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New baby boar urine issues

weepweeps

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Hello I have a new baby boar (8 weeks) who is a companion to another older boar (approx 30 weeks) whos cage mate passed away recently (not sure of what). Neither piggies drink but they do have lots of fresh veggies twice each day. I’m worried about the younger boars urine colour. It’s milky when produced but dries to a very dark brown colour. The older boars urine doesn’t do this. Should I be worried? They both seem very happy together and eat, wee and poop a lot. Many thanks for any responses.
 

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Hello I have a new baby boar (8 weeks) who is a companion to another older boar (approx 30 weeks) whos cage mate passed away recently (not sure of what). Neither piggies drink but they do have lots of fresh veggies twice each day. I’m worried about the younger boars urine colour. It’s milky when produced but dries to a very dark brown colour. The older boars urine doesn’t do this. Should I be worried? They both seem very happy together and eat, wee and poop a lot. Many thanks for any responses.
When urine oxidises, it turns the dark brown colour.
In terms of water, have u tried offering a bottle of water and a bowl perhaps in the cage?
 

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Wow. Thank you for such a quick response. That has put my mind at rest. I’m a bit more stressed with the new piggy as we lost one recently and didn’t know why. They have two bottles and a bowl of water. They are just not interested. The newspaper and wood shavings are always wet so I’m trusting they are drinking enough
 

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They get rid of extra/unneeded calcium through their wee. As long as it’s not grainy you’re fine. Make sure to filter their water, and also keep pellets limited to one tablespoon a day for each piggy. Water and pellets are the biggest contributors to calcium in their diet. Also beware of regularly feeding (more than once a week) veg too high in calcium - kale, spinach.

They will drink as much as they need. Remember there is water in veg as well. Have a read of the feeding guide I’ve linked below.
Long Term Balanced General And Special Needs Guinea Pig Diets
 

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Thank you. I will have a look and the feeding guides but they do have spinach and kale a lot. Will definitely cut down on those.
 
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