BEFORE VISITING THE CENTRE PLEASE READ THROUGH ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW SO THAT YOU CAN BE READY FOR YOUR NEW ADDITION TO YOUR FAMILY AND SO THAT WE ONLY KEEP YOU HERE FOR A MINIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME – THANK YOU
If you do not have a carrier to transport them home in you can purchase one from us
SETTLING YOUR GUINEA PIGS INTO YOUR NEW HOME
Please ensure that your guinea pigs remain in their new home for two weeks before allowing them to move from one accommodation to another ie: a separate run. This is to ensure that they remain fully bonded whilst settling in.
If you have adopted a newly bonded pair of guinea pigs then please see the attached information sheet.
FEEDING YOUR GUINEA PIGS
- Majority of diet should be made up of high quality hay and grass.
- Small amount of good quality dried complete guinea pig food (nuggets not muesli).
- Small amounts of a variety of fresh vegetables daily. Good examples include: green or red pepper, broccoli, Kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, celery and tomatoes. Fruit only to be given as a treat on the odd occasion. Fresh foods to avoid include iceberg lettuce, onions, potatoes and avocado. Many other vegetables can be given but always check before feeding.
- Fresh, clean water should always be available.
CARING FOR YOUR GUINEA PIGS WELFARE – COMMON ISSUES
Always perform regular weekly health checks on your guinea pigs.
What to look out for:
- Wash gently with warm water and dry. Check daily to ensure no fly infestation in the area.
- May include sneezing and discharge from nose or eyes. Keep eyes and nose clean with cotton wool in cooled, boiled water and dry. If the symptoms persist, or the guinea pig is off its food, visit the vet.
- If bare patches appear on skin take to a vet for immediate
- If ears are dirty, clean with cotton wool in olive oil. If the condition persists, visit the vet. If there are any signs of mites visit the vet.
- Teeth never stop growing so always check regularly. Any signs of deformities take to vet for clipping.
- Common in older males as there muscle have weekend they may no longer be able to expel their faeces. Will need to cleaned daily, seek veterinary advice.
- Check regularly as will need frequent trimming, do not do this if you are not confident, seek veterinary advice.
- This could be fighting talk especially between males, we use Vicks vapour rub on their nose and scent gland, positioned at the rear, for a few days until the settle again.
- Claws should be checked regularly. If you notice that your guinea pigs claws are too long then they may need clipping this is something that you can do at home yourself using appropriate clippers or you can ask your local vets to do this for you.
- If you cannot keep your adopted pet, it MUST be returned to the CRRC
- This is for the duration of their lifetime
- If you fail to keep the terms of the agreement you have signed the CRRC WILL reclaim the pet without question.