Critical Cavy Questions

Critical Cavy Questions

Last updated: 06 September 2000


We decided to add this new page as many people ask us how we deal with medical issues. First of all, we keep in close contact with our veterinarian, Dr. Jeffrey Jenkins. As I am writing this introduction, I am waiting to take two of our guinea pigs, Chesapeake and Viola, to see him.

Secondly, we practice several procedures from the day they join us. This includes checking eyes, ears, nose, and teeth, weighing them, and putting them on their backs. At first, we do this daily. As they get accustomed to this type of handling, we continue to check them up on a weekly and monthly schedule.

Finally, no matter how difficult they may be, we keep calm. This may mean we need to go slower or restrain the pig differently. Or it may mean that we need to stop for a little while, have some cuddle time, and try again. It is important to keep calm since our little friends can sense anxiety.

If you have any suggestions for other health procedures to add or if you would like to post the way you do things, please e-mail us. If you would like to share your methods, please be prepared to send pictures. You know, a picture is worth a thousand words. We look forward to hearing from you.

Webmaster's note: I'm sorry this column is taking so long to start up. We recently lost Wheeker, and are caring for Chesapeake and Viola with their ongoing medical needs.


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