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Has anyone used pet remedy before ? My vet reccomended it for Noodle to aid in getting her comfortable with lap time and going in the run. I'm not to sure about it tho :/ but if anyone has used it and it works I will give it a try! Noodle rarely gets handled because she's so scared and gets stressed out. Appreciate any advice even if it's not nice lol x
 

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What is it? A supplement? I would err against using anything like that to be honest. How long have you had Noodle, I can try and help with taming tips as we have had two very skittish piggies in the past.
 

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I've used it before...but on a dog, not a guinea pig. It didn't really help her much either.
 

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Is it alcohol based? Many homeopathic remedies are (the remedy is suspended in alcohol) so it might not be a good idea for a guinea pig.
@sport_billy will give good advice if you can be more specific about the issues you are having with Noodle.
 

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Pet Calming, Cat Calming, Dog Anxiety | Pet Remedy

If it's the same stuff, this is what we used (she was a Labrador, had a major thunderstorm fear). Like I said it didn't help her much but she could be rather stubborn about these things. I know a number of other people who use it with their dogs and they say great things about it so Shadow was a bit of an anomaly there.

I hadn't realised it was recommended outside of cats and dogs though.
 

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Has anyone used pet remedy before ? My vet reccomended it for Noodle to aid in getting her comfortable with lap time and going in the run. I'm not to sure about it tho :/ but if anyone has used it and it works I will give it a try! Noodle rarely gets handled because she's so scared and gets stressed out. Appreciate any advice even if it's not nice lol x
To be honest, we haven't heard of it being used on guinea pigs.

You can find lots of tips on settling down and making friends with guinea pigs in their body language (you can call it piggy whispering if you like) via this guide collection here. There is a whole section dedicated to new piggy arrivals.
New Owners' " How To" Starter Kit
 

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I use Pet Remedy for my piggies & cat :) It's pretty handy every now and then, particularly when one of my teenage pigs has a particularly bad season and is relentlessly humping everyone in the cage and not even being able to sleep!

*Never spray it on your piggy*, always make sure to spray it somewhere they won't touch (I spray it on a small piece of fleece, leave it to dry for a little bit and then place it on top of the cage for added hiding comfort).

It can be handy for settling a particularly nervous piggy, for example spraying it on a cushion next to you and handling your piggy while sitting next to it. I've found it also calms me down too.

It's a fairly strong herbal smell just to warn you :))
 

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I used a plug in thing that calmed my dogs down, whether it would calm a piggy down safely I don't know.
You get it from a vets.
 

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Yea I wouldn't recommend a plug in diffuser for them, the individual spray you can pick and choose when you use it and do so occasionally.

I would be worried about respiratory repercussions from a constant diffuser.
 

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Thing is piggies are prey animals they are unlike dogs and cats who you do get nervous ones. Pigs by nature are scared of predators they had to be as a small cavy trying to survive int he wild. Prey instinct is really strong and the only way to help them overcome it is by building up trust not by some chemical or substance

How old is Noodle and how long have you had her?

It pays to start off by offering food to your piggy while she is in her house and hopefully after time they will take it off you, then once that is successful start by offering it further out so she reaches to take it, she'll probably snatch it then run back in but that is progress, build this up so you are offering it further and further away. Don't make sudden movements as this will spook them.
We are currently at the bar feeding stage with Chickpea 4 weeks into having her. She will still run off with the food once she has carefully come near the bars to get it. Remember - food is the best way to bribe.

