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Pat VanAllen

As is sometimes the case, people in urgent need of information have a higher degree of expectation than those of us as experts are able to give. The experts on this site do their best to give the most accurate and responsible answers possible. We ask that you remember that it is not our intention nor place to criticize the professional advice given by your veterinarian, nor is it appropriate for us to comment on the correctness of a diagnosis made by a licensed physician. Our knowledge is experience based. Although many years of breeding and showing cavies gives me a wealth of experience it cannot change the fact that we as experts are not veterinarians and therefore may occasionally have to reject questions that appear to be asking us to criticize advice given by the licensed professional. Having raised and exhibited cavies for many years I have extensive experience in cavy care and husbandry. I currently have an active breeding program for pedigreed show animals but do not encourage backyard breeding for inexperienced owners. Although I don't encourage breeding for fun I'm always happy to answer any questions from an owner who is in sincere need of help. Pet .....

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2017-01-05 Adam's Dip:

It's a good idea to wear gloves, especially if you have any cuts or broken skin on your hands. The Adams Dip is the safest thing I have found because it is made from Pyrethrins, which is a food product

2016-12-29 Guinea pigs:

If your pig has lice you would not be able to see them. They are almost clear in color and typically stay around the back of the pig where they cannot reach to chew them off.  If you are able, could you

2016-12-27 Our Skinny pig losing weight and not drinking:

This is a confusing situation. Frankly I've never heard of a guinea pig having arthritis.  That's not to say they don't, I've just never heard of it.     Skinny pigs have issues that other pigs may not

2016-11-29 small rough reoccuring bump on guinea pig's back:

What you are seeing is a sebaceous cyst. The white, thick stuff is made of oils and its purpose is to lubricate the skin. Sometimes the gland plugs up and the sebaceous material cannot be excreted out

2016-11-23 Eye infection:

I'm assuming you're talking about the black boar with the eye infection?  That was a few years back, but not the only eye infection I've dealt with. If possible, please send a picture of her eye so I can

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