What to Feed a Guinea Pig?

What to Feed a Guinea Pig?

The guinea pig is a small herbivore that needs a proper diet , otherwise he falls ill quickly .

Unfortunately, many beginners in guinea pigs go on the wrong bases of the erroneous information conveyed by some sellers in the pet shop or think that it is enough to give a bowl of pellets to a guinea pig to keep it in good health.

In this chapter you will find the concepts you need to know in order to offer your little companion a diet that is as close as possible to that available to him in the wild.

Know the diet of your guinea pig

It can not be repeated enough: the guinea pig is a strict herbivore! This is an essential point to know to offer him a proper diet and keep him in good health.

Offer food constantly

Offer food constantly

In nature, guinea pigs do not have rich and varied food : to meet their nutritional needs, they must nibble constantly. It is a feeding method that must be reproduced for captive subjects, not only so that the guinea pig is never hungry, but also for its digestive system to work properly. For the best guinea pig food this is important.

It should be known that the permanent consumption of foods rich in cellulose ensures the continuity of peristaltic movements (gastrointestinal motility), that is to say intestinal movements.

The gastrointestinal musculature of the guinea pig is poorly developed : if its belly is empty, the peristaltic movements slow down or even stop, causing what is called a digestive stasis. As the digestive system no longer works, the guinea pig stops feeding.

That’s why your guinea pig should always have something to eat and this is where the hay distribution at will comes into play.

Offer varied fruits and vegetables

Offer varied fruits and vegetables

It has been scientifically proven that the guinea pig develops preferences for certain foods from the age of 2 days.

Also, you must offer your companion a wide range of fruits and vegetables from its first days of life, to prevent it is fixed on a single type of food. For example, if you give him only cucumber when he is young, your guinea pig will have difficulty accepting other vegetables and may suffer from deficiencies in certain vitamins or minerals.

Never change power suddenly

If you have to offer a variety of vegetables to your guinea pig, you should never give it a sudden change of diet. Each new food must be introduced very gradually.

Why?

Because, as explained in the previous paragraph, the guinea pig develops preferences quickly . And not only in terms of taste, but also in terms of shapes, and textures! A pellet that has the same taste as another but a different shape can be a real problem for your guinea pig!

If you give him a new brand of pellets and hay for example, he may not touch it and let himself die of hunger . We must always make a gradual transition over several weeks.

Take the example of pellets: your guinea pig was used to a product A and you want to get used to product B. Here’s how:

  • The first week, make a mixture consisting of three quarters of product A and a quarter of product B.
  • The second week, form the mixture with half of product A and half of product B.
  • The third week, use only a quarter of product A for three quarters of product B.
  • The fourth week, give the pure product B.

In fact, when it comes to hay and extrusions, it’s a good idea to pick a great product and stick to it for the life of your guinea pig.

Hay is a mixture of mowed and dried grass, composed of about 50% grass and 30 to 40% legumes. The following plants are found : fescue, bluegrass, timothy, bromegrass, red clover, white clover, sage, sorrel, umbelliferous, alfalfa and many others. It is difficult to know its composition with precision, because it varies according to the brands or the source (natural or artificial meadow, in this or that region).

An indispensable food

Hay is the staple of the guinea pig

Hay is the staple of the guinea pig, which must be consumed continuously to properly function the muscles of the digestive system. But not only ! The grass and thus the dried grass, that is to say the hay contains silicon crystals: during mastication, these abrasive crystals are exposed and ground by guinea pig molars.

Since hay is a poorly nutritious food, the guinea pig must eat it all day long. This continual chewing promotes the wear of molars and premolars, which grow by more than a millimeter a week!

The ideal hay

The guinea pig is very fond of prairie hay, which has the advantage of being composed of several herbs and plants rich in mineral salts. Hay should always smell good, not dusty or wet, and never have a musty smell. Store it in a cool, dry place. It is best to take a good brand product to make sure of its quality.

