I think I might love them too much!
- And got the T-shirt
As far as the guinea pigs go, the best way to know whether they're ok or not is to know what's normal and what's not, what's serious and what's not, and where to take them when they need a vet and where not to. Start at the main page of this site (http://www.guinealynx.info/) and read the Care Guide and the Emergency links. Guinea Pig Cages website has a lot of information about cages and bedding.
The more you know, the more capable you'll be to determine what you really need to freak out about, and what you need to just chill over.
- Supporter 2016-2018
I take medication for my anxiety. Yes, other cavy owners go through the same thing. I have two juvenile boars and I obsess over every little detail of their health and happiness. Ironically enough, they help me with my anxiety because when I have a problem and can't stop ruminating, watching them interact with each other puts me in calmer waters.
It's natural to feel anxious about their well-being because they can't talk to us and we read so many posts about how when they show symptoms of a problem, it's already pretty bad. I know it's hard not to let that get to you. I echo the advice of weighing them regularly and keeping a record of their weight and behavior too if you can. So much easier to have that stuff written down. When I have a pet at the vet, I'm usually too worked up to be able to explain things clearly and it's helpful to have my notebook there.
I'll tell you something I also learned recently. Boars are little miscreants. Especially when they are young. Mine rumblestrut at each other constantly. Sometimes it gets to the point where one is chasing the other around their enclosure, but they've never drawn blood and it doesn't last for long. It took observation over weeks to get me to the point where I barely glance up anymore when they start in on their shenanigans. It might just take some time on your part to be comfortable with their behavior.
Take heart! You aren't alone. We love our piggies and we sometimes agonize over the little things. Try to do something productive with that energy and they will be just fine!