Tag: Exotic Pets

Common Illnesses Among Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are subject to a number of common illnesses, including respiratory infections, skin problems and genetic disorders. One common source of many skin conditions, for example, are the Trixacarus caviae, or mange mites. These small parasites cause itching, which can lead to excessive scratching and hair loss. Another common source, especially among those who …

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Common Guinea Pig Eye Problems

A guinea pig will naturally secrete a white, milky discharge from healthy eyes. The cavy then spreads that fluid over the face and performs a cleaning behavior. The habit may be done several times per day and is a normal part of grooming. But there are several conditions that can cause the eyes to become …

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The Guinea Pig Diet

Guinea Pigs, known to enthusiasts and professionals as cavies, are herbivores – they eat plant matter. Grassy hay is at the top of the list. Timothy hay is among the best options, though alfalfa can be fed in small quantities. Alfalfa, a legume not a grass, has more protein and carbohydrates, so it’s more commonly …

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Do Your Guinea Pig Homework

Guinea pigs are cool, but they’re also a little different from most other animals. That creates the need for a little investigation into these unique animals. Guinea Pigs, known as cavies among professionals and enthusiasts, make excellent animal companions. They have a range of interesting behaviors and they’re ultra-easy to care for. They come in …

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Guinea Pig Medications, Good and Bad

Treating guinea pigs requires specialized knowledge. While they’re similar to rabbits and other mammals (including humans, in important ways), they are a distinctive species. They can’t be given some of the medications that work well with others. They require some that are used chiefly with cavies. The Bad Penicillin is one drug that makes the …

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