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Settling in and interacting with your guinea pigs
What to check and look out for in new guinea pigs (vet checks, sexing, parasites&illness)

Arrival in a home from the perspective of pet shop guinea pigs
How Do I Settle Shy New Guinea Pigs?
Understanding Prey Animal Instincts, Guinea Pig Whispering And Cuddling Tips
How To Pick Up And Weigh Your Guinea Pig

Who is the boss - Your guinea pig or you?
" Biting" And What You Can Do

Family guinea pigs
Children And Guinea Pigs - A Guide For Parents
Children And Guinea Pigs - Age Appropriate Interaction And Responsibilities.
Guinea Pig Names: considerations, solutions, inspiration and resources

Diet
Long Term Balanced General And Special Needs Guinea Pig Diets
A Comprehensive Hay Guide for Guinea Pigs (incl. providers in several countries)
Edible And Forbidden Veg And Fruit List With Vitamin C Grading
All About Drinking And Bottles
Feeding Grass And Preparing Your Piggies For Lawn Time

Housing
Getting Guinea Pigs? Items You'll Need To Buy?

Cage Size Guide
All About C & C Grid Cages Around The World
Sourcing Conventional Cages And Hutches

Bedding For Guinea Pigs - Overview
A Detailed Guide For Fleece Bedding

Extreme weather care
Hot Weather Management and Heat Strokes
Cold Weather Care For Guinea Pigs

Safe enrichment and dangerous toys
Enrichment Ideas for Guinea Pigs
Potentially Dangerous Cage Accessories And Toys

Health monitoring and regular care
Sexing Guide
Guinea pig body quirks - What is normal and what not?
Weight - Monitoring and Management

Boar Care: Bits, Bums & Baths
Guide to Cutting Guinea Pig Nails

Behaviour and social needs
Guinea Pig Facts - An Overview
Companionship
Single Guinea Pigs - Challenges and Responsibilities
Guinea Pigs And Rabbits - Why Not

Bonding and Interaction: Illustrated social behaviours and bonding dynamics
'Popcorning' and 'zooming' - joy and exuberance (videos)
Sows: Behaviour and female health problems (including ovarian cysts)
A Comprehensive Guide to Guinea Pig Boars

Adding More Guinea Pigs Or Merging Pairs – What Works And What Not?
Bonds In Trouble

Preparing for illness and when to see a vet
Early Signs Of Illness
First Aid Kit: Easily available non-medication support products for an emergency
Syringe Training Before The Need For Medicating

How Soon Should My Guinea Pig See A Vet? - A Quick Guide
List Of Life And Death Out-of-hours Emergencies
Emergency and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment
Not Eating And The Importance Of Syringe Feeding

Insurance & vet fees and recommended vets
veterinary fees - some important information
Recommended UK vets: Guinea Pig Vet Locator
Recommended vets in the US and some other countries: Guinea Lynx :: GL's Vet List

Recommended guinea pig rescues
These good standard rescues are by far the safest place for getting guinea pigs that do not come with nasty surprises.
Please note that in English speaking countries anybody can call themselves a rescue or a breeder without licence or control. We can only vouch for the listed and carefully vetted rescues.
Recommended UK rescues: Guinea Pig Rescue Centre Locator
Recommended rescues in the US and some other countries: Guinea Lynx :: Rescue Organizations

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