worry about making him gain unless he's lost a lot of weight during this illness. But do add a probiotic -- that will help his digestion since he's on an antibiotic.

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    Re: need something to help my guinea pig gain weight

    what kind of probiotics do you suggest..would Natural Science - Immune Support work?
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    Re: need something to help my guinea pig gain weight

    I will be ordering oxbow critical care today. Thank you for your answers

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    Re: need something to help my guinea pig gain weight

    Many people use Bene Bac. I usually use one of my human acidophilus capsules and mix it with the Critical Care.

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    Re: need something to help my guinea pig gain weight

    Unlimited pellets will fatten him up.

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    Re: need something to help my guinea pig gain weight

    Unlimited pellets will fatten him up.
    And if he's over six months old, they'll load his system up with too much calcium and possibly induce bladder stones. He'd be better off underweight.

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