Health and Care Information

Downloadable information sheets about piggy care!
​(soon to be updated)

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Parasites and their treatment
Guinea Pigs are prone to various skin and internal parasites. This guide will help you to identify some of these parasites and also help you to treat them.
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Fungal, Ringworm and treatments
Guinea Pigs are prone to various skin and internal parasites. This guide will help you to identify some of these parasites and also help you to treat them.
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Fruit and Veg
As guinea pigs do not synthesise Vitamin C (just like humans), they need to eat a diet rich in Vitamin C to avoid developing scurvy. Dark leafy greens and capsicum are good staples - here is a list of a selection of other goodies they will also enjoy.
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Suitable Cages
Photo Credit: Guinea Pig Cages
As rescue shelters, we are obliged to ensure our rescue animals are given the best chance at a fabulous new life. This includes having the right cages that will suit their needs to ensure a long and healthy life.​​​
WE RECOMMEND INDOOR HOMES, SOLID FLOORS, STURDY ENCLOSURES and ABSORBENT, SOFT BEDDING
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Daily dietary requirments
Beside their daily vegies, guinea pigs must have a tablespoon of GOOD quality pellet food and endless QUALITY grassy hay. Hay must make up 80-85% of their daily diet, pellets are only 5%. Vegies make up the balance.  Here is a list of good quality pellet foods recommended by the shelter, as well as a small selection of products NOT to buy as these products are very unhealthy.

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General Care
Guinea pigs require a lot of specialised care - they are not the "easy childrens pets" they are reported to be. This basic guide to caring for your guinea pig may help you to help your new family members to have a long and healthy life.