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    Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    I have had spots for a year now and he has never bit me before but now he has started biting me just this past week. I feel bad every time i yell at him is there something i can do other then yell at him to try to get him to understand and stop


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    Re: Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Do not yell at your guinea pig! He does not understand what you are trying to tell him and all you are likely doing is making him afraid of you. What it WON'T do is get him to stop biting. What you need to do is find out WHY he is biting. He could have mites and if that's the case, it is likely painful when you hold him. A case of mites requires medication to get rid of them. He could be tasting you to see if you are food - especially if you were eating before you held him. He could be telling you to put him back in his case because he has to use the bathroom. It could be any number of reasons, none of which are solved by yelling at him.

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    Re: Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Is he biting hard, or just nibbling? If he's just nibbling, that's his way of exploring the world. He has no hands to pick things up, so he just has to see what they taste like. But if he's biting hard, then something is very wrong.

    As @CavyMama said, mites are a very common cause of guinea pigs biting, because the mites make it very painful for them to be handled. Is he scratching a lot?

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    Re: Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Is he biting hard, or just nibbling? If he's just nibbling, that's his way of exploring the world. He has no hands to pick things up, so he just has to see what they taste like. But if he's biting hard, then something is very wrong.

    As @CavyMama said, mites are a very common cause of guinea pigs biting, because the mites make it very painful for them to be handled. Is he scratching a lot?
    I haven?t noticed any more scratching then he always does. He scratches occasionally but not excessively. I was petting him and as i pet him near his butt he turned around and bit and left a imprint of his teeth. He is my only piggy as my parents wont help me take care of him if i get another. Im currently looking for a job also. I haven?t been home too much in the last 3 weeks could that have anything to do with biting


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    Re: Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Most pigs don't like to have their butts petted, but that's also often the place where mites set up housekeeping.

    How much scratching does he usually do?

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    Re: Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Most pigs don't like to have their butts petted, but that's also often the place where mites set up housekeeping.

    How much scratching does he usually do?
    He scratches anywhere from 3-5 times a day and im almost always around him


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    Re: Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    I'd treat him for mites. You can see a vet, or you can do it yourself. Here are the instructions: https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...mites-and-lice

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    Re: Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    If you do take him to the vet and they offer to do a skin scraping (a common way to test for parasites), say no. They are painful for the pig and are often inconclusive even when mites are present. As @bpatters said, you can always treat at home, just in case it's mites. There's no harm in that.

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    Best treatment for suspected mites

    I can't find anything that can treat for mites but i heard of something that is used on caddle and i wanna try it but I don't know what its called or how to use it. Any help? He itches alot more then he used to so i think its time to try something


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    Re: Best treatment for suspected mites

    You already have a thread on this itching pig. Please don't start new threads when you've already got an active topic. I'm merging the threads. That will be the medical thread for your pig, and you can pick a title for it.

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    Re: Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    You already have a thread on this itching pig. Please don't start new threads when you've already got an active topic. I'm merging the threads. That will be the medical thread for your pig, and you can pick a title for it.
    Thank you. I forgot I had that post. But he has stopped biting me occasionally he nibbles too hard but then i ignore him and he's started doing it softly and i stopped yelling at him and that helped incredibly


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    Re: Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    In May, I gave you a link for how to treat for mites -- see post #7 above. The medication is pretty easy to find, and is available from Amazon if you can't find it locally.

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    Re: Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    So i just checked spots front teeth during his daily cuddle time and saw that one of his bottom teeth was chipped about and inch down but only half of the tooth is missing on the side but he doesn't look like he's in pain and he is still eating hay food and drinking water. Should i be concerned about it or just keep an eye on him?


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    Re: Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    So ive been monitoring spots for a couple days and he is slowly eating less and less of his carrots and its the only vegetable he eats. Im really worried. Anything i should do or try? Is he dying or sick?


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    Re: Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Quote Originally Posted by Spotakiss View Post
    So ive been monitoring spots for a couple days and he is slowly eating less and less of his carrots and its the only vegetable he eats. Im really worried. Anything i should do or try? Is he dying or sick?


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    Have you been weighing Spots regularly? Perhaps he's getting tired of carrots, and too many carrots aren't good for him. They have plenty of natural sugar.

    Is he drinking regularly? Is he eating his regular pellets and hay? Is he lethargic, or is he active?

    I also see that he had teeth issues a few months ago. Have you check his incisors for irregularities?

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    Re: Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    Have you been weighing Spots regularly? Perhaps he's getting tired of carrots, and too many carrots aren't good for him. They have plenty of natural sugar.

    Is he drinking regularly? Is he eating his regular pellets and hay? Is he lethargic, or is he active?

    I also see that he had teeth issues a few months ago. Have you check his incisors for irregularities?
    I don't weigh him regularly but he is drinking water and eating his food and hay normally. He is pretty lazy unless he is outta the cage which i try to do at least once a day. He has this wooden chew think that has different color pieces of wood and he has been chewing that alot more than usual.


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    Re: Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    Have you been weighing Spots regularly? Perhaps he's getting tired of carrots, and too many carrots aren't good for him. They have plenty of natural sugar.

    Is he drinking regularly? Is he eating his regular pellets and hay? Is he lethargic, or is he active?

    I also see that he had teeth issues a few months ago. Have you check his incisors for irregularities?
    I check his incisors everyday


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    Re: Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Excessive chewing can be a sign of pain. But first and foremost, you MUST weight Spots once a week. It's the very first, and often only, sign that something is wrong with your pig. They are prey animals and are extremely good at hiding injury or illness, oftentimes to the point that it's to late to do anything.

    Get yourself a good digital kitchen scale that measures in grams, and start with that.

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    Re: Spots' Medical Thread, was Piggy of 1 year old biting me

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    Excessive chewing can be a sign of pain. But first and foremost, you MUST weight Spots once a week. It's the very first, and often only, sign that something is wrong with your pig. They are prey animals and are extremely good at hiding injury or illness, oftentimes to the point that it's to late to do anything.

    Get yourself a good digital kitchen scale that measures in grams, and start with that.
    He just weighed in at 1132g


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