A good portion of us on here started out with pet store pigs, which led us to here.
Be sure to check out the diet and nutrition pages. There are a couple of acceptable vegetable and fruit lists that you can print and take with you to the store. Its really fun to buy something new for them to try. Some things they will eat, and some they will not even touch. My female doesn't turn anything down, but my male loves herbs like mint and cilantro and dill.
As a daily treat, you can also give him clippings of clean fresh grass and dandelions.
I'm thinking about moving his vet appt. up to today, and get him neutered. I want to get him a companion, and there's a guy on craigslist that has a female that needs a home. I don't really want to deal with the male vs. male stuff that animals do, so I think it would work out well!
I adopted a spayed female from a legitimate guinea pig rescue, to pair up with my lone male. Things are working great for them, and we don't have to worry about pregnancy.
But not everyone has problems with male/male pairings. The worst I had with my two males was humping. They never fought.
She is *very* social and vocal! Sadly, for the past year, her diet has consisted of strictly pellets with an occasional iceberg leaf. =( Her teeth and claws are in terrible condition. I've already trimmed her nails, and will talk to the vet about her teeth, though I think the hay and chews will help her more than anything. As soon as I put her cage on the table with Mr. Fast Feet, he came right out of his cubby to check her out, and they've been "talking" nonstop!
make sure they aren't together before he gets neutered-I'm sure you know that!! If her teeth are pretty over-grown, the vet will more than likely trim them, then the other things will keep them trimmed down. I'm sure the vet will check the molars as well, just make sure. A friend of mine's piggie had over-grown molars and that cause a LOT of problems for him. :(
Again, both you babies are gorgeous!!
(Is it very obvious that I'm on "light activity" and have been *extremely* bored until I got my piggies? teehee!)
Next time you need to quarantine http://www.guinealynx.info/quarantine.html
Why not to breed:
I do have one bit of advice. Slow down. You've gone from no pigs to 2 in a very short time. Guinea Pigs are fun, but they do require daily interaction (cleanup, feeding, socializing).
If you get him snipped, please, please, please, follow the separation and care guidelines to the letter. Even though they seem hardy, their health can go down hill in a very short time. And when it does, it can take them a while to get "healthy" again, but with constant nursing and care.
But good luck at the vet tomorrow.
I agree that you want to let them settle down before putting them under for surgery unless it was an emergency surgery, since it's very stressful for them.