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Heat Wave And Fly Strike Warning

Discussion in 'Guinea Pig Chat' started by Wiebke, Jun 30, 2015.

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  1. Wiebke

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    Hot weather and heat stroke information

    Please make sure that your guinea pigs in the UK are safe in- and outdoors over the coming days. Keep in mind that upstairs rooms, lawns, patios and hutches in full sun can be deadly heat traps and that guinea pigs can die from heat strokes. Take care that especially any elderly, very young and frail guinea pigs are well protected.

    See what you can do HERE: https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/hot-weather-management-and-heat-strokes.105317/


    Fly strike warning

    Some flies lay their eggs into the flesh of living animals to provide the developing maggots with nourishment.
    Please keep any hutches and outdoor areas extra clean and check your guinea pigs genitalia twice daily for signs of swelling and white dots or crawling maggots. At a high risk are especially elderly guinea pigs that cannot clean themselves well, long-haired and scatty guinea pigs with soiled bottoms; they need regular bum baths with hand warm water. Check your guinea pigs for small pinkish lumps when you bring them indoors. Any bleeding guinea pigs (URI/bladder problems or open wounds) don't belong outdoors. Use fly paper in guinea pig rooms.

    If you have an affected guinea pig or rabbit, see a vet as an absolute emergency at any hour of the day or night. Animals can be saved in the early stages, after that, the kindest thing you can do is put them out of their misery as quickly as possible. You can't afford to wait several hours or until the next morning - by then it is too late. :(
     
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  2. Galaxy&nibbles

    Galaxy&nibbles Adult Guinea Pig

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    Thank you for this, it's very helpful
     
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    Thank you. I recently got fly papers which are very handy. Are they still able to go out on the grass for a while of so for how long?
     
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    Oh yes, but tat them the same as you would human babies - ideally not in the heat of the day and always out of full sun. First thing in the morning and late afternoon/evening is best.
     
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    Cavy Lover Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Thanks. I also heard that you can but sun cream on pigs ears and feet. Is this true or is that just for skinnies.
     
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    It is not necessary when keeping the guinea pigs out of full sun (and that includes an unprotected hidey on the lawn!) and the worst of the heat during the crucial hours in the middle of the day. You will find that if guinea pigs are given a choice, they will choose shade and the coolest place anytime. ;)

    But if you really, really must, please choose a product that is not perfumed and hypo-allergic. Please apply only very thinly.
     
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    I saw a photo of my friends rabbit who had fly strike, it was awful :( i hate flies even more now.... paranoid about them getting near my piggies...
     
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    Mine are in door piggies and I'm still worrying because it's too hot in here also, even bought two fans today, worried about our dog also, he's 13.
     
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    Oh no I probably won't anyway. I was just curious. I will definately keep them out of the sun and there will be no need for it.
     
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    Its just sooo warm.. shame they cant have a little paddling pool...
     
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    You can give them a shallow dish, but the vast majority of piggies isn't keen with the notable exception of a very few mad hatters. But PLEASE make sure that you do not put an overheated guinea pig into cold water and that you do not force a piggy into water that doesn't like it.

    A cold water bath can cause cardiac arrest the same way that many people die each summer when diving straight from the sun lounge into a cold swimming pool without preparation. :(
     
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    Thanks.. i wouldnt dunk them, i was just thinking thats what i fancy a dip.in a pool . they are nice and cool.inside as i have air con.. not blowing right near them but the room is comfortably cooler than outside..
     
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    I'm going for a cool shower now to get my own brain back into gear...
     
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    Don't lie @artcasper you know your going to dunk them!! (Joke) I know she's bonkers @Wiebke but she's not that bonkers haha :D then again she talks to me so who knows XD
     
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    Ha ha @Kerrie74 .... they would love my huge big bath ..
     
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    hehe XD Is it safe to shower guinea's? That is a proper question too. We have a shower but I wouldn't use it on them if it would stress them out. We usually wash them in a bowl of warm water.
     
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    IMG-20150629-WA0008.jpg please don't leave me in the bath lol...
     
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    LOL! Very cute pic :)
     
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    I put one of those ice blocks wrapped in a cloth in the cage earlier and found Mouse with her paws up on it cooling off :)
     
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    I put one of those ice blocks wrapped in a cloth in the cage earlier and found Mouse with her paws up on it cooling off :)
     
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