Settling In And Making Friends With Guinea Pigs - A Guide


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Nov 10, 2009
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Checking any new arrivals
Sexing link: Sexing Guinea Pigs: How to Sex a Guinea Pig
(or join the forum and post a preferably clear and day lit picture in our sexing and pregnancy section!)

Please also have any new arrivals vet checked. If there are health problems during this period after a shop sale, you can reclaim any vet cost from the shop as exposure and infection must have happened at the shop.
Details and a list of the most common health issues in new guinea pigs via this link here:
What to check and look out for in new guinea pigs (vet checks, sexing, parasites&illness)

If you find that you have bought a mis-sexed pair, have surprise babies or have bought an already pregnant sow, please register with the forum and start an ongoing support thread in our pregnancy and baby section, which is only visible to members that have accepted our explicit no intentional breeding rules during the sign up process.
Here is the link to our comprehensive information, which has been specially written and compiled for members without any previous experience: Pregnancy & Baby Care Guide's

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Single Guinea Pigs - Challenges and Responsibilities
Guinea Pig Facts - An Overview

Potential problem areas in your interaction with your guinea pigs
Who is the boss - Your guinea pig or you?
" Biting" And What You Can Do
Looking After A Bereaved Guinea Pig