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Guinea PigsHealth & Hygiene

Guinea Pig Health & Hygiene

A healthy diet and hygienic conditions will help to keep your guinea pig in good health.

If you become concerned about your Guinea Pigs health, speak to your Petmania pet care advisors they will be happy to help you.

A healthy guinea pig will:

  • Be alert with bright eyes
  • Have dry and clean nostrils
  • Have a shiny coat
  • Have healthy trim teeth

Lice & Mites

Lice and mites can affect your Guinea Pig, so you should check for them regularly. Treatment is relatively simple, but early identification is necessary to prevent discomfort and potential hair loss. If you are concerned, please speak to your Petmania Petcare Advisor who will be more than happy to help.

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Dental Health

Because your Guinea Pigs teeth grow continually, you will need to provide - gnaw sticks and chew toys to help ensure his teeth are evenly worn and to prevent overgrown teeth developing. Overgrown teeth will lead to discomfort, loss of appetite and other related illnesses. If you are concerned, please speak to your Petmania Petcare Advisor, or seek veterinary advice.

Grooming

Guinea Pigs are excellent self groomers, but regular grooming by you will help strengthen the bond that you have with your pet, and also highlight any skin or health problems that may develop.

Groom your Guinea Pig daily if they have long hair, or weekly if they have short hair using a grooming glove or a soft brush.

Hutches & Habitat

Clean out your Guinea Pigs hutch on a weekly basis with a pet safe disinfectant. Food bowls and water bottles should be cleaned daily, and soiled bedding removed.

Neutering and Spaying

Through neutering (males) or spaying (females), you can help your guinea pig live a happier, healthier, and longer life.

Both neutering (males) and spaying (females) are surgical procedures done under anesthetic; therefore there is minimal pain for the guinea pig. You can neuter your male guinea when it reaches sexual maturity which is after five months.

Neutering a guinea pig does not change their behavior they will still show sexual signs towards females, but it will prevent reproduction.

Benefits of Neutering or Spaying

  • Female guinea pigs when spayed have a less likelihood of becoming overweight.
  • Reduces the risk of cancer and tumors developing
  • Prevents unwanted reproduction

 

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