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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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2016-10-21 Unknown sex, displaying signs of pregnancy:

If you have two boys and a girl there is no doubt the sow is already pregnant. Cavies are very precocious and develop into sexual maturity very young.  A baby sow can get pregnant as young as 2 1/2 weeks

2016-10-16 Guinea pig:

First let's address the 'jumping and flipping.'  This is a behavior that is common in younger pigs but is sometimes seen in older pigs as well.  It is called popcorning, and it's a sign of pure glee and

2016-09-23 Guinea pig eye:

That's a choice you have to make. For many cavy owners the cost of veterinary care is high for a guinea pig. That doesn't mean you should NOT.  It's simply a choice you must make.    If you are not comfortable

2016-09-23 Guinea pig eye:

The cloudy pupil and surrounding redness is a sign of an injury. He may have poked himself with a piece of hay if he has hay available, or a piece of shavings or bedding. Eye injuries, although not terribly

2016-08-22 Guniea pig overgrown molar problem:

I'm sorry to hear you've had such a hard time with your pig's teeth.  To answer your last question about pulling grass out with their mouth, this is not at all uncommon.    You've obviously spent a great

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