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    Piggy Limping

    Hey everyone my piggy has starting walking on 3 legs all of a sudden. He uses his back right leg to walk sometimes, but other times he tucks it so he doesn't have to use it. Any idea what could be wrong? For reference he is acting normal and hasn't been dropped or jumped out of my hands.


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    Re: Piggy Limping

    He could have gotten it caught in the wire on the cage. I'd temporarily shorten the length of his cage with grids and zip ties and give the leg time to heal in an area where he doesn't have to move much.

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    Re: Piggy Limping

    He may have injured his leg playing, he may have gotten a toenail caught in that carpeting and pulled a muscle, there are numerous reasons why he might be limping.

    How much vitamin C is he getting?

    The best thing to do is limit the amount he can move, so that he can rest the leg and let it heal. Move him into a smaller area, and keep his food, water and hay close. Monitor his progress and if he worsens, get him to an exotics vet.

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    Re: Piggy Limping

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    He may have injured his leg playing, he may have gotten a toenail caught in that carpeting and pulled a muscle, there are numerous reasons why he might be limping.

    How much vitamin C is he getting?

    The best thing to do is limit the amount he can move, so that he can rest the leg and let it heal. Move him into a smaller area, and keep his food, water and hay close. Monitor his progress and if he worsens, get him to an exotics vet.
    Thank you, that's very helpful. I have Vitamin C in his Wild Harvest food. Is there a human supplement of Vitamin C I can use, such as a pill?


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    Re: Piggy Limping

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    He may have injured his leg playing, he may have gotten a toenail caught in that carpeting and pulled a muscle, there are numerous reasons why he might be limping.

    How much vitamin C is he getting?

    The best thing to do is limit the amount he can move, so that he can rest the leg and let it heal. Move him into a smaller area, and keep his food, water and hay close. Monitor his progress and if he worsens, get him to an exotics vet.
    Also, he is putting weight on his injured foot when he eats out of his food bowl.


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    Re: Piggy Limping

    There are supplements you can get, but the absolute best thing he can get is a nice thick slice of bell pepper. Red or green are the best ones. A slice of that every day will give him plenty of vitamin C.

    Don't confuse bell pepper with hot peppers, anything spicy or hot should NEVER be given to a guinea pig.

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    Re: Piggy Limping

    Quote Originally Posted by samsterlacci View Post
    Also, he is putting weight on his injured foot when he eats out of his food bowl.

    He's probably putting weight on it because he NEEDS to, not necessarily because he wants to.

    If he hasn't shown improvement in a few days, take him to the fur baby doctor

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    Re: Piggy Limping

    And just as an FYI, reading back, the Wild Harvest food is TERRIBLE for guinea pigs. If it's got colored bits of anything in it, it's likely not good for pigs at all.

    Switch him to something like Oxbow Cavy Cuisine, or KMS pellets.

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    Re: Piggy Limping

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    And just as an FYI, reading back, the Wild Harvest food is TERRIBLE for guinea pigs. If it's got colored bits of anything in it, it's likely not good for pigs at all.

    Switch him to something like Oxbow Cavy Cuisine, or KMS pellets.
    Okay will do! Why is wild harvest bad?


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    Re: Piggy Limping

    It's basically a gimmick food to separate you from your hard earned money, making you think you're doing something really great for your pig.

    It's got all kinds of ingredients that aren't good for them, and some that are downright dangerous. Guinea pigs have very narrow airways, and seeds can choke them easily.

    Their main requirements are high quality timothy hay and fresh, clean water. They should also get a cup of veggies per day, such as green leaf lettuce, also a slice of the aforementioned pepper.

    Compare the ingredients of, say, Oxbow Cavy Cuisine to the ingredients in the Wild Harvest. You'll see a huge difference.

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    Re: Piggy Limping

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    It's basically a gimmick food to separate you from your hard earned money, making you think you're doing something really great for your pig.

    It's got all kinds of ingredients that aren't good for them, and some that are downright dangerous. Guinea pigs have very narrow airways, and seeds can choke them easily.

    Their main requirements are high quality timothy hay and fresh, clean water. They should also get a cup of veggies per day, such as green leaf lettuce, also a slice of the aforementioned pepper.

    Compare the ingredients of, say, Oxbow Cavy Cuisine to the ingredients in the Wild Harvest. You'll see a huge difference.
    OK thank you for the tip. He gets lots of veggies and the Oxbow Timothy hay as well as water.


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    Re: Piggy Limping

    You're more than welcome. Please, keep us updated on how he's doing.

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    Re: Piggy Limping

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    He may have injured his leg playing, he may have gotten a toenail caught in that carpeting and pulled a muscle, there are numerous reasons why he might be limping.

    How much vitamin C is he getting?

    The best thing to do is limit the amount he can move, so that he can rest the leg and let it heal. Move him into a smaller area, and keep his food, water and hay close. Monitor his progress and if he worsens, get him to an exotics vet.
    I decreased his C&C cage to a 2x2, is that okay or too small?


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    Re: Piggy Limping

    I would think it would be okay. The trick is to try and limit his movements so keep everything as close to him as possible

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