How do I know if my guinea pig has Vitamin C deficiency?
Guinea pigs with Vitamin C deficiency develop a variety of symptoms including loss of appetite, depression, lameness and sore joints, bleeding gums and bruising, ruffled fur and weight loss. If you suspect your pet has Vitamin C deficiency, contact your vet for advice. My guinea pig keeps scratching, what should I do? Your pet may have a number of conditions which could include flystrike, mite infestation or ringworm. (link through to pet health guide pages) . If you have any concerns about your guinea pig, contact your vet for advice.
My guinea pig’s claws seem a bit long. Should I clip them?
It’s advisable to clip the claws approximately once a month, however the more a guinea pig walks or runs on a hard surface the less frequently they will need clipping as they will wear down themselves. Guinea pigs that spend a lot of time in their hutch or on grass will need their claws clipping more frequently. Ask your vet or vet nurse to show you how to clip the nails if this should be necessary.
How often should I carry out a healthcheck on my pet?
You should check your pet on a daily basis to make sure there are no signs of disease or injury. Simple changes in behaviour in relation to feeding, activity and toilet habits often give a clue that all is not normal. If in doubt or you find anything abnormal contact your vet for advice.
How often should I feed my guinea pigs?
Guinea pigs should be fed fibre rich diets, such as hay or grass, on a daily basis. This should be supplemented with a complete food which provides all the nutrients in the correct amounts and proportions.
How often should I play with my guinea pig?
Regular daily exercise is essential for your guinea pig’s health and you should play with your guinea pig on a daily basis to help prevent boredom and conditions like obesity.
I think my guinea pig is overweight. What should I do?
Obesity can cause many health problems. If you are concerned that your guinea pig is overweight contact your veterinary practice. They will be able to weigh your guinea pig for you and advise you on the target weight and how best to achieve this. They will also monitor your guinea pig’s progress and make sure there are no medical reasons for your pet’s weight problem.