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      Quarantine
      What's Normal?

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  Grooming
      Clipping Nails

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CARE GUIDE :: RAISING A HEALTHY GUINEA PIG

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Guinea Pig Care Guide Overview

A guinea pig can be one of the most endearing and wonderful pets. They may live as long as 9 years (the average is 5 to 7), so the decision to bring one into your home must be made carefully.

Your cavy (the proper name guinea pigs are known by) will depend on you for food, water, medical care and companionship. The advice on this site will help you give your pet a healthy start so you can enjoy each other's company for many years.


DIET -- A basic diet of quality hay, pellets and vegs will keep your guinea pig healthy.
      Dot Forages -- Your guinea pig will love these tasty weeds and grasses.
      Dot Hay -- Find out how to recognize quality hay.
      Dot Nutrition -- Guinea pigs are strict vegetarians. Links to nutrient requirements and advice on what NOT to feed.
      Dot Pellets -- Is your pellet a quality pellet?
      Dot Food Chart -- Vitamin C, Calcium, Phosphorus, and more. Use our calculator to see how your diet rates.

HOUSING -- Large cages work best. Discover the best locations.
      Dot Bedding -- Which bedding will work for you?
      Dot Free Range -- Give your guinea pigs a room!
      Dot Cleaning Tips -- Discover the key to easy cage cleaning.

HEALTH TIPS -- Learn the Five Secrets to Good Health!
      Dot Weigh Weekly! -- What is a normal weight? How much weight loss is too much?
      Dot Handling -- Want to know the safest way to carry your guinea pig?
      Dot Exercise -- Just as exercise is good for us, so is it good for our pets.
      Dot Quarantine -- Adopting a new pig? Be sure to quarantine!
      Dot What's Normal? And What's Not? -- What your mother never told you...

GROOMING -- How often to shampoo? What is a grease gland?
      Dot Clipping Nails -- Make nail trimming part of your care routine.

BREEDING -- Female guinea pigs can be sexually mature as early as 4 weeks old.
Find out why breeding is risky and never recommended. Arrow
SEXING -- Have two or more pigs? Are you positive about the sex of your guinea pig? Read these tips to make sure you've sexed them correctly!

BEHAVIOR -- Find advice on taming your new pet, descriptions of chirping, popcorning, and more.

COMPANIONSHIP -- How important is having a guinea pig companion to your pet? Will male guinea pigs always fight? How can I help my guinea pigs to get along?

AGING -- As the years advance, we watch our dear pets age and then pass from our lives. The loss of a pet is heart breaking for many of us.
    Dot Pet Loss -- Dealing with the loss of your pet.
    Dot Euthanasia -- When is it time to say good-bye? Arrow
NEED PRINTED INFORMATION?

This pamphlet is a concise reference offering advice on health, nutrition and housing. If you're interested in more comprehensive health information, be sure to order a copy of the health book.

Print out a pamphlet (translations into many languages available):
    Dot CARE PAMPHLET - Caring for your Guinea Pig

Purchase a book:
    Dot CAVY HEALTH RECORD BOOK

Please enjoy your new guinea pig. (S)he will prove to be a fascinating and wonderful pet. We are happy to share our lives with ours and wouldn't have it any other way! Arrow

FORUMS

Talk with fellow guinea pig owners on these popular forums:

    Dot Guinea Lynx (medical and general care)
    Dot Guinea Pig Cages (great housing advice)
    Dot French speakers may wish to visit Cobaye Aventure · Pour Bien s'occuper de son cochon d'inde
    Dot Portuguese speakers may wish to visit Porquinhos da Índia BR

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