For the Good of All Pigs
WEIGH YOUR PIGS WEEKLY
Guinea pigs are masters at hiding illness. Sometimes the first sign of something wrong is weight loss. By the time other symptoms show up, it is often either too late or it's a hard road bringing them back to health.
The easiest way to keep tabs on your pigs health is to weigh them weekly. Keep a chart handy at their cage to easily see trends.
Use a kitchen scale or postal scale. Weighing in grams is the best way to monitor fluctuations and this is how your vet will calculate medicines.
On average males weigh 900-1200 grams, and females weigh 700-900 grams.
Good rule of thumb:
30 gram fluctuation is OK
60 grams–go on alert, begin weighing daily, watch for difficulty
in eating, changes in behavior
90 grams –extreme red alert
120 grams – bring your pig to the vet!
TIP OF THE WEEK
To see all available guinea pigs visit our Petfinder page
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Work with members in your community and make a difference
At this time we are not accepting private surrenders. Please find other avenues to rehome your family members, if that is the last resort. Here are sites where you can list your pigs: Guinea Pig Zone and Guinea Lynx. Please charge a substantial adoption fee to weed out those not serious and research questions asked by rescues. Come up with your own list to make sure your pets are getting the best possible home you can find for them.
Would your class or organization like to have an educational session on guinea pigs? Contact us!
We can discuss proper cages, diet, answer questions about guinea pigs and explain the importance of adopting. *Depending on availability, we can also bring a pig or two for hands-on experience.
*Only if we have pigs with a calm demeanor who won’t become stressed at an event of this nature.
Since 2008 Atlanta Metro Guinea Pig Rescue has helped find homes for over 400 guinea pigs. We have provided sanctuary to those too old or ill to be adopted out.
Without the help of foster homes and generous donations, we would not be able to continue our work. Find out how you can assist us with our education, rescue, and rehabilitation efforts.
The best way to help us is to get the word out...adoption over shopping.
Our pigs have been to the vet, correct gender determined, socialized, and paired up if appropriate.
We provide an adoption packet with helpful and accurate information needed to get you started and we are there for you when you have questions or concerns with your new family members.
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