Pet Guinea Pig Care, Information, Facts & Pictures

Pet Guinea Pig Care, Information, Facts & Pictures.
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Thank you for choosing Oxbow nutrition and accessories for the health and wellbeing of your companion! Offering fresh hay, fortified food, treats and accessories is a great first step in ensuring the long term health and happiness of your pet. However, there are many additional considerations to make when planning for the care of your pet rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla, rat, hamster, or gerbil.
First rule of correct guinea pig care: Provide your pet with optimal (or larger) sized cage. You can read additional info about cages on  Page.
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If you notice diarrhea, sneezing or coughing in the pen, a small animal vet should be contacted immediately. Happy and healthy guinea pigs can live for a decade. So if they’re properly cared for, these pets can stay for a long, nice time. Sometimes excited guinea pigs jump up and down. This behavior is known as popcorning. As small mammal veterinarians we provide primary and emergency care for your pet guinea pig including:
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You will need all the initial supplies, cage, bedding, food, accessories like food bowls, water bottles, toys, a secure carrier for vet visits. The accessories will last quite a while, but you will need a constant supply of bedding, hay, pellets and fresh vegetables. One of the most expensive as well as one of the most important things to consider are veterinary bills. If your guinea pig became poorly and needed treatment, would you be willing to pay the veterinary bills?. If the answer is no, please do not adopt a guinea pig or any other pet. As an owner of any pet, you should be fully be prepared to take on the responsibility of making sure your pet is well cared for, happy and trips to the vet when needed.Guinea pigs can make wonderful pets for children, but because guinea pigs are timid by nature and also fragile, must be taken and very young children should be supervised at all times and be taught that a guinea pig is not a toy. If your child isn't mature enough to know that, then it would be better to wait until your child is older. Remember that even if your child has promised to look after their guinea pig, some children become bored within a short space of time and they forget about all the promises they made. So as an adult it would be you that is responsible for the guinea pigs welfare for the whole of their life. If you won't be able to take on that responsibilty, ( just incase your child becomes bored ), then please don't bring home a guinea pig or any other pet. Unless your child is mature enough to take on the full responsibilty of taking care of a piggy, then with younger children, you will still need to supervise and make sure the guinea pig has lots of care and attention.If the answer is no, then you would be very wise to buy a book about guinea pigs before you bring a guinea pig home. Of course, the internet is also a great source of information, but its also good to have a few favourite books to curl up with and read. I have 3 favourite authors, firstly is Peter Gurney who has written several books about guinea pigs. I own a copy of which is an exellent book. Dale Sigler who has written a marvellous book called . Myra Mahoney another great author who has written If you are thinking of getting a guinea pig for a child, it would be a good idea to buy a book that is aimed at children. This way they can become involved in their guinea pigs care and learn lots of facts about them. Depending on their age of course, but a book called by Mark Evans, is an easy to understand book for children. To buy these books on-line, just click on each title or you could try ordering them from your local book store.
Guinea pigs, or cavies, are part of the Rodentia order. Many pet care books will list guinea pigs as rodents, but this isconfusing and often debated. Many other animals fall under the Rodentia order that we don't consider rodents: degus, jerboas, pacas, beavers, chipmunks, woodchucks, squirrels, prairie dogs, porcupines and capybaras. These animals are generally herbivores, with long incisors. Guinea pigs have the long incisors typical of rodents, as well as a diet similar to that of rodents. However, I always differentiate guinea pigs from rodents simply because their care and lifestyle is more closely aligned with rabbits instead of rats, mice, hamsters and gerbils. Guinea pigs need horizontal space for running, much like rabbits. They also require a diet with Vitamin C, and cannot have nuts and seeds as part of their diet. They cannot use the typical "hamster wheels," since they are not known for agility. While they can climb to an extent, they cannot scurry up steep slopes like rodents. Both rabbits and guinea pigs need space, and lots of it.