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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Taking care of a new Guinea Pig

So you have a new guinea pig now what?? What will you need to properly care for guinea pig?? Here are some ideas:

Solid-bottom cage (minimum 24 x 12 x 12 inches)
Water bottle
Food bowl
Hay rack
A hide house (store-bought, or use a small flower pot)
Chew toys
Aspen, pine, or recycled paper bedding (but NOT cedar – it’s toxic for your pet!)
Timothy hay, orchard grass, or oat grass

Guinea pigs enjoy a home that is away from lots of noisy distractions, and away from drafty places.
Your new pet will enjoy fresh hay in their food bowl daily. Every other day give them a special treat of salad made of kale, collard greens, zucchini or shredded carrots. Special treats once a week can include a special fruit treat of banana or mango. Once a month raisins and alfalfa will delight your guinea pig. A diet of 20% vegetables and 5% fruit will be a nutritional fine diet.

Cleaning up after your pet is easy if you take away their food dish four hours after feedings and once a month clean the cage. Just like cleaning up after your pet responsible pet owners will want to take them to the vet as well The vet should see the new pet a few days after they come home a yearly check up after that should be followed up. If your guinea pig displays symptoms such as lethargy, not eating or eating very little, you notice they are not having a bowel movement or are going to much, take your pet to the vet at once.

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