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Guinea pigs

Please find below useful information on caring for your guinea pig.

How to keep your Guinea Pig fit and well!

Guinea Pigs make fantastic pets - they are inquisitive, friendly creatures that are easy to look after. Coming from South American grasslands, they do well on a diet of grass, hay, fruit and vegetables together with some commercially prepared food.

During the winter months it's important to make sure that your guinea pig has plenty of bedding to keep them warm. At night, hutches should either be covered with a thick blanket or rug or moved into a shed or garage. Water should be checked regularly to ensure it doesn't freeze.

Throughout the year, check your guinea pig every day; problems to watch out for include overgrown teeth and nails, hair loss and itching (which can be due to mange), eye infections and breathing problems. Any signs of reduced appetite or thirst, abnormal faeces, or lethargy should also be investigated promptly. If you have any concerns please call your surgery or our Advice Line.

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