U is for:

Upper Respiratory Infection (URI):

V is for:

Vet: Find a good, guinea pig competent vet before you need one, or at least one that is willing to hear your ideas. Do not march into the surgery armed with printouts from the internet on your first visit, respect should be a two way thing. However, if a surgery is not prepared to answer any questions you have then it is probably worth looking elsewhere or maybe approaching an individual vet at that surgery.

Vetark Professional: www.vetark.co.uk Scientifically designed products, developed by an RCVS recognised Specialist veterinarian.

Vicryl: Vicryl as opposed to Catgut should be used for stitching guinea pigs. The extra cost is minimal- just a few pence more!

W is for:

Water: Alongside hay water is an important part in a guinea pigs diet. Water should be provided in a bottle or bowl (if it can be kept clean 24/7) or even both.

White Self: A solid coloured guinea pig, commonly pink eyed, also in dark eyes.

Wood shavings: Should not be used as bedding for guinea pigs because they carry their noses and bodies close to the ground. Continued use of woodshavings is likely to cause the guinea pig to become sensitised to them, can cause an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, increases the likelyhood of the guinea pig developing skin problems and has been said to cause liver problems. There are plenty of alternative beddings around that are safer to use.

X is for:

Xeno 450: A Topical treatment for endo and ectoparasites. More information here.

Xenex Ultra: A topical mite treatment. Find details here.

Y is for:

Yellow Pages: A good place to start looking for your local farm shops and RSPCA local branch.

Z is for:

Zol Cal D: A Calcium supplement with clear instructions and dosages on how much to give a guinea pig. Available from SPH Supplies.

December 29, 2008   Posted in: Wheekerpedia

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