CARE OF GUINEA PIGS
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Capturing guinea pigs
To properly pick up a guinea pig, use both hands. When lifting you slide a hand well under the front legs, so that you also support the abdomen. You support the abdomen with the other hand. If you support the body well, the guinea pig will not frolic or fall. Try to approach a guinea pig as little as possible from above. A guinea pig is a prey and will experience this as very threatening.

Disease control
Guinea pigs do not easily fall ill or, like other animals, can hide well. That is why it is important to pay attention to the first signs of illness: snot, lots of sneezing, drooling, diarrhea, dull and raised fur, listless and silent in a corner, eating less or no more, suddenly losing a lot of weight .... If if you don't know what's wrong, don't wait too long to go to an experienced breeder or veterinarian who can help you further.

Also regularly check the guinea pig's fur for pests, wounds and / or bald spots. A guinea pig can sometimes suffer from lice that cause itching, so that the animals scratch themselves until they have wounds. Timely treatment prevents this. With flaky bald spots (possibly with crusts and wounds) you should go to the vet as soon as possible, if you have no experience with it. This can indicate scab or fungus, which can be contagious.

The weight of guinea pigs varies from 900 to 1300 grams for an adult sow and 1000 to 1400 grams for an adult bear. These weights can fluctuate (certainly with sows with different periods in the gestation period) and also vary with the breed. A guinea pig may not be too fat (fat rolls can then be felt under the armpits), but not too thin either. A weight loss of 20 grams is not a cause for concern, but if this persists for a few weeks, then there is more to it.

Nail care
Guinea pigs that cannot walk on hard surfaces cannot wear the nails naturally. It is therefore important to regularly check the nail length and cut if necessary, since too long nails can become painful. An easy way not to cut too far is to cut off the sharp end of the nails every month. You can also ask a breeder in the area to give it a try.

Coat care
Most guinea pigs need little or no fur care. For breeds such as Rex and US Teddy it can be interesting to regularly comb the fur against the direction of the hair. Because of their special hair structure, the fur of these varieties is denser and this way of combing prevents flakiness. Long-haired breeds naturally require coat care. With curl varieties (Tessel, Merino, Alpaca) it is sufficient to 'comb' through it with your fingers on a daily basis and to remove the hay blades and bits of sawdust so that you do not get tangled up. With the Sheltie, Coronet and Peruvian that are not really cut short, a regular brushing will certainly not be a superfluous luxury. And if you want to show long-haired animals, you will have to master the wrapping.