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Skeeter-and-Me

Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:15 pm


If you look on the page about sexing the pups the white female( the first photo) you can see the umbelical stump, this is exactly what mine looks like, it says that the baby in the picture is 3-5 days old? I AM WORRIED!!!! is there any milk replacement I CAN USE? Should I worry? I am going to weigh her now. Be back in 5 minutes?

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Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:16 pm



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Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:24 pm


Let us know how much she weighs - we might be able to hazard a guess based on her weight.

No milk replacement. You would use Critical Care in a 1cc syringe with the tip cut off. Aspiration is a great risk in tiny babies, though, so it's not something to be undertaken lightly.

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Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:07 pm


Should I worry? I am going to weigh her now. Be back in 5 minutes?
Still waiting to hear the weight?

Skeeter-and-Me

Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:31 pm


sorry about the weight
she weighs 7 ounces

Skeeter-and-Me

Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:42 pm


sorry about the wait, she weighs 7 ounces

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Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:57 pm


Gosh, that is incredibly small. It's unlikely that baby is even 3 weeks old, although I suppose there's a chance the mom had a lot of babies - which usually makes them small.

Is she eating and drinking ok?

You need to observe her really carefully and make sure she eats and drinks enough to increase her weight. Weigh her every single day without fail. Get some critical care and some 1cc syringes to have on hand in case you need them. Actually, I'd put critical care in a bowl in her cage just to give her some extra nutrition. And be sure she's getting high-quality alfalfa pellets - Oxbow's Cavy Performance would be best.

Also, I'd bet on it that nobody really knows the sex yet. She may turn out to be a he.

Skeeter-and-Me

Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:09 pm


I was afriad that she/he was too small, I hope that it will be okay and live, it drinks from the water bottle ok but I will go get some critical care. Do you think that alfalfa hay will be okay instead of pellets, I already have some hay but can get pellets if needed. Should I take it back tomorrow so it can be with its mother? I have the time to watch it very carefully and feed it but would it need it's mother better?

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Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:12 pm


The store is closed today.

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Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:19 pm


With an animal this small I would really go out and buy the Oxbow. You can't just buy Critical Care anywhere - you'll have to see if a local vet carries it.

Otherwise, here's what I'd do: offer the Oxbow pellets plain in one bowl, and mushed with water in another bowl. She may also eat the mushy pellets off a spoon if offered.

Tomorrow, just ask them at the store what date she was born on. My bet is that someone returned the mom and her babies and nobody really knows when they were born. If she's maintaining her weight ok she'll be fine with special care. Babies are separated from their moms at 21 days, and are usually just fine at that age.

Weigh her several times today. How accurate is your scale? You want one that weighs in grams to get a really accurate measurement.

Incidentally, what sort of store is closed on a Thursday?

Skeeter-and-Me

Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:24 pm


Where can I get the Oxbow?

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Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:27 pm


http://www.oxbowhay.com

Enter your zip code to find the stores near you that carry oxbow products.

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Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:28 pm


A good petstore will have it - not Petsmart or Petco, though.

If you go to their website and punch in your zip code it should tell you where the closest retailer is located:

www.oxbowhay.com

Skeeter-and-Me

Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:25 pm


I called all of the vets in a 50 mile radius and they dont carry critical care and the petstores were closed by the time that I could call them. I did talk to a lady at a Vet. clinic that told me she raises guinea pigs and that she recently had a litter of 3 and the mother died for a unknown reason, she said that she feed the babies, gerber baby food along with crushed pellets and that all 3 survived and are now healthy, she moved here from another state and that is what her vet told her to do. I found some baby food that has 45% vitiman C and it is mixed fruit, all natural and all the fruits are on the fruit list. I have been feeding her every two-three hours and she knows when it is time to eat. She sucks on the syringe, it is quite cute. I finally got ahold of a lady from the pet store she just happpened to be in when I called, she said that she did'nt know when they were born she didnt keep up with it but was very angry to hear that it was sold so young she said that she doesnt sell them until they reach 6 weeks. i presume so they someone else can buy a new single pig or 2 females and they are sold pregnant. I told her that she should be more attentive to her animals before she gets shut down from animal neglect. But anyway, I asked her if she knew about how old she thought she was and she said less than 2 weeks but there was really nothing that she could do for me since she was sold. She would "get on to" the lady who sold her to my brother. Hopefully we can make it through this.

Skeeter-and-Me

Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:30 pm


About the oxbow hay/pellets, no luck with that.

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Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:07 pm


http://www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html#pups

They need fiber. Avoid babyfood.

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Djakarta

Post   » Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:24 pm


I purchased alfalfa based pellets through my local rescue. Are there any rescues in your area? They might also have Critical Care.

Some vet offices carry the Oxbow pellets. They might be able to order the Critical Care for you.

I went to www.oxbowhay.com and entered the zipcode 42240. The website allows you to check a specific mile radius to search. For a 50 mile radius there were listings for :

Pet Palace
2448 Ashland City Rd
Clarksville TN 37043
931-647-7745 Distance is 29.31 from the zipcode 42240

Pawprints
408 S 12th St
Murray KY 42071
270-762-0054 Distance is 46.12 miles from the zipcode 42240

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Post   » Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:19 am


Oh no - less than 2 weeks old? That is criminal.

As Lynx has said - NO baby food. Just buy those good alfalfa pellets (order if necessary) and soften those to feed in a syringe or on a spoon. Baby food can cause bloat and diarreah - particularly fruit.

Weigh several times a day. The baby will have to be fed around the clock - including several times a night. Probably at least every 2 hours.

Be sure there's plenty of hay in the cage.

Good luck!

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:01 am


She should be eating solid foods. Give her alfalfa hay, timothy hay and alfalfa pellets. Straight baby food is a bad idea.

Skeeter-and-Me

Post   » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:12 pm


OKay thank you I do have lots of alfalfa hay I will discontinue with the baby food

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