We are by no means out of the woods yet. Nowhere near it! I have just done a second feed. It is midnight here. Time for a quick kip before the next feed.
Fingers crossed that she gets to see the sunrise.
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Today Winifred had surgery to remove a bladder stone stuck in her urethra. Yes, anaesthesia on an 8 year old guinea pig...
I try to go for oaten hay as meadow hay sets me off far worse, but it depends on the time of year. Good ventilation, antihistamines and thoroughly washing my hands seconds after directly touching hay keep it manageable.
Pet Stock does small quantities of meadow hay and oaten hay in a couple of different brands. I think it's about $10 a bag.
As for pellets, I only feed oxbow if I'm feeding them pellets at all. With decent hay available to the pigs 24/7 and veg you can do without.
That is hilarious! Your cats know how to holiday!
Someone posted recently about a US airline that allow pets in the cabin but it was only one pet per carrier per person - not exactly going to measure up for your tribe. Are there any US companies that specialise in transporting pets? There are...
Firstly, welcome! This forum is an excellent reference point.
Being from a pet shop they could be anything so when you can, flip them over and compare to the above pictures. Both Soecara and bpatters have listed links above on sexing for reference.
Assuming from Kaytee you are in the US? I'm hoping someone else from there can weigh in on good options for you.
Where I live I have bought hay for years from feed supply or farm supply places where they typically sell by the bale. It means I get to see all the hay they have and pick out what I...
Hay is critical. Fresh good quality hay should make up majority of his diet and it's important they have access 24/7 to keep healthy and happy. If he's been missing out on this key level of fibre in his diet, that may be why his output has been odd.
It took me a couple of heartbreaking errors to fully realise it, but it is invaluable knowing that when you need it your vet can actually get you through and give accurate advice. Sounds so silly like it should be a guarantee no matter where you go but unfortunately most dog/cat vets view guinea...
Hi Sheime! Welcome!
Keep in mind that Shieme may be pregnant. Coming from a breeders that is a possibility as guinea pigs can get pregnant right after delivering pups. There are some great resources here and on GuineaLynx that I'd suggest you have a read through of just in case.
I like to check in with my vet whenever someone new joins the family. Make sure you locate an exotics vet who specialises in guinea pigs. I certainly have made that error in the past and visited standard vets. The difference in knowledge and care is ridiculous.
Well I think getting help from friends or family is definitely step one! Of course plan ahead for food, water, changes to bedding in carriers and a quick set up when you arrive at your destination.
If you're driving my concerns would be comfort in the carriers and keeping everyone...
Welcome Happy Cavy! Awesome job rescuing little Hunter! Sounds like you're already giving her a great life!
Bedding: Totally down to personal preferences/circumstances. Having tried both, fleece (sewed into fitted liners with the absorbent layers attached) is better for me. In this thread here...
I'm not sure of what you're risk is from parasites because I'm from Aus and I'm sure it's different.
The big concerns are predators and exposure. They should be under direct supervision from you when outside to mitigate the risk from either.
My pigs like to do a little sunbaking here and...
Rectangle 1: Length and width of base of cage
Rectangle 2: Length should be 2 x (length + width of base). Width should be 2 x height of coroflute wall.
Sew the length (long side) of rectangle 2 all the way around rectangle 1. Sew together the short sides of rectangle 2.
Voila! Liner is now a...