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  1. bpatters

    Wood Pellets/Chips Wood Pellets

    You need to get the store to let you cut a hole in the pellet bag and see how strong a smell the pine has. Some pine pellets are terribly strong-smelling, and it takes months for the odor to dissipate if you just air dry them. Others are better, but you won't know until you try. If they won't...
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    Weight Loss Guinea pig losing weight, vet can't find anything

    Four is way too young for age to be the cause of weight loss. It is true that senior pigs gradually lose weight -- usually in a step-wise fashion. They'll lose 50-100 grams, stabilize for a while, then lose that much again. And it occurs over a period of months or years. How long have you...
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    Wood Pellets/Chips Wood Pellets

    I used pellets for years, and highly recommend them. They're cheap, long-lasting, and the most absorbent material you can find. But you have to be a little careful. You need to find some without a strong pine smell. I used Tractor Supply for a while, but their suppliers change from time to...
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    General HELP! My guinea pigs poop looks weird

    That won't work. Vitamin C in water in the presence of light degrades within a VERY short time. You're left with funny tasting water with no vitamin activity, and the pig may drink less because of the taste. If you're going to give liquid vitamin C, you need to dilute that stuff and syringe...
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    General HELP! My guinea pigs poop looks weird

    The color of poop is highly dependent on what the pig has eating in the last day or so. A different kind of hay can change the color, as can different veggies.
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    Breeding Pregnant Rescue Guinea Pig.

    If you're using a C&C cage, the babies can definitely get through the holes. The pups will learn to drink from water bottles if the mom does.
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    Conditions Casper's Medical Thread: lesion on testicle

    What he really needs are motility meds, and that means a vet visit. Not all emergency vets are GP savvy, and often there's not an exotic vet available. But if you've got one, take your pig in. The longer bloat goes on, the worse the likely outcome. The only things readily available on a...
  8. bpatters

    Hay Ants attracted to hay!

    I always stored my hay in the garage, but I never had ants go after the hay. I'd shake the rest of the box out and see if there's something in there that they're going after.
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    Conditions Casper's Medical Thread: lesion on testicle

    Sorry I missed this earlier. Poptart has already been exposed to whatever it is, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. I'd just keep a close eye on him in case he seems to be developing the same thing. Separating pigs during illness can stress them out, and also cause problems with...
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    Genitals Constipated Guinea Pig

    He's not constipated, he's a boar, and his sac needs to be cleaned. There's a video showing how to do it, but I'll have to search for it on this new forum. When I find it, I'll post back here. You should check your boar's sac and penis sheath at least once a week, and clean as necessary. If...
  11. bpatters

    Breeding Pregnant Rescue Guinea Pig.

    There's absolutely no way to know. Babies could look exactly like either parent, or more likely, a mixture of both. Do be sure to be ready for the pups. You don't need to separate the mom from other sows if you've got a large enough cage for the sows and the pups, but a crowded cage will...
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    Fleece Pee Pads

    No, microfiber doesn't absorb anything. It's more like the fleece itself.
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    Fleece Pee Pads

    You can also make pads by sewing some absorbent material (U-Haul pad, cotton mattress cover, towels, etc.) between two pieces of fleece. If you make a bunch of them, you can put them in places where the pigs pee and poop the most, and change them frequently. That cuts down on the number of...
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    Sick Chico and Amigo's med thread

    A vitamin C supplement might also help. I've had a couple of pigs with patchy hair loss, and it has helped considerably.
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    Fleece New Cage, New Fleece

    No, Coroplast doesn't stain. But even if it did, it's going to be underneath the bedding and therefore not visible to anyone except you when you change the bedding. Your pigs could be injured using those grids. You can buy some others and overlap them so that the holes are smaller, or just...
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    Sick Chico and Amigo's med thread

    Can you post pictures of his skin?
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    General Guinea Pigs front foot is a faint purple and one of her nails on the foot

    No, not usually. Use cold pressed virgin coconut oil (available at any sizeable grocery store and most pharmacies). The cold pressed stuff has both antibiotic and antifungal properties, and is great treatment for all sorts of piggy ills. It just takes a small amount. Rub it in well. It...
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    Fleece New Cage, New Fleece

    You DO need an absorbent layer with fleece,. Many things will work -- mattress pads, towels, U-Haul pads, etc. Fleece itself just wicks the urine through to the absorbent layer, and keeps the pig's feet dryer than they would be otherwise. You DO also need something waterproof under it, but...
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    Brands The Healthiest/Best Type of Hay

    Any grass hay will do, and as @4boipigs says, pigs have preferences. Most people use timothy, because it's readily available in most places, but orchard grass, meadow grass, bluegrass or brome will all work. Pigs can get hay pokes from hay racks just like they can from piles of hay. My pigs...
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    C&C Cage resale?

    Cavyspirit, the site owner, will have to come along and answer this. On the old site, we had a link to a place to sell used GP stuff, but this site is brand new and I haven't seen anything like that on it yet. I'll ask her to look at this post.
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