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    Want a Guinea Pig(s) Should I get a Cavy, but what about the recession?

    I would like to point out that I underestimated the cost of my piggie care and was in for a pig shock when I managed to spend £200 on cages and good quality pellets/hay and carefresh/fleece/vetbed. We then had a stupidly hot heatwave and I worried myself to death about them and took them to the...
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    Cleaning Need Ideas. I am sick of cleaning the cage.

    I have two boars and I keep them on (layered from the bottom of their cage) three layers of bath towels, fleece, vetbed, fleece (those three are sewn together to prevent burrowing) then they have their hidey houses and litter trays, food dishes etc... Now I don't know if it's cause they are...
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    Sick Acting a little off.

    First and foremost, I am sorry for your loss :( Secondly, it really winds me up how contradictory information can be. As guinea pig owners (especially those of us on here!) we do our best to research everything thoroguhly and make sure we are getting the best and giving the best for/to our...
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    Weight Loss Guinea pig sitting in corner of cage, not moving

    I've read through most of this, and I'm sure I have read somewhere on the site, but I was wondering if I could ask: Does neutering help with impaction, i.e. If I gt my boars neatered will they be less likely to get impaction later on in life. My boars are 11 weeks old and I'm not botheres...
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    Vet Costs Vet costs in the UK

    I'm in Nottinghamshire, about halfways between Scotland and London. It cost me Approximately £15 per piggy per check up, £4 for a probiotic and £2 for the tinyest amount of Baytril (used for a possible UTI) that I was to administer orally. I also had to pay just over £1.50 for each pee-stick...
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    Behavior My Boars Are Causing Me Sleep Deprivation

    I agree with your last statement, I was sorely disappointed when I went in with an emergency situation last week (at least it was to me). The vet kept comparing them to rabbits etc. Sadly around here I'm completely stuck for vets, I'm hoping to find one within the city for future visits but wont...
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    Behavior My Boars Are Causing Me Sleep Deprivation

    Wow, I really feel for you! My boars usually keep noise to a minimum between 11pm and 5am. I normally go to bed around ten and get up at six. But the noise can be irritating especially when I know I have a busy day coming up. I find that clicking my thumb and middle finger to alert them...
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    Ivermectin Not allowed on piggies under 16 weeks?

    Well, I have found some information else where so if anyone else has baby guinea pigs (under 12 weeks old) that have lice I've found out what we can do to help them. Mr Johnsons Mite and Lice spray for small birds (pigeons etc) and Mini Pig shampoo from Gorgeous Guineas. I have purchased both...
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    Animal Welfare I'm so completely livid

    This is going to sound horrible but I'm so glad it's not just me who gets this kind of abuse (thats what I'm going to call it) from family and friends, co-workers and nosey neighbours! When I was first looking into getting my boys I did days and days of research. I found out which was the...
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    Ivermectin Not allowed on piggies under 16 weeks?

    So am I right to believe that using anything at all other than water on young pigs is dangerous? I've researched it and even special guinea pig lice shampoos aren't allowed on piggies under 12 weeks (mine are 8 weeks). Is it too risky to apply one drop of this stuff behind each ear on both...
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    Ivermectin Not allowed on piggies under 16 weeks?

    I didn't want to start a new thread considering this is all about one topic and the same piggies. I bought Xeno450 (which is why I wondered whether it could be used on piggies under 16 weeks, because the leaflet says not to). The guidelines state that 1 pipette (containing 450mg of...
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    Vetbed vetbed versus fleece

    I use vetbed and I love it. What I do is put a layer of newspaper down (depending on what type of cage you have you might prefer towels, damp newspaper sticks to coroplast I think). Then on goes the vetbed then I put a layer of fleece on that and tuck it in around the sides. The vedbed...
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    Urine too much pee

    If his bedding is always soggy because he is weeing so much why don't you try using fleece on top of some newspapers or towels. If you wash the fleece a few times before you cut it into cage sized squares the wee will sink through it and get absorbed by the towels/newpaper. This will keep him...
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    Blog I need help!!

    The new piggie will need to be quarantined for 3 weeks upon arrival to your home. Usually younger is fine as dominance is determined quicker (the older being the dominant one in most occaisions). You must check, double check, ask the vet and rescue to check that it is a female you are bringing...
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    Vetbed gloriously soft, rather posh?

    I got mine from bunny bazaar Vet Bed Medium from Bunny Bazaar - UK Pet Supplies for Small Animals I clean it once a week and change the fleece every 2 days since it gets ots of hay and things stuck to it. Quite expensive but it saves in the long run!
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    Ivermectin Not allowed on piggies under 16 weeks?

    Happy days! After another three hours of research and suddenly remebering guinea lynx, I've discovered they are most definately lice. So Ivermectin it is. I was so worried because I have a 16 year old dog that lives downstairs and I was paranoid to death that it was mange mites! Then not...
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    Urine too much pee

    Could you answer some questions for us? Where is he itching/chewing? Is he continuously weeing without ever stopping, or just occaisionally? Have you bathed him? How often do you clean his cage? What bedding do you use? Does he have diarrhea? Have you taken him to a vet...
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    Vetbed gloriously soft, rather posh?

    Thank you Jenniwat001 Ly&Pigs has mentioned in my mite thread that it is probably not mites because they are microscopic so what I saw must be something else. I will give then another thorough clean out after I've sorted out whats going on. I'm pretty sure they aren't eating the vetbed...
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    Ivermectin Not allowed on piggies under 16 weeks?

    That makes me feel a bit better then, but also worse, because I don't know what it is. What I saw was about 2mm long and slim. It was a creamy orange in colour. It was tiny, but clearly moving between the hair on my piggy. It was located on the rump. I only saw one. I am positive it was some...
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    Vetbed gloriously soft, rather posh?

    Thank you. I've just left them to it. They have a huge tunnel and a hidey house but if thats what they want, who am I to stop them. They are training me well. I don't mind as long as they aren't eating the vetbed... Thank you for getting back to me. I'm getting to the end of my teather with...