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    So, after I took my guinea pig George to the vet today for a wellness exam and found out he is completely blind! I really need your guys help on his care. Is their anything I should know? Any changes I should make to his cage?

    Food: oxbow young guinea pig pelletes, a cup of veggies, timothy hay, and orchard grass
    Age: baby
    Here's his cage:

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    Just keep things in the cage in the same place so he learns where they are. Blind pigs generally do very well.

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    He could use a piggy partner to help him around.

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    This is true, @poop_patrol. I know of several blind guinea pigs who had been housed alone, but were much happier and more social when paired with another pig.

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    Does he have anything to chew on? It doesn't look like there's anything wooden for him to wear his teeth down on in the cage, and guinea pigs need to be able to chew so their teeth wear down at the same rate they grow. Fruit woods are great for this. Other than that, I concur w bpatters and poop_patrol.

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    @jaycriae, actually, wood chews are useless for wearing down teeth as they don't get to the back molars, which are just as important as the incisors. Hay is the only way to keep the teeth and digestive system healthy.

    Hope your piggie does well! I've never cared for a blind pig but I know some members here may have experience. I agree with poop_patrol and bpatters' inputs.

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    Ditto @PiggleLove2013. They do NOT need wood to wear their incisors down. The grinding action of the molars on the hay is what keeps the molars ground down and the incisors the proper length. In fact, overgrown or slanted incisors are the first signs of problems with the molars.

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Just keep things in the cage in the same place so he learns where they are. Blind pigs generally do very well.
    Thank you I'll do that

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    Quote Originally Posted by poop_patrol View Post
    He could use a piggy partner to help him around.
    He has his brother in the cage his name is Jack and he's very helpful! here they are togther:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    This is true, @poop_patrol. I know of several blind guinea pigs who had been housed alone, but were much happier and more social when paired with another pig.
    Thank you he's housed with Jack

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycriae View Post
    Does he have anything to chew on? It doesn't look like there's anything wooden for him to wear his teeth down on in the cage, and guinea pigs need to be able to chew so their teeth wear down at the same rate they grow. Fruit woods are great for this. Other than that, I concur w bpatters and poop_patrol.
    He does here are some of his toys: (grass ball, willow football, cardboard tubes filled with hay and pine cone)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiggleLove2013 View Post
    @jaycriae, actually, wood chews are useless for wearing down teeth as they don't get to the back molars, which are just as important as the incisors. Hay is the only way to keep the teeth and digestive system healthy.

    Hope your piggie does well! I've never cared for a blind pig but I know some members here may have experience. I agree with poop_patrol and bpatters' inputs.
    My Piggies are both doing very well and they have quite a lot of hay.

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    Wow, never knew that. This is why I love this forum, completely corrects problems with conventional knowledge.

    In that case, everything looks great!

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    Re: Care For Blind Guinea Pig

    Quote Originally Posted by jaycriae View Post
    Wow, never knew that. This is why I love this forum, completely corrects problems with conventional knowledge.

    In that case, everything looks great!
    Thank you

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