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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Early V-day Present!

My boyfriend got me the sweetest present last night- a 6wk old guinea pig!

now i have been doing research for a yr, and in the last 6mnths I have been looking at this part of the forum. It was definately a sweet surprise, bc i never ever expected him to get me a pet.

She is a little one, in the near future i will get her a female friend and have them spayed...

i know growing pigs need alphalfa hay and later switch to timothy hay bc they no longer need as much calcium...

of course i also the the vit c requirements, fresh vegetables..

my question is how long should i keep her on alphalfa and when should i switch..?


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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-10-2007, 12:25 PM
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females living together dont have to be spayed. I suggest green pepers piggies love them! and post pictures of her!
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i know, but mammary tumors or so prevalent, and spaying can prevent this and even reduce pituitary tumors

i ve gone through the pain of loosing my rat, Skrat, to them, and i had my remaining rat,Constantine, spaying, it reduces the risk up to 80% in some studies, i know its best to do on rabbits, and im just not gonna risk it, i might later just get a male and also neuter him...but that may be a few weeks from now


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Yes, I saw the thread on your rattie, shes really cute im sorry for your loss.
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yeah........ i wanted to remove the tumore before it got bigger, he told me to wait and thats the good that did..


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aww, I lost my rattie to a tumor too. We didnt find it until it was too late, it was inside his stomach and you could only find it if you pressed on it.



BTW, good luck with your piggy!
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A piggie - wow your bf is really sweet!
My friends piggies LOVE red peppers and they are high in vitamin c.

I am not sure about piggies and alfalfa but the vet had my buns change over to timothy when they were both fixed. She said once they are old enough to mate they are mature. I still think they are babies! They were probably about 5 months when they were switched. They are also on timothy based pellets (not sure if piggies have those). I am still giving them as many pellets as they want a day, more hay than they can eat and a nice amount of fresh greens each night.

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im not surea bout the hay...but congrates!

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Guinea pigs develop ovarian cysts, and not tumors, and they are almost never fatal unless ignored for prolonged periods of time. They also are not nearly as prevalent as ovarian problems in rats. Spaying a guinea pig is a risky surgery and (personally) an unnecessary cost. I think you'd be better served holding that money for another of the more common problems like mammary tumors or bladder stones.
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I think you'd be better served holding that money for another of the more common problems like mammary tumors or bladder stones.
mammary tumors are tumors associated with the female reproductive tract....and thats why i would consider having her spayed in the first place


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Honey, spaying a female will not prevent mammary tumors. Males get them too. We have several males (some neutered) in our rescue who have had mammary tumors removed, and spayed females who have had them removed too.
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Honey, spaying a female will not prevent mammary tumors. Males get them too. We have several males (some neutered) in our rescue who have had mammary tumors removed, and spayed females who have had them removed too.
my vet, and several others, suggested this to me, also i have read medical literature that spaying early can reduce mammary tumors in rats up to 80%, it said nothing of males, however this is in rats, i am concerned as to how this applies in guinea pigs, bc if there is no difference and if they are not prevalent i will not spay her, now i am researching this more on guinea pig studies, and links are highly appreciated, thanks for the input


here's a good article that shows the benefits of spaying rats: http://www.rmca.org/Articles/spay.htm

but does anyone know how long i should feed her alfalfa? and later swith to timothy hay?


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She should get alfalfa till she is around 6 months old. You should be feeding her both alfalfa and timothy.


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