Raising a Healthy Guinea Pig: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-173 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin)

Raising a Healthy Guinea Pig: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-173 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin)

Wanda L. Curran

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 0882669990

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

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or drag any of its limbs. 12. Observe the guinea pig’s behavior. It should be alert and inquisitive. 13. Observe the guinea pig’s appetite. Does the guinea pig eat frequently? If you are with a guinea pig for only a short time, offer a treat. The guinea pig should readily accept it. 14. Check the guinea pig’s breathing. Make sure it breathes in a regular rhythm. There should be no noise produced when the guinea pig breathes. Guinea Pig Housing and Equipment Guinea pigs should only be

infection, parasites, breakdown of natural bacteria in digestive tract. Treatment: 1. Clean cages and equipment and change bedding daily. 2. Remove or limit greens in diet until condition improves. 3. Feed grass hay only until diarrhea is gone. 4. Boil drinking water until diarrhea is gone. 5. Give live-culture yogurt or acidophilus water (G to H acidolphilus capsule in 8 ounces water) by eyedropper or syringe without needle by mouth until diarrhea is gone. 6. If above remedies are

shampoo 1 week later. 4. Dry the guinea pig with a blow-dryer on warm setting. Keep dryer 6 inches away from your guinea pig so it does not become overheated. 5. Examine your guinea pig in 2 weeks and repeat the dip if necessary. 6. Instead of above treatment, you can also give iver-mectrin (.02 milliliter per pound of weight). Give by mouth with eyedropper or syringe without needle. Or mix 1 milliliter ivomec 1% with 10 milliliters fruit-flavored baby food and give .2 milliliter per pound of

Grooming Your Guinea Pig Grooming is as important to the health of your guinea pig as proper diet and safe living quarters. Even the cleanest cage will not help a guinea pig through shedding as much as a good combing or brushing. When a guinea pig is shedding, it is losing hair so that new hair can grow in its place. Combing, brushing, and, in some cases, bathing are the only ways to really get your guinea pig clean. Knowing When to Groom You should groom your guinea pig on a regular

Work small sections at a time, cleaning the hair from the body outward. On long-haired breeds be very careful not to tangle the hair. When you are satisfied your guinea pig is clean, rinse thoroughly. For long-haired breeds, continue with a tearless conditioner. Follow the directions on the conditioner and then rinse twice thoroughly. Place your guinea pig on a large bath towel. Pull the towel up around your guinea pig and rub gently to get most of the water out of the coat. Place your guinea

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