Beware of some untreated organic hay: they are sometimes infested with mites or mite larvae. Also beware of hay that is too rich in alfalfa because it contains too much carbon and calcium hydrates.

Too many fans only give vegetables occasionally for the following reasons: it’s too expensive, sellers say it’s bad for guinea pigs, and it’s too restrictive to go buy them regularly.

  • In this case, it is better not to choose an herbivore as a pet.
  • Vegetables (with hay ) make up the bulk of the guinea pig’s diet.
  • As a strict herbivore, it consumes about a tenth of its weight in fresh vegetables every day!

Fruits or vegetables?

Fruits or vegetables?

Vegetables are generally more successful with guinea pigs. But some people love fruit, so why deprive them?

Be careful, however, because many fruits are acidic and may cause digestive problems or irritation of the lips (especially the apple). Give them only ripe, in small quantities, and no more than once a week.

Favorite vegetables and fruits

The guinea pig likes cucumber, carrot, parsley, fennel, pepper, celery, lettuce, endive, spinach as well as tomato and pepper (which although fruits are most often classified as vegetables).

Lettuce should only be given from time to time and in small quantities because it would be full of nitrates. Same instructions for parsley, which is toxic in high doses and which stops the rise of milk in pregnant and lactating females, and for the carrot which is very rich in sugars (never give a big carrot every day).

Too much cucumber which contains 95% water can cause diarrhea and too much cabbage causes bloating.

On the other hand, carrot leaves are not at all toxic and are very popular! Fruit side, here are the favorites: banana, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, kiwi, clementine, orange, mandarin, tomato, melon, plum, watermelon, apple, grape, pear, apricot.

The ideal is to give your guinea pig a “mixed salad” of at least two or three different plants, which you will alternate each day. If possible, the salad should include at least one vegetable rich in vitamin C.

Domino !!!!

So Feb 8th I receieved Domino through a client because he became very aggressive towards EVERRYONE and it became very dangerous and attacks became frequent. Domino now has developed a little more respect in my house hold almost two months with me. I suspect it will take about 6 months to clear most issues. He no longer runs and attacks and when he is claimimng a object , I can now say “come Domy” or get a treat to get him away. He stopped trying to bite the people that are always with me , now down to only strangers to him . Once in a while when food is being prepared or around he does randomly try and attack another dog and so I put him in a gated area for a short time , letting him know Im very dissappointed in his behavior… its also a safe place to come down and safely relax without the “distraction” that caused the attack to become his whole thought and so he doesnt cycle on it and attack again . He does come out and become friends again very easly now, before attacks were constant with the attackee. Domino likes his friends and one of them is a little shy girl named Penny Lane who is very insecure and fearful she too has come along away with socializing with people who she rarely lets touch her and other dogs 🙂 Im proud of both of them ! Good Job fur kids!

Cairo Richie

Hi Folks !

Exciting news ! I have been training Lionel Richies daughter Sophia’s  puppy Cairo ! So fun and quite the adventure for Cairo and myself . Cairo is in Puppy Camp and has being enjoying a lot of training and spoiling , he has also been learning socialization with other dogs in home and on walk . He has learned many of his basics and a lot of “stop and wait” I feel that may be his middle name hehehe… He is a Frenchie which anyone who owns one understand that training is a challenge but soooo worth it in the end . He came in a pup and he will be walking out a “little man” Great Job Cairo Richie !!!!!!doggies

Welcome Home Domino

I got a new dog over the weekend , his name is Domino ! He is mine and from a client … I’ve known Domino for 4 years that Ive been his trainer. The owners have such crazy scheduals that they couldnt keep up with training and he started becoming very aggressive towards people actually a lot of bites under his belt. His been to my house many times and I never saw it .. so when I went to pick him up they got his favorite toy out and he claimed it and attacked me …. he got my boot and I remained calm with my foot out and  dad had to get him off of me … Ha ha they asked if I was scared and I said a little set back but no … not my first rodeo , these are the types of dogs I train all the time . Domino has been on a leash since I brought him home in case I need to correct him and he only gets toy time in kitchen and then when playtime is over I let him out and he has been fine so far . Ive been teaching him “leave it” with treats , and for now he has to be everywhere I am , no more hiding and no more claiming for him , Domy those days are over ! I need to work on “place stay” because he has attacked people coming in and no no we cant have any of that either. I feel his life at the house was just to chaotic for his personality , not owners fault it’s just not a match . Sometimes that happens especially if owners are too busy to train . So now he is all mine !!!! Welcome home Domino 🙂

