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What is the Baytril for? Is there evidence of infection, or is it precautionary?
Keep a small bottle of orange juice (ours prefer pulp-free) in the fridge. If you don't normally drink it, just note the expiration date and replace it as needed.
PinkRufus first posted on here to give orange juice to a guinea pig who's experienced/is experiencing significant bleeding. (It's the same concept as when the Red Cross gives you orange juice and Nutter Butter cookies after donating blood.) We've needed it several times at our house and it has made a *big* difference in helping pigs who've experienced significant bleeding recover. Most pigs like it and will take several cc's readily from a syringe.
I always have orange juice in my home, because i drink it for breakfast every day or make breakfast smoothies with it. But i am worried about the calcium that is present in the orange juice i have on hand right now, so i'm going to have to look into a better type.
Also, any suggestions for a stone pig? I recently read something, somewhere, about a no pellet diet?
1. Brita filtering her water. Our water has a ton of calcium in it(I think the guy called it hard water?)
2. I am changing lettuce from spring mix to red/green leaf lettuce.
I feed KMS hayloft pellets and hay, the pigs only get low calcium veggies(cucumber, lettuce, cherry tomato, carrot, peppers, occasional apple slice). I'm not sure if I should do something more, but that's where I am right now. If anybody has any other ideas, the ideas would be very much welcomed.
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I am no water expert, but hard water has always been explained to me as being high in calcium carbonate, usually found in water in areas with lots of limestone. You can have water with lots of iron and other minerals in it without a lot of calcium carbonate -- IIRC Northern Wisconsin is like this.
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I think of a guinea pig's bladder as one of those snow globes we put out at Christmas. When you shake it the snow flies around and when you put it on the counter the snow settles to the bottom. The more our pigs can shake up the sludge in their urine through exercise and expel it the better. I feel sludge in a sedentary pig settles and has more chance to form into stones.