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  1. Smileandnod

    Vet Costs Please list your single and cumulative vet expenditures. Are there limits?

    SgtBilko...you just validated my concern regarding your desire for an argument (argument: an exchange of diverging or opposite views; a reason or set of reasons given with the aim of persuading others that an action or idea is right or wrong) and a laugh. This forum is not for that. This forum...
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    Conditions Balding spots?

    If you gently pull the hair in that area or other areas, does it come out easily with small clumps of dry skin attached?
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    Vet Costs Please list your single and cumulative vet expenditures. Are there limits?

    SgtBilko...I am curious about your post and your true intentions regarding this thread. On your previous thread you seemed judgemental and balked at vet care for a guinea pig who is, and I quote directly from you, "a bottom of the food chain RODENT". You demeaned those who were taken aback...
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    Conditions Balding spots?

    When you feel on the spots is there any lump or swelling? When mine developed sebaceous cysts they developed hair thinning in the spots where the swelling occurred.
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    Behavior Pig is like catatonic. also not really eating

    I feel the same way! My dog & cats are far easier...cheaper & less time consuming ...than my guinea pigs!
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    Any advice on grieving and how to cope with guilt?

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose a beloved pet. Take care and don't let guilt weigh you down or cloud your memories.
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    Behavior Pig is like catatonic. also not really eating

    Also, your plastic storage container isn't wide enough. They need width as much as length...at 20 inches, that's not even the equivalent of 2 grids wide....it would be like living in a narrow, short hallway.
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    Behavior Pig is like catatonic. also not really eating

    Interestingly enough in some countries it's illegal to own just one guinea pig, so you're outnumbered in your assessment that they are "just rodents" and content as a loner. Let's not play games...if you had difficulty with mashing pellets, I highly doubt you went through the labor intensive...
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    Behavior Pig is like catatonic. also not really eating

    If you are still syringe/force feeding you need to use a product formulated for the special diet and nutritional needs of guinea pigs. Critical Care by Oxbow is recommended because it has the correct balance of nutrients needed for an animal who is not consuming enough on their own and is hay...
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    General Post neutering question.

    Good luck to both you and him! Keep us posted on how he is doing. I also can't wait to hear about how it goes when he finally gets to meet the ladies. Neutering usually goes well and sometimes the hardest part is just finding a competent vet who has the experience to perform the surgery.
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    General Post neutering question.

    I have had 2 boars neutered. The first had some slight complications due to a reduction in his eating & drinking on day 3 through about day 7...but we had critical care and pedialyte on hand. He bounced back and is now a happy, healthy 3 year old who has lived with up to 11 females in a room...
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    General My guinea pig upper front teeth kinda thick

    Nutrition chart for safe fruits & veggies. https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/22156-READ-ME-Cavy-Nutrition-Charts-amp-Poisonous-Plants-List
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    General My guinea pig upper front teeth kinda thick

    You need to provide your guinea pig with good quality hay, not alfalfa, for your almost 1 year old female. Timothy and orchard hays are good choices. I can't see her being able to even eat compressed hard hay with her teeth missing like that. You need to provide your guinea pig with 1 cup of...
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    General My guinea pig upper front teeth kinda thick

    I am hoping we can help you figure out what is happening so we can assist you in problem solving the issue that is causing the tooth issues. I realized you posted recently regarding another of your guinea pigs who sadly passed (I am sorry for your loss) recently due to broken teeth in this...
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    Introductions Introducing a male guinea pig to my two females

    I'm not seeing anything in your post about your females being spayed nor the male being neutered. If they are not fixed then it would be a horrible idea to introduce these 3 year old females to any male as a pregnancy would likely happen. A 3 year old female who has had no prior births would...
  16. Smileandnod

    Injury Guinea Pig head tilted

    Allenf...as said above, make an appointment with an exotics vet as soon as possible. Ask for Benebac if you are given an antibiotic (or buy some on Amazon, chewy, or elsewhere). Benebac is a probiotic which is recommended to be used with any antibiotic to help with gut health. Keep us updated...
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    New (sort of) guinea pig owner here...learning as much as I can!

    Welcome to the forum! Yes, this forum has lots of great ideas, tips, and advice. Enjoy!
  18. Smileandnod

    Upper Levels Loft/Built in house

    You can go to the cage store associated with this forum and go to the "Expanding" section for products or ideas. I built a cross between a patio and a mezzanine for a section of my 2x10 upper loft. I would recommend that if you don't have a full cover for your cage you make one for this area...
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    URI/Upper Respiratory Infection How to mix Doxycycline in a carrier and determine dose

    Understandable that you want to avoid the vet fees for a condition you feel confident you already have diagnosed, but I would caution you in trying to create your own antibiotic suspension. Guinea pig gut flora is sensitive...too much and you could end up with a very sick pig due to not...
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    Behavior New pups, need help!

    Make sure you not only separate the adult male and female, but you also remove any male pups at 21 days from any females (including mom).
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