Use food when you get round to lap times also. Start lap time for a short amount of time at first and build up. We started off we laptimes for 1 minute with new piggies then pop them back, slowly increasing the time. They will soon associate you with food and good things but at first it takes a while to gain their trust. When collecting piggies use a conveyance to pick them up this takes the stress out for you and them
 

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I got noodle in December last year, she is around 6 months. She has literally just started to put weight on now she is in with MoMo. When she was on her own I felt like she was very loving towards me she had started to make progress and was licking my fingers and coming up to me and almost giving me kisses lol. She has always been skittish that's why I adopted MoMo to bring her out of her shell. It has done that but not with myself it seems to have just back tracked all our progress and she can't stand to be near any of us unless I am just sitting quietly next to the cage. (I do this everyday) but picking her up to go in the run and catching her when she is out is really a nightmare and she gets very scared and shakes :( she's lovely too! She hates being stroked but then again that's probably my fault as I got her from a baby and have hardly really handled her :(
 

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She hates being stroked but then again that's probably my fault as I got her from a baby and have hardly really handled her :(
That's not your fault at all, it is never too late. Try the techniques listed above. Some piggies do not like to be handled but you can interact with them in the cage, but with time and patience I think you'll make advances. Maybe get her out with her cage mate with someone else having your other piggy on their lap sitting next to each other so you have a pig each and the pigs are by each other.
 

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That's not your fault at all, it is never too late. Try the techniques listed above. Some piggies do not like to be handled but you can interact with them in the cage, but with time and patience I think you'll make advances. Maybe get her out with her cage mate with someone else having your other piggy on their lap sitting next to each other so you have a pig each and the pigs are by each other.
How do you get under the piggies chin? Without freaking them out lol even my cuddly pig won't let me tickle/stroke anywhere except the top of her head x
 

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How do you get under the piggies chin? Without freaking them out lol even my cuddly pig won't let me tickle/stroke anywhere except the top of her head x
Some piggies like chin rubs some don't

Sasspy used to lift her head up for chin rub but I couldn't fuss her anywhere else.

Widget is strictly head rub only she doesn't like chin rubs. Each piggy is different so just go with what your piggy likes
 

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It sounds like the plug in thingies. I have to admit to trying one with my current two pigs when they fell out big time. I was recommended it by a few people.

I was a bit wary and made sure to plug it in far away from their cage in the hallway.

I can't really comment on it working as they did calm down for a bit and then fought again when it ran out. But, we all know what young boars are like (!) and I put it down to coincidence.

I don't think I'd recommend it as they're flipping expensive.

I do know for one thing that they don't have a lasting effect as Podrick is now 3 and still spend 75% of his day rumbling at Jon Snow (1% sleeping and 24% flipping his cardboard box house over).
 

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It sounds like the plug in thingies. I have to admit to trying one with my current two pigs when they fell out big time. I was recommended it by a few people.

I was a bit wary and made sure to plug it in far away from their cage in the hallway.

I can't really comment on it working as they did calm down for a bit and then fought again when it ran out. But, we all know what young boars are like (!) and I put it down to coincidence.

I don't think I'd recommend it as they're flipping expensive.

I do know for one thing that they don't have a lasting effect as Podrick is now 3 and still spend 75% of his day rumbling at Jon Snow (1% sleeping and 24% flipping his cardboard box house over).
It is literally just to be used so she gets used to lap time , do you think it will work for that?x
 

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It sounds like the plug in thingies. I have to admit to trying one with my current two pigs when they fell out big time. I was recommended it by a few people.

I was a bit wary and made sure to plug it in far away from their cage in the hallway.

I can't really comment on it working as they did calm down for a bit and then fought again when it ran out. But, we all know what young boars are like (!) and I put it down to coincidence.

I don't think I'd recommend it as they're flipping expensive.

I do know for one thing that they don't have a lasting effect as Podrick is now 3 and still spend 75% of his day rumbling at Jon Snow (1% sleeping and 24% flipping his cardboard box house over).
Also diffuser and 40ml bottle is 12.99 on eBay
 

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Also diffuser and 40ml bottle is 12.99 on eBay
That's way cheaper than the stuff I got, that's a good deal.

I think I would personally try the stuff that's mentioned above first, then try it as a last resort.

My nearly 4 year old is still a fuss pot when it's lap time. It's more like fight to get off your lap time. He prefers doot dooting around the floor instead of cuddles,which is fair enough as he makes me laugh watching him explore.
 
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