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Recent content by labgirl5

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    Bedding Best bedding?

    I personally have yet to find a wood pellet that I like (with little pine smell) so I use a mixture of compressed paper cat-litter pellets (non-clumping) with CareFRESH over the top. The pellets themselves are a lot softer than wooden ones, so I'm sure I could just use them on their own, but I...
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    Frustrated More conflicted what should I do

    That's horrible. Did they find an illness, or did they just decide to euthanize her instead of giving her to you? It's such a shame.
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    Loss One of my piggies passed and my other one hasn't squeaked all day

    I'm so sorry for your loss. He would most likely benefit from a new buddy; after one of my boars passed from illness, I introduced him (2-years old) to a 2/3-month old boar, and they get along very well now.
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    Conditions Guinea pig and Stroke

    Is he pooping yet? You said he was constipated. A pig's system needs to be constantly moving; if he is not pooping, that's a whole new reason to go to the vet. It is extremely serious and the constipation could be the reason (not the stroke itself) that could cause you to lose him.
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    Conditions Guinea pig and Stroke

    The piggy needs to see a vet. He is considerably old, and even if the vet says that meds won't do much to help him, it's not fair to let him suffer. It's a serious issue that he's not pooping. I know from experience how quickly pigs can go downhill. This is an urgent issue; some vets are...
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    Bonding Introduction of Zues and Cooper

    I got a new piggie the week before last since my baby Ralphie passed away at the beginning of October and I knew that Cooper would be happier with a friend. I got him from a local shelter and they said he had been at the shelter for a while (even though he seems very young - I'm guessing he was...
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    In Memory of Ralphie

    Ralphie was my Abyssinian guinea pig (pictured in my profile pic). I noticed he was ill Thursday, but he seemed to be getting better. I wanted to take him into the vet Friday, but by the time I realized that I would have to most of the vets were closed. So I took him in Saturday morning. He...
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    Sick Ralphie's Acting weird; lethargic, puffed up fur, mucus

    After reading some more on Guinea Lynx I definitley think it has something to do with his teeth. He has the slobbers, and he'll eat very little, or nothing at all. His appointment is in an hour.
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    Sick Ralphie's Acting weird; lethargic, puffed up fur, mucus

    Update: I'm taking him in to an emergency small animal/exotic vet tomorrow morning.
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    Sick Ralphie's Acting weird; lethargic, puffed up fur, mucus

    My pig Ralphie is ~2.5 years. He's never had any prior illnesses until now. He lives with Cooper, who is showing none of the same signs/sickness. Ralphie had been acting a bit weird yesterday, and he turned pretty lethargic. He seemed to be more interested to eat as the day went on, so I was...
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    Behavior Separated the boy and he is so sad.

    Perhaps you could take him out for lap time or floor time.
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    Aggression i dont know what to do

    That's normal dominance behavior, especially if they've only been together a few days. You only want to separate if they draw blood. It wouldn't be a good idea to add another guinea pig, especially if you're considering giving them away because they're displaying normal piggie behavior; add...
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    Bedding good bedding?

    You can't just use towels, you're supposed to use fleece OVER towels - or another absorbent layer. Towels don't allow urine to sink beneath it and dry like fleece, so it's very unsanitary. You can get fleece at a fabric store for around seven dollars a yard. How large is your cage? Fleece is...
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    Frustrated Guinea Pigs in the Classroom - an alternative point of view :)

    The thing is... Kids don't NEED pets in the classroom. Heck, it could be bad for a large majority of them because of allergies. I strongly doubt that having a living, breathing animal in a classroom is in the curriculum, or else all fifth-grade classrooms would have pets. You are responsible...
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    Bonding Kind of at a loss with bonding.

    Guinea pigs are skittish by nature; I've had one of my boys for a over a year and a half, and the other just under a year. A month is not a long time; it could take several for them to even take food from your hand. Regardless, it sounds like you're doing as much as you can to get them used to...