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Signs Of Obesity?

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Hi all,
Currently I feed my two male boars unlimited pellets and quite a lot of veg. They both way over 1000g/1kg. They run around a lot when I give them floor time.

I'm wondering what the signs of obesity are.

(They are a year old).

Thanks in advance :hmm::)
 

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Hi all,
Currently I feed my two male boars unlimited pellets and quite a lot of veg. They both way over 1000g/1kg. They run around a lot when I give them floor time.

I'm wondering what the signs of obesity are.

(They are a year old).

Thanks in advance :hmm::)
Please start limiting the pellet intake gradually to the 10-20g that adult guinea pigs need. Don't do it in one go, or you will have a riot on your hands.
Also limit the veg to ca. 50g per piggy per day. The majority of the food intake (up to 80%) should be unlimited hay for good long term gut/general and dental health; it is what they are laid out for. Overdoing it means shortening their lifespan and inviting avoidable health problems to develop in the long term; you are not doing your piggies any favour. By overfeeding, you also promote yellow fat building up around their vital organs, which, as every vet will tell you, will make any operation more difficult and carries a higher risk of an operation going wrong/more difficult recovery as the time spent under GA is longer.

You may find these two guides here helpful:
The Importance Of Weighing - Ideal Weight / Overweight / Underweight
Recommendations For A Balanced General Guinea Pig Diet
 
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Please start limiting the pellet gradually to the 10-20g that adult guinea pigs need. Don't do it in one go, or you will have a riot on your hands. Also limit the veg to ca. 50g per piggy per day. The majority of the food intake (up to 80%) should be unlimited hay for good long term gut/general and dental health; it is what they are laid out for. Overdoing it means shortening their lifespan and inviting avoidable health problems to develop in the long term; you are not doing your piggies any favour. By overfeeding, you also promote yellow fat building up around their vital organs, which, as every vet will tell you, will make any operation more difficult and carries a higher risk of an operation going wrong/more difficult recovery as the time spent under GA is longer.

You may find these two guides here helpful:
The Importance Of Weighing - Ideal Weight / Overweight / Underweight
Recommendations For A Balanced General Guinea Pig Diet
Thank you! Learnt a lot! Luckily they don't get many treats and are in that weight range! They are active and I don't think I'm far off with the amount of pellets, though I will start weighing! Thank you very much!
 
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