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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 owners wanting to breed should understand that even experienced breeders have litter losses. The mortality rate is high in cavies. The chance for losing both sow and pups is always present, even with experience. Although this is a site for experts to assist owners, there is no expert in any field who has all the answers. The wisest thing a good expert can know is their limitations. Not having an answer does not diminish one's ability or knowledge. It simply shows that we recognize our limitations and operate within them.

Experience in the area

Raised and shown cavies for many years, having aquired my first cavies in the early 1970's as pets. My caviary currently handles 65 + animals in two different breeds and several varieties. Having been in the health care industry as a licensed nurse for 35 years I have hands on experience with care and needs in both humans and cavies. Member of American Rabbit Breeders Association and American Cavy Breeders Association.

Organizations

Awarded Lifetime Membership in of one of the oldest cavy clubs in the United States, on whose Board I served as Sec/Treas for six years and currently serving as President. Also editor/publisher of the club's quarterly newsletter. We are strong supporters of our youth exhibitors, most of whom are 4H members who are working on cavy projects. Through these projects they become good responsible citizens. We deal with all aspects of showing, breeding, caring for and sharing experiences in the fancy. The cavy fancy is not a new one but in some areas is still relatively unknown. Our goal is to inspire interest in high quality, responsible breeding to improve the species, not just the reproduction of guinea pigs. Our job is to educate owners to help them make the right decisions and choices in the care of their cavies.

Education/Credentials

Graduate in nursing. Certified in emergency medicine.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

It is not my intention nor wish to offer criticism, but to extend the hand of friendship to those reaching out for help, in the hope that I can help make a difference. My responses and replies are sincere and my advice is given from both experience and from the heart. I feel a genuine sense of responsibility to each of my guests who trust in me for the health and welfare of their animals.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The 2009 Disney movie G-Force used guinea pigs from our club located in So.Calif. Mine was the 'leading lady' Juarez whose voice was that of Penelope Cruz. It was a pleasure and a delight to have been part of that production.

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Recent Answers from Pat VanAllen

2017-03-06 Is she ok?:

She may have dislocated her shoulder or hip in the fall. She is obviously in pain. Give her some time and do not try to lift her or move her. If it's just bruising it will get better. If she is still that

2017-02-10 Post partum guinea pig behavior:

I'm glad to hear the babies are doing well. Yes, the Adams Dip says for dogs and cats, but we've been using it for years. It's made from Pyrethrins, which are food based products, and are safe to use on

2017-02-01 Convince My Mom?:

I understand your mother's apprehension about mice. They move fast and don't particularly like being handled. Guinea pigs are an entirely different matter. However, I don't think her issue is that she

2017-01-25 Post partum guinea pig behavior:

Your babies are precious.  Thank you so much for the picture. Now for a little FYI.  Your babies are Abyssinian (their breed) and their colors are as follows:  The two babies on the bottom picture, middle

2017-01-25 Post partum guinea pig behavior:

In all my years of raising cavies and the hundreds of litters I've had I have never been asked this before. There is no evidence that guinea pigs suffer post partum depression. That's a human condition

 

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