Know you guinea pig, know your poo

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wenton5

Post   » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:48 am


Emilyam, love the butt pic, classic! :) Moonfall, I personally wouldn't up the carrots, carrots are high in sugar. I have one water bottle for each pig. I watch how much they drink everyday. Guinea Lynx has a thread on how to keep your piggie cool during the summer, if I can find it I will send it to you. Thanks ibpatience for posting. L

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:33 am


wenton5. Carrots are NOT high in sugar! We are having a discussion right now and I want to dispel this myth! Please don't spread it!

http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=68443

C Cole-Chakotay

Post   » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:50 pm


About carrots, I also thought they were high in sugar until I read this thread. I enjoy feeding carrots a few times a week because they are crunchy for my girl.

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sef1268

Post   » Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:52 pm


FIGHT CARROT DISCRIMINATION!

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moonfall

Post   » Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:36 pm


I've seen references to "teardrop-shaped" poop as a sign of dehydration. Does that mean one end appears broken off/pointed? I bought another bottle in case my shy piggy isn't getting her share of the water, but the wire hanger that came with it is terrible and doesn't hold it up properly.

wenton5

Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:12 am


Great Lynx, thank you, that is good to know, I wont spread it. I did read that the baby carrots that don't have the peel are treated, I will need to find that info. And then run it by you. I only give regular unpeeled organic carrot but since we are on the subject I would like to get everyones opinion on these baby unpeeled carrots. Sorry for the miss punctuation, my smart phone is being fickle. Thank you. L

emilyam19

Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:35 am


Ibepatience, I forgot she was a foster. The shaved look definitely doesn't catch a potential adopter's eye in a good way.

Moonfall, I always interpreted that as the poops with a "Hershey's kiss" on one end. Charlie makes those once in a while but I don't think in his case it's related to dehydration. They look like the one on the left:

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:34 am


Would you like me to add your photo permanently to the thread, emilyam19?

emilyam19

Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:37 am


You can add/use anything at all you think is helpful.

emilyam19

Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:47 am


I think I might have a slightly better example (I knew I could count on Charlie). Sorry about it being out of focus.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:54 am


Looks good! I added your first photo and cropped and shrank the above one to get more definition (it's the shape that is important).

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sef1268

Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:21 pm


I did read that the baby carrots that don't have the peel are treated.
From what I've read, baby-cut carrots (which are those small, peeled 'cocktail' carrots and not true baby carrots) are treated with a chlorine-water solution prior to packaging. It's supposedly not enough to pose a health concern; bagged salads are processed the same way.

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lisam

Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:27 pm


Organic baby carrots are not processed using chlorine, however.

wenton5

Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:40 pm


Ah yes, that is it. Good to know just for future referrence, I just buy the regular size organic carrots but it is nice to know for another reader. Thank you so much! :) L

moonfall

Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:05 pm


I've seen poop a bit like the picture Emily posted, but it looked more broken at the end, like the piggy bit the end off. Don't they sometimes pull it out with their teeth?

I think everything is fine with my girls, by the way. Their freshly-made poops look normal; what I was seeing was probably pieces being broken up or stuck together by trampling and being kicked around. I took the fleece out of the cage and put in paper bedding again, and it eliminated the urine odor. Maybe I need new fleece?

emilyam19

Post   » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:08 am


I know this isn't quite what you're describing but it reminded me of something odd one of my pigs does. She has this strange habit of biting droppings in half and spitting them out. She'll do the regular "tuck and grab" when they're eating their special poops but half the time she breaks them up and spits them out. I'm not sure what to make of it. Maybe she can't tell the difference before grabbing them and decides that one isn't what she wanted. She eats most of them when she does this.

I know all I seem to post are photos of poop but here's an example of what I find (there will be a few of them in a pile):

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:38 am


I added that photo too.

I suspect she is hoping it is one of the special poops (what I have observed is they are greenish and stinky) and when it is evident that it is not, she discards it.

Bookfan
For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:57 pm


I love the title of this thread - makes me smile every time I see it. I have to remember to not be eating when I check it. : }

moonfall

Post   » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:48 am


Lynx, I think my piggies do that, too. I've definitely seen poop that looks like it was bitten in half. Wonder if it tastes awful and they spit it out?

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GP_mum
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Post   » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:51 am


Just wanted to share my recent/on-going experience with semi-soft poo for 1 (suspected) of my 3 pigs. This has been happening for 2-3 weeks and it's just softer poo which makes the fleece yucky as you can imagine. No obvious change in odour though.

Reading a feedback in the medical threads that for her pigs, the soft poo seemed connected to too much pellets or eating too much at 1 go, I tried giving the girls pellets with more intervals + cutting down a few (6-9) pellets for the suspected pig. I had previously held back on giving them vegetables (type and amount has been the same) but it only helped slighly. Have to say, with the slight drop in pellets and moving the frequency to 3 times at the pellet dish VS 1-2 times has helped quite a bit to firm back up the poos.

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