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Childrens Pets Updates, Advice and Tips from Devoted Vets

Keeping Guinea Pigs Healthy

Guinea Pigs learn what to eat when they are young, and it is important they are given a variety of food types at this age. Guinea Pigs are strict herbivores (and do not eat meat). A healthy diet includes hay, fresh vegetables (especially leafy greens) and pellets. Fruit, oats and cereals should only be fed in small amounts at treats.

Guinea Pigs can not make vitamin C, and like people, must eat vitamin C each day. Providing fresh leafy greens is an excellent vitamin C supplement. Vegetables high in vitamin C  include kale, parsley, beet greens, chicory, spinach, capsicums of all colours, brocolli, tomatoes, kiwi fruit and oranges. Most commercial guinea pig foods have added vitamin C, however many rabbit foods do not.

While rabbits do not like baths, and are very stressed if bathed, guinea pigs will often allow you to wash them weekly.

Guinea pig nails need to be trimmed regularly.

Females must be bred before they are 5 months old, before the bones of their pelvis fuse. If their pelvic bones fuse, a caesarean necessary.

Guinea Pigs are prone to mange mite infestation. The mites cause intense itching and skin disease including hairless and inflammed areas. Mange is treated with insecticides available at a veterinary clinic.

So phone 5623 2525 or call in to Devoted Vets, at Warragul Vet Clinic, West Gippsland for advice and care for your guinea pigs, and say "Hi" to Clara!