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Post Number:#1  Unread postby ladysown » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:54 pm


Okay, rescued some guinea pigs the other day. They are WELL isolated. I don't really like where I put them but I have no other place to put them. (outside under the hedge in an open cage). They are covered from the heat of the sun but that's about it.

They were crawling with mites/lice/fleas so I ivermectin'ed the lot of them. So much so that I wouldn't let my boy into the house without being stripping down first. He was NOT impressed with me at all. I even washed his toys that he had near them in very hot water. I will ivermectin them again in a week.

One momma, One daughter, and five babies (two days old).

I've put vitamin C in their water because even the babies were losing hair and that to me is always the first sign of a vitamin C deficiency. The momma is thin, the babies always seem to be hungry. I given them a ton of hay, pellets (which they are NOT eating), and grass. Tomorrow I'm going to give them rabbit pellets to see if staleness is an issue with the pellets they came with. I'm going to give them some mixed grains as well...but I don't want to put them off their pellets either.

What else can I do to get these pigs into shape? They are VERY rough looking. I would cull them all but I think I can bring them around. They are tiny and very sweet (the adults) so rehoming them for a small fee should be quite doable.

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Re: Guinea pig Care

Post Number:#2  Unread postby akane » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:59 pm


Vit c breaks down too fast in the water to be useful enough for guinea pigs. Cheaper pellets also aren't very stable and only good for a short time. I would syringe vit c straight in to them for a few days, sometimes you can get them to eat vit c tablets for humans, and provide them with some bell peppers if you can. Red especially. If they aren't eating pellets feed as much forage and vegetables as possible. Guinea pigs don't have as much risk of digestive upset as rabbits do towards greens. I used to dump a 2lb grocery bag full of grasses, clovers, day lillies, etc... in to my pen of 4 guinea pigs every day when I was feeding them without a commercial diet and when doing guinea pig rescue we didn't have much issue just starting the new pigs on a diet that included at least a cup of vegetables a day right from day 1. I used to get lots of peppers from gardeners whenever I didn't grow my own and grew tons of cilantro indoors and out every year. Some fresh alfalfa would also help put some weight and coat condition on them. You can get nice shiny coated guinea pigs (and horses) using alfalfa straight from someone's hay field for a few weeks.
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Re: Guinea pig Care

Post Number:#3  Unread postby ladysown » Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:29 am


thanks, the tons of grass I can do with them. They are very sweet young things and my lad is smitten. Can we keep them all mommy? No.. we can't. But you may be able to keep ONE if we bring them around okay. (he wants the baby grey one).
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Re: Guinea pig Care

Post Number:#4  Unread postby ilovehome » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:35 am


Can you tell me where to find more info about guinea pigs? I'm considering a pair, and while there is lots info about caring for them, I have not been able to find much info about their personalities--what makes them a good pet? I bought a book, but it is also mostly about their care, too. Where can I go for more info?

(by the way, I do NOT want to breed them.)
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Re: Guinea pig Care

Post Number:#5  Unread postby ladysown » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:14 am


http://www.guinealynx.info/ will help you CARE for your pig. these folks are knowledgeable.

As to what makes a guinea pig a good pet.

They don't BITE except under duress. Though I've had "tasters". Those are the pigs that will put their mouths around anything just to see if it's edible. But biters...NEVER ever had an intentionally nasty pig.

They like to live in colonies.

They talk. This is both a pro and a con. The rescues talk ALL THE TIME. Drives us nuts. They will talk in the middle of the night they are so noisy. I am hoping as they get better fed and better physically that their noiseness will settle down.

my established herd talks when I come out to see them OR if there is something wrong. Should have gone out the other night to see what was going on...when I came out in the a.m. one of the littles was dead and everyone was upset with turned over hidey holes and rough spots in the grass surrounding the cage. But I was bagged and simply put it as a one off.

They can, with time, be taught tricks, be taught their name.
They are often skittery to pick up, but with time and patience, they can become more settled. I know many a pig that will skitter away when you want to pick them up, but once you have them in your hands will sit nicely in your lap. AND I know others that are easy to pick up but won't stay still if you paid them. ... well maybe if you paid them in apple bits they'd stay still..at least until the bribe is gone. :)j

I had one that would sit on my shoulder and watch TV with me. When had to go potty would become a wiggle butt. Put in cage to do business and would be able to come out again. Another that would follow my dog EVERYWHERE and would often be found sleeping with her. They are very unique individuals.
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Re: Guinea pig Care

Post Number:#6  Unread postby MamaMandy » Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:57 pm


I know this is a really old thread, but could ladysown or anyone tell me how much ivermectin to use to treat guinea pigs for lice? I have adults and babies with it. I have no idea where it even came from! Thanks in advance!
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