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    C&C Giving Away C&C Cage & Supplies (Chicago Area - Oak Park/River Forest)

    I have a 2x3 C&C cage purchased from the Cages Store, plus fleece flipper inserts and other supplies. Items are free - local pick up only in Oak Park/River Forest, IL, area. Hoping to move things along in the next few days. If you are local and interested, message me for details. Thanks!
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    Hay Orchard Grass Versus Timothy Hay

    It looks like the difference in calcium is not that significant. I am not sure where second or third cut timothy fits in the chart, as it contains overall and then different amts for prebloom, early, mid, late-bloom; midbloom timothy has less ca than the orchard, but overall timothy has a...
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    Hay Orchard Grass Versus Timothy Hay

    Orchard grass is perfectly fine. Timothy is typically a readily-available grass hay, which is why you hear about it more.
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    Where to Order? Is There Some Way To Buy Hay In Bulk?

    I first ordered this through Pet Food Direct a few months ago when @pinky pointed out the free shipping on the 50lb box. I ordered the orchard grass that time since she had had good luck. It was great. I ordered the orchard grass again just before the holidays, and it's even nicer than before -...
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    Inle's New Baby

    Ah, there is just nothing better than the warmth and smell of a lovely new little being (sigh) ... enjoy every moment. She is beautiful, and glad you are both doing well. Congratulations :)
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    Pellets My vet says pellets should only be given as a treat....?

    My current vet is Dr. Diane Poliakof in Elmwood Park. I have been going to her for about 3 or so years, and I cannot say enough good things about her. She is very honest about where she has seen conflicting research, gives her recommendation based on her experience and perspective, and is always...
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    Pellets My vet says pellets should only be given as a treat....?

    There are many very qualified and experienced vets and guinea pig owners alike that agree that a pelletless diet is best. Calcium content and source in pellets can be a significant issue for many pigs, whereas the same amount of calcium coming from a natural (ie fresh veggie) source does not...
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    Fleece Zorb Vs. U-Haul

    Zorb shrinks A LOT. You don't need multiple layers - one is definitely plenty. Years ago, I made my first liners of fleece, Zorb and PUL on the bottom. Even with one layer of Zorb, they take quite a bit of time to dry. They still look and work great, but they have really shrunk A LOT. My more...
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    Neutering/Spaying I feel like this is all my fault

    We make the best decisions we can based on the info we have at the time. You could not have imagined this would happen, and you need to forgive yourself. This is tragic, but this is absolutely not your fault. *hugs* And really hoping that he will be okay.
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    Vet Olive just seems "off"? Instinct or something actually wrong? How to tell?

    Re: Olive just seems "off"? Instinct or something actually wrong? How to tell? If it indeed does seem like gas, another thing you can consider is simethicone - you can find it at any drug store in the infant medication area. It's a medicine to help break up gas bubbles. You'd want an infant...
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    Vet Olive just seems "off"? Instinct or something actually wrong? How to tell?

    Re: Olive just seems "off"? Instinct or something actually wrong? How to tell? On the medicine label it should say how many mg/ml, just before or just after the name of the medicine. 1.5 lbs is a small piggie. I don't know what impact this would have on how she feels or how active or...
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    Vet Olive just seems "off"? Instinct or something actually wrong? How to tell?

    Re: Olive just seems "off"? Instinct or something actually wrong? How to tell? Is it cold where she is being kept? Is her weight normal? Are there any other possible explanations? If you think this is the start of bloat, others have used things like vibrating pads to get gas moving through.
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    Vet Olive just seems "off"? Instinct or something actually wrong? How to tell?

    Re: Olive just seems "off"? Instinct or something actually wrong? How to tell? The dosing will depend on the concentration of the medicine in suspension. Here are typical doses in mg of medicine per kg of pig (link below). If you post the details from the medicine and olive's weight, we can...
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    Allergies to Specific Pig Breeds

    I would also wonder if there was possibly something else on her that you are allergic to. Have you given her a bath since you got her? It could be residual from a bedding she was kept on or a soap she was washed with, or even a different type of hay she was romping around in. I'd start with...
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    Hello! New member looking for advice

    What does your lease agreement specifically say about pets? How did they know you have the guinea pigs, and why is the neighbor not in the same pickle? And what "violation" did they give you - did they serve you with "Five Day Notice to Quit" (which is the formal doc, assuming you are in the US...
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    Skin Problems Guinea pig with skin problems & question about medicine

    Hi - here is a great reference for medications: https://www.guinealynx.info/analgesics.html The small hairs could be new hairs growing in, not chewed off. The second pic does not show any signs of scratching. It seems there should be more visible signs if this is from scratching...
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    Urine Blood in Urine. Vet says NO UTI or Stones. Any idea?

    Ditto @pinky - I would look again for stones. There is also a condition that is an inflammation/irritation that can cause blood in the urine. I had a piggie that had chronic issues, and had on more than one occasion seen urine go from horrible looking to perfectly clear overnight (when he was...
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    Not Eating Please help!!! Piggy so sick after surgery

    Excuse the double post... my ipad is not displaying correctly, and words are disappearing... I swear by canned pumpkin (with critical care) for getting weight back on. Try really getting a lot in him at each feeding session, more than you are now. Weigh him before and after each feeding to...
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    Not Eating Please help!!! Piggy so sick after surgery

    Are you feeding him just critical care? I swear by canned pumpkin for getting weight back on. Try really getting a lot in him at each feeding.
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    C&C Putting wire grids inside chloroplast bottom?

    I agree that it should be fine. I could see the bottom connectors getting a bit icky if poo gets squished in there, but you could always snap them out and soak them every now and then. It looks nice :)
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