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Z Is For Zoo

Whew! It’s the last day of the 2012 A to Z Blogging Challenge and it is time to look at the letter “Z”. Normally, you do not see guinea pigs at the zoo but I have seen a couple of YouTube videos of guinea pigs in a zoo. I think it was in South America.
The pigs were in a big outdoor cage in one of them and there was a lot. It looked like around 50.
In the wild, guinea pigs live in herds and enjoy the company. They are social animals, so being alone is something they do not like.
In the other video, the piggies were in what looked like a big pit and again, there was a lot! Maybe around 50. I cannot imagine seeing that in person. Wow!
Anyway, we have reached the end of our long journey and I have enjoyed it very much. I met some new people and made a couple of friends. I look forward to doing this again, next year. I hope you will join me. For now, I will probably take a few days off.
Thank you for all of your comments during the month of April.

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Y Is For You Can Build Your Own Cage

We have two kinds of cages for the piggies. One of them is a Midwest cage, which you can buy off of amazon.com or their website. We also have a homemade cage, which Terry and Anna built. You may have heard of them if you keep up with guinea pig stuff. It is made of coroplast and panels that you can make shelves out of. They made one and a half cages with it. That way, Speckles can be next to Taylor and Layla with one side of bars in between them but they can’t fight.
It was less expensive to make it than buying a Midwest cage. It is also wider than a Midwest cage.
The Midwest cage is longer and has doors that double as ramps, so you can open the door and they can walk out on their own.
I wish the coroplast cage had doors, so when I have them out of the cage and they need to go to the bathroom, they can just go back to their cage on their own.
The coroplast is easy to clean but the droppings get stuck in between the bars. That’s annoying.
I have found pluses and minuses with having both kinds of cages. It just depends on what you like.

X Is For X-Ray But Not Today

Welcome to the last lap of the 2012 Blogging Challenge.  If you read my post yesterday, you know that one or my guinea pigs, Nibbles is having trouble breathing.  Today, I took him to an exotic Vet about an hour away from where I live. I have taken him to a regular Vet twice and he just could not shake whatever is wrong with him.  Both times, they gave him an antibiotic and again today, this Vet gave him even more.

The Vet wants to treat for possible pneumonia and increase Nibbles’  Vitamin C intake.  I was under the impression that if you give a guinea pig fresh fruits or vegetables every day, that would count as enough Vitamin C.  Evidently not.  Now, I give him the vitamin for the rest of his life.  He’s gonna loooove that!

That means the other piggies need this dosage of Vitamin C, too.  Yay!  I was told not to put it in their water because it is not sufficient. You have to feed it by syringe.

Anyway, if by the end of seven days of treatment Nibbles is not better, I will need to call them back and they will do an X-Ray on him.  The Vet hesitated doing it today because Nibbles is feisty enough that he would need to be sedated. (And that is the Vet’s words.) With his breathing already compromised, he may not make it through the procedure.

A heart problem is a possibility and I asked the Vet about it and he said he would not rule that out.  He wanted to try a cheaper, easier way of treatment first.  Hopefully, it will stop whatever the problem is and Nibbles can get well.  We’ll see.

W Is For What’s Wrong With Nibbles?

Hey, y’all! I am surviving another day of this challenge and it is almost over. I was going to talk about piggies wheeking when they are fed but I could not get a good video of them doing it.
Instead, I’m spending a little time talking about Nibbles, my favorite out of the bunch. He has something wrong with him and I’m not sure if it is his teeth or a respiratory infection.
He breathes heavy and is not eating much. He gets excited at feeding time but doesn’t eat as much as the other piggies. When I held him, the other day, I noticed that the hair under his chin was sticky, like it had been wet and had since dried. That can be a sign of drooling, I think. If his teeth are overgrown, he could be drooling from that.
He also has a stuffy nose but no coughing or sneezing. Maybe it’s from breathing with his mouth open. Tonight, he looks scared to be handled. It’s like he knows he needs treatment and is afraid. Who knows?
I have read all kinds of terrible stories on the Internet about piggies having tooth problems and dying from complications or from the anesthetic if a procedure has to be done. If his teeth need to be filed they will knock him out for that.
I am taking to a different vet tomorrow than I usually take him to, one that is in Fairfax and specializes in exotic pets-which is what Nibbles is. I just hope it doesn’t cost too much and that it doesn’t end up harming him worse. I only want him to be rid of this once and for all-it’s been going on for months-with 2 trips to the vet already.

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V Is For Vegetables

Welcome to the 25th day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Today, we look at the letter “V” and that stands for vegetables. Guinea pigs have a wide assortment of veggies that they can eat. Layla loves lettuce to the point that she will take it away from Taylor and go to a corner to eat it.
Nibbles loves celery. The other boys love bell peppers and all of the piggies love chard.
We also give the piggies parsley from our garden. I wonder what would happen if we let them loose in our garden? 🙂
Actually, that would be bad because we have chives in there and piggies cannot have chives.
Anyway, join me tomorrow when we dissect the letter “W” and Terry demonstrates how he aggravates the piggies.

U Is For Up The Stairs

Welcome to another day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.    Today’s letter is “U” and I am still alive, barely.  My post today is a little different, in that it is a video of 2  of our guinea pigs-Speckles and Taylor- racing up the stairs.  They can go up an entire flight but for some reason, they stopped at the halfway point.  We had to coax them the rest of the way but decided to edit that part out because it was slow.

So here is the video-or half of the video:

T Is For Theo (The Saboteur)

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It’s another day of the 2012 A to Z Blogging Challenge and today’s letter is “T”. During this challenge, I have been talking about guinea pigs and a lot of times, my own. Today is no different. Theo’s name starts with a “T”, so there you go.
In the above photo, Theo is doing a really good job of giving me a, “please let me out to run around” face. He is very good at that. I deemed him-the saboteur, though. He does a great job of being cute and giving me a small squeak-not even a full squeak so I let him out-then he starts messing with my stuff.
He started wanting me to let him out because he saw that I let Nibbles out to run around. I finally decided to one day, when I needed to clean his cage. I thought, “Why not?”
As soon as he was out, he started chattering his teeth-something piggies do to one another right before a fight-and trotting around the cages-almost like he was announcing, “I’m the man!”
I was shocked; I thought he would be all cute and run around shyly-not at all.
We bought Theo in October, to be a cage mate for Nibbles because guinea pigs are social animals and need to other piggies to be with. This did not work out and Theo ended up in a cage by himself until Herbie was born. He and Nibbles could not get along. They fought, as in drawing blood fought. In fact, if you notice how the hair on the right side of his face sticks out and does not look right, that’s because of one of their fights. It never grew back right.
As far as his saboteuring, one day, I had Theo out while I cleaned his cage. He came up to my roll of paper towels and knocked them over. He let out three short squeaks and ran off. Another time, I had his droppings in the dust pan that I use to clean out the cages. He came over and walked around the dust pan until he had knocked them out onto the floor. He’s a rascal!
Well, I’ve talked too much already, so I need to go. Stay tuned for “U” and more to Theo’s story tomorrow.

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