Hello! New Guinea Pig owner!

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rosiea

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 1:15 am


I just thought you all might like to know how it went at the vet. Both of them got an excellent bill of health (besides Ms. Fancy Feet's teeth and her being a little overweight). He said the weight issue should resolve itself, since she's on a good diet now. Evidently, guinea pigs tend to be overweight if they're fed a diet of exclusively low quality pellets. When I gave her the greens today, she was bouncing all over the place! He's going to call me tomorrow with test results, but he's confident that they'll all come back good!

Oh, I forgot! It's so funny! Louie has been sitting in the chair across the room from their table, and he keeps trying to "talk" to them. It's so cute! It sounds like he's trying to make guinea pig noises! And they've been talking back to him, too!

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Hunybee

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 5:07 am


Total awe moment. ;). I'm glad they are both relatively healthy. Does anything need to be done withher teeth?

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Mom2boars

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 7:23 am


Aww! That is so sweet about Louie trying to make piggie noises! I'd love to see a video of that!

Glad they are doing well. Did she need any of her teeth trimmed? Did Mr. Fast Feet get snipped yet or is that a later date?

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rosiea

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 8:42 am


Yes, she needed her teeth trimmed, though her molars are fine. He wants to wait a while to snip Mr. Fast Feet, at least until he gets all the tests back, to make sure he's up to it. I was *very* impressed with this vet. He not only answered my questions well, he asked a lot of questions about their behavior, too. He also gave me a list of local resources for guinea pig stuff, and had a pretty positive attitude about me wanting to try making their pellets myself. He said he's never heard of that, but he's going to look into it to see if it's feasible. =)

bpatters
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Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 8:58 am


Why on earth do you want to make pellets yourself? By the time you assemble the hay, the vitamins, minerals, stabilizers, etc. you'll need, you could buy a lifetime's worth of good pellets from Kleenmama or Oxbow. Not to mention the difficulty of getting it all ground up, mixed, extruded, dried, etc. You'd do better spending your time growing them fresh veggies than making pellets.

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Hunybee

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 10:44 am


lol, when you jump in, you jump in with both feet.

I'm glad you found a good vet. As far as I can find, there are only 2 in my immediate area. Like a new mommy, I checked them both out. They both seemed competent, but one did stand out as being more helpful and down to earth.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 10:56 am


Beware of anyone trimming incisors only. They may not know what they are doing. Read all the teeth pages, especially gl/malocclusion.html and gl/teeth_broken.html

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rosiea

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 12:35 pm


Yeah, I kind of have this idea that I wouldn't feed an animal anything that I wouldn't eat myself. I make my dog's food from scratch, as well. We have an extensive garden, and I've already planted some timothy seed.

I *do* have a quick question, though. As I said, we have a large garden, with all kinds of vegetables. It's surrounded by chicken wire, to keep the rabbits out. But it would also work to keep the guinea pigs in, to let them forage in the garden. The problem is, there are also many different types of flowers in there, and I haven't been able to find any info on acceptable or unacceptable flower foliage for them. Any ideas?

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rosiea

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 4:05 pm


Well, I just talked to the vet. All the tests came back A+! Fast Feet's neuter is scheduled for next Friday! After everything I've learned about guinea pigs, I feel very, very lucky that I have two very healthy little ones!

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Mom2boars

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 5:07 pm


Yay!! So glad they are both healthy!

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Hunybee

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 6:35 pm


I would not let them free range outside in the garden unless you are there to stand over them and watch them. Large Birds can swoop down in an instant. Also you'll need to make sure there is adequate shade.

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rosiea

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 6:48 pm


Oh, I would definitely be out there with them...my guinea pigs are not birdy food! I haven't let them yet, mainly because I'm worried about the flowers. Will they eat them if they're poisonous to guinea pigs?

bpatters
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Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 7:30 pm


As someone on this forum has said, they're little goats. They'll eat anything that stands still long enough. You should be able to google up something on edible flowers, or put them some sort of pen to keep them out of the flower beds entirely.

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frillint

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 7:52 pm


Personally I wouldn't let them eat directly out of the garden. Your veggies should be washed and such any way. You never know what animals could pee or anything.

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rosiea

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 8:42 pm


Oh, that's a good point! There *is* a lot of wildlife around here. I did do a google search for flowers and guinea pigs, but didn't find much. Oh, well. I think their diets will be varied enough with what I know I *can* feed them already. =)

bpatters
And got the T-shirt

Post   » Fri May 20, 2011 11:35 pm


I doubt you'll find anything googling flowers and guinea pigs, but if you google "edible flowers" you should come up with a pretty good list.

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rosiea

Post   » Sat May 21, 2011 9:10 am


Well, I've decided to keep them on the pellets, at least until I don't need to keep looking at the nutrition chart. Besides that, I'll probably keep them on them through the winter, since organically grown veggies/greens are *so* expensive in the winter, if you can even find them! Like I said, I make my dog's food, but his nutritional needs are way more simple than these guys! =D

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frillint

Post   » Sat May 21, 2011 10:43 am


I think that would be best for them :)

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Hunybee

Post   » Sat May 21, 2011 11:23 am


Ok, so when do we get to see more pictures?

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rosiea

Post   » Sat May 21, 2011 11:28 am


I wanted to wait on more pictures until they get a little more comfortable. Right now they jump and go hide at anything!

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