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kayleighscott

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Hey!
So 2 days ago I got 2 skinny pigs and I’m struggling a bit with them and struggling to find information online about them...
When they came here their poo was softer than it should be but I’ve minimised watery veg and it seems to have helped... however, they are both still getting themselves covered in their poop!
I know you’re not meant to bathe them often but I’ve have to bathe them everyday just to get the poo off them as wipes were not getting it off and it was all dried up in between their toes, on their belly, round their bum, all over! And I don’t just mean a little, it’s a lot...
I’m just not sure what to do and what to do what’s best for them :(
 

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Hey!
So 2 days ago I got 2 skinny pigs and I’m struggling a bit with them and struggling to find information online about them...
When they came here their poo was softer than it should be but I’ve minimised watery veg and it seems to have helped... however, they are both still getting themselves covered in their poop!
I know you’re not meant to bathe them often but I’ve have to bathe them everyday just to get the poo off them as wipes were not getting it off and it was all dried up in between their toes, on their belly, round their bum, all over! And I don’t just mean a little, it’s a lot...
I’m just not sure what to do and what to do what’s best for them :(

Hi!

Please take them off any veg until 48 hours after the poo have normalised amd keep pellets to 1-2 tablespoons per piggy per day ( 1 tablespoon over 4 months for life). Then introduce it very slowly and gradually, starting with a little fresh herbs and adding a small amount of other veg with every passing meal. You can add some probiotic powder in order to help the gut.
It is most likely that your new arrivals have never had veg in their diet and their gut cannot cope. Give their gut time to realign and gradually build up a gut microbiome that can cope with a mix of veg.
Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating
Probiotics, Recovery Foods And Vitamin C: Overview With Product Links

Keep in mind that the mainstay of the diet is unlimited hay and fresh grass for long term dental and gut health and a longer life span. Grass is rich in vitamin C and the reason why piggies never had the need to make any; so your piggies are not losing out by not eating veg and only limited pellets, which contain a lot less fibre and a lot more fillers than you think!
Here is our comprehensive diet guide, which is looking at all food groups in a detailed and practical way. You will have to scale up amounts a bit because of the skinnies' faster metabolism.
A Comprehensive Hay Guide for Guinea Pigs (incl. providers in several countries)

Our skinny information is a bit out of date; we are currently working on a new guide. You better read the old guide from the end:
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/caring-for-skinny-guinea-pigs.38166/
https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/skinny-pigs-and-clothes.122798/

Here is the link to our new owners guide collection, which you may want to bookmark and use as a very helpful resource:
Getting Started - New Owners' Most Helpful Guides
 
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