Guinea Pigs' health, Guinea Pigs' lifestyle

2 things you shouldn’t buy for a guinea pig

When we got Archy, the previous owner also donated everything he had for him. Food, pen, wood house… But also two objects that Ms M asked Little M to throw to the bin as soon as they arrived home.

First was a hay-ball with a bell. Why not using one? For two main reasons:

  • A guinea pig can and may caught his head between the wires. If you don’t believe us, check on the Facebook groups or on the internet and you will find some cases. Of course, not all the piggies do this, but what if it is exactly your piggy that does it?
  • Second, that bell sound scares them. They don’t like it and means danger to them. So why would you want to keep your piggy in constant stress?

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As a side note, whenever one of the humans rings some keys around Archy’s pen, he runs and hides.

Second thing was a harness (leash). Somehow the previous owner expected a guinea pig to quietly walk along on the street.

Reasons why not to use a harness on your piggy:

  • Their spine and corporal construction is not made for a harness and you could really harm them.
  • Walking your piggy outside is a tremendous stress. They are little scared creature and anything that “flys” around scares them to death. Just try to open an umbrella next to them or drop something on the floor. The outside world has much more stimuli than my two examples…

Be wise when buying things for your piggies! 😉

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Guinea Pigs' health

Sad, sad Kirk

Kirk had a surgery yesterday for the removal of a mammary tumor. The intervention went well and we all hope e had an early catch and it will not develop further complications.

This was his third visit to the vet, the second one being the pre-op check up. So we can imagine why he is not really used with the drill. (We actually hope this will not become a habit.)

Mr G brought him home yesterday evening around 7 and since then he is just… sad. 😦

img_20180531_073612Ms M cuddled him a bit after the little brat, pardon me! I meant “sweet toddler”, went to bed, and he had some pellets. But still he prefers not to move and lais still in a pancake shape on the floor. Veggies don’t tempt him.

The good news is that he poops and pees.

Meanwhile, Ms M is going crazy. Although she knows his behaviour is normal, she would love to see him eating. (Losing some weight won’t harm him either. Au contraire!) Thanks all gods Mr G installed a web cam so she can check on Kirk from work.

What we found out about the mammary tumor from our vet:

  • If caught and removed early, great chances for another few healthy years.
  • Usually, metastasis is slow and goes to the lungs. If caugth early, chances are no metastasis would happen.
  • He had an X-Ray which was clean. Anyway, on an X-Ray one can see only the tumors bigger than 0.5 cm. So a clean X-Ray doesn’t mean there is nothing there.

And no worries, Kirk is on pain killers for the next days. We just think he suffer like a real man. Or at least we hope he will not get a major psychological trauma.

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