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Guinea Pig Health

Guinea Pig Health

One of the most popular pocket-sized pets–especially with small children–is the guinea pig, or cavy. These pets are relatively easy to care for and are very small. They generally live to be between five and eight years old.

Find out the basics on guinea pig care, here:

1. Diet. Guinea pigs should eat a balanced diet of hay, pellets, and fresh fruits and vegetables. The latter are especially important because guinea pigs cannot manufacture their own vitamin C. Pellets contain vitamin C, but most experts believe it is important to supplement them. Other C sources include red and green bell peppers, broccoli, kale, cabbage, spinach, chicory, and leaf lettuces.

2. Feeding bowls. Ceramic dishes are best for feeding, as is true for most animals. Do not feed in plastic, because this can precipitate various conditions.

3. Symptoms to watch for. These might warrant immediate attention by a veterinarian: decreased appetite, weight loss or gain, discharge from eyes or nose, diarrhea, limping, lethargy, hair loss, and lumps or bumps.

Read more: Pets, Less Common Pets

Adapted from Why is Cancer Killing Our Pets? by Deborah Straw (Inner Traditions, 2000). Copyright (c) 2000 by Deborah Straw. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Why is Cancer Killing Our Pets? by Deborah Straw (Inner Traditions, 2000).

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1:41AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

thanks for sharing

5:08AM PST on Feb 14, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:53PM PST on Dec 27, 2010

thanks

5:56PM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

I cannot be happier with my piggie. I love him so much. I always try to do the best for him. Right now I'm trying to find him a little friend

2:30PM PDT on Apr 3, 2010

The brief outline of this article are the basics, but there are two superb websites I would recommend for guinea pig care and reference:

http://www.oginet.com/pgurney/

AND

http://www.guinealynx.info/

NEVER delay if your guinea pig shows signs of ill health. Take to a vet, or better yet, a QUALIFIED rodentologist, straight away. Time is always of the essence.

3:44PM PST on Feb 24, 2010

I used to have two guinea pigs-they were such a delight to have. they had to have special attention, just as the article dictates, but it was well worth it to have happy, healthy pets.

11:34AM PST on Feb 10, 2010

I do not think that it is right to have a pet that lives in a cage. I have cats who can choose how they live and they make sure that we do what they want!

12:38AM PST on Dec 28, 2009

YES, guinea pigs are so much fun! I used to have some, when i was a TEEN, there are so lovely to have around...with their squeeky noises they make ;=)

2:46AM PST on Dec 27, 2009

I have been thinking of getting one from the animal shelter. You have convinced me they make loving pets. And they live longer than I thought. Thank You.

8:00AM PST on Dec 26, 2009

Guinea pigs tend to have stong personalities and can be very funny-especially if you try to talk to them seriously about current affairs...but don't let them get too fat or too cold. =]

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