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Tip of the Week: Petting your Guinea Pig

Guinea pig’s also known as Cavies are one of the gentlest, loving, clean and adorable pets you can care for. They love to be stroked and handled, making them perfect for children and grown ups looking for a rewarding, affectionate pet.

Here’s how you can take proper care of your guinea pig in a safe, enjoyable way:

Hold Them Safely

A great thing about guinea pigs is that they are much happier to be petted than other small animals such as hamsters. Having said that, sometimes they will try to jump out of your arms, and this can resulted to you accidentally dropping them. And yes, this could potentially be harmful to your guinea pig’s delicate body.

In order to reduce this danger of dropping them, you should hold your guinea pig close to a soft surface, for example your lap, soft bedding, or a table or surface with a towel on it. That way if they do fall, they won’t get injure.

Help Young Children Handle Them Safely

petting guinea pigGuinea Pig make fantastic pets for children because they are are not too difficult to look after, and they really enjoy being petted and stroked. On the other hand, because of their size, young children can have trouble handling them.

It is often best if you hold the pet for them, and allow them to stroke it. In this way, you can allow the kids to spend quality time with the guinea pig until they are old enough to hold them on their own.

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Tip of the Week: Health & Grooming for Rabbit

It is very important that you handle your rabbit / bunny often. In this way you will form a bond with them and know when something is wrong. Grooming your rabbit gives you an opportunity to do this.

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Grooming for Rabbit

Rabbits are very clean animals and spend a lot of time grooming themselves. Unless you have a long haired breed like an Angora or Lionhead which must be groomed twice weekly, your rabbit will require little grooming.

Here’s a few daily care

  • Brush the coat to remove any matting or loose dirt.
  • Check length of nails and clip if necessary.
  • Check ears for mites, fleas and any redness which could be a sign of infection
  • Check eyes for any discharges by lifting their eyelids and assess if their lids are pink in color. Bring them to the vet once you notice any swelling, redness and discoloration in their eyes.
  • Check for nasal discharge.
    - Rabbits should not have discharge from their noses. Consult the vet if yours does as they may have respiratory infection.
  • Check the teeth regularly.
    - Rabbit needs healthy teeth to chew properly. With healthy teeth the upper incisors should just reach over the lower incisors.

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Tip of the Week: Vitamin C for Guinea Pig – How much is enough?

guinea pig food A balance diet of water, grass hay and pellets, as well as vegetables and fruits are needed to provide a good source of nutrients, vitamins and to keep your guinea pig in pink of health. But how do we know that the vitamin C provided is adequate?

Generally, Guinea pigs need 10 to 30 mg/kg or more of Vitamin C daily, usually obtainable from their diet.

Guinea pig are pretty active and they can move around a lot. If you notice any change in your guinea pig, such as barely moving when you go to pick it up or not doing anything but lying down all day then be sure to increase Vitamin C intake for a week to see if condition improves as this can be a sign of scurvy.

Some symptoms of signs of deficiency

  • Not eating, loss of weight
  • Weakness, unwillingness to move
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore or stiff limb joints, which resulted in hopping instead of walking
  • Rough coat, bleeding bums
  • Poor bone development

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Tip of the Week – How To Quickly Stop Your Dog’s Anxiety With These Natural Remedies

Dog noise anxiety, or fear of loud noises, such as fear of thunderstorms or fireworks, is very common. Pets have especially sensitive hearing. Veterinarians have estimated that your dog can hear 10 times better than you can. The loud crack of thunder is terrifying to many dogs. In some cases, the loud noise has been associated with an unpleasant experience.

Most of us are aware of the signs and symptoms of a dog with noise anxiety. Your pet changes her personality in response to noise, especially thunderstorms. She may cry and whine, OR just tremble, pant excessively, or constantly whine or bark.

  • When your pet begins to act nervous, distract her with a favorite squeaky toy or tasty treat. You are teaching your pet to associate noise with a positive experience. When your pet acts less nervous, then give her lots of praise, then next storm could become far more pleasant.

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Tip of the Week – How to Keep Your Aquarium Clean – Part III

Earlier on, we have shared about how the tips on keeping your aquarium clean by Changing the Water Regularly and Cleaning the Gravel in our “Tips of the Week” section!

In our last part, we will be touching on Cleaning the Filters and Algae Control.

Clean the Filters

Fish AquariumThere are various types of filter available, so the best advice here is follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning. Deciding on how often to clean them varies depending on the size of the filters and the amount of water in the tank. Suffice to say that the same principle applies as for the water and gravel. The filters, whether they’re sponge or a synthetic material, are a home for the healthy bacteria. The aim is to rinse them enough to wash out the old food and waste that will have been trapped there, but not do such a thorough job that they’re “clinically” clean.

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Tip of the Week – How to Keep Your Aquarium Clean – Part II

Fish AquariumEarlier on, we shared on how to go about setting up an aquarium.

And today, we will be sharing on how to go about cleaning the gravel for your aquarium in our weekly “Tips of the Week”.


Clean the Gravel

It’s the tip at the bottom of the garden as far as the fish are concerned, and everything unpleasant ends up down there. It’s the repository for all the uneaten food and poo, and if left to build up, can become toxic. Filters will remove a large proportion of the particles that are in the tank, but larger pieces will become lodged in the gravel.

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