Talk To Venice Beach’s Behaviorist Angie

Ask Venice Beach’s own Dog Whisperer Training Questions 🙂 Email [email protected]  or Text at 310- 773-1762: Then  Skype me 45min Dog Training Skype session $50 🙂 maybe two clients on one call …

Get advice right here and ask me any question about the issues your having with your dog and I will try and answer as quickly as possible … Remember at time I may not be able to answer you right away because I’m training other clients and soon I’ll have Skype training too . Looking forward to chatting with you ! Peace Love Angie

Clean Up !

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Do you clean up after your pooch , or just look around first then walk away? It is respectful and also the law that you do.

1# Disease control – There is several common diseases that can be transmitted to dogs, cats and humans. Giardia, roundworms, salmonella and E-coli.

2# Flies-flies consume and lay eggs in feces. These same fly hang out on your food and counters, well you dont want to eat after flies have been on your food , right? so why make other people when your dog poops in their yard.

3# How about when your late for work, running out to your car and “Oh, no I just stepped in poo” well why do it to other people.

4# if in your own yard you still have the 3 problems up above, yet now you may have the problem of stool eating and can become a habit  especially in younger dogs, lovely and you accept a kiss from that mouth , ewwww…

5# It’s the LAW and can result in a $75-$500 dollar fine, so think about it before you leave your pet waste in your own yard or others, be respectful of eachother and CLEAN THAT WASTE !

Doggie’s Ade Dog Diary

Well, I always am sad when my fur kids leave me : ( Chachi and Howie are receiving a new member to the family. Their mom just found out she is pregnant and will be staying home now . I do suspect those days she isnt feeling so well, Ill be getting a call I’m sure . What a blessing to them and I am very happy for the whole family. Lol, I did tell them raising dogs is like raising kids when we first met and that this is their pratice, ha ha ha didnt know a year later they’d be brininging a little one into the mix, Yay! They are GREAT dog parents, so I’m sure they are going to be great human parents too : ) So as you can see I’m sad BUT happy at the same time , Whoot!

Peace Love AngiedogWhat? We are getting a new pack member?lol

Stop and Wait , Why Do I Teach This ?

Stop and Wait, Why Do I Teach This?directive dog

Hey folks! we all know what it feels like to have a dog bolt on you, right!? Very dangerous, so this is what I do from the get go is teach Stop and Wait. At every door way, stairs, curbs and when people walk by . Door ways it gives a chance to not allow the dog to crowd the door, if they are allowed to crowd the door when people come over or upon leaving, you have just given them the authority that they are leader and can do what they will whenever. This helps allow people to come through the door without jumping and lessens the excitment upon leaving. Some dogs get soooo excited for the walk they cant think ,lol you know how that goes and as soon as your out , they pull, bark at other dogs or just dont listen. Always, always “Stop and Wait” at the door give 3 sec, add time if 90% good and step out first, never let dog go first. Stairways this is most important for safety issues. I use “stop and wait” at every corner when on a walk, also goes great with a sit but not crucuial to sit. I had a client on my Yelp give a reveiw and said she used “stop and wait” when her little pomeranin ran out and he did. This is not guarenteed, a dog is a animal and a mind of their own, it is helpful to have something better than nothing in a dangerous situation. The more you use “stop and wait” and the dog gets it, then put a long lead without distractions , let them roam and then random shout “stop and wait” and try to get dog to wait till you approach , unless you are giving a “come” cue. When people are walking by I always use “left side or right side ” then stop and wait . Reason for this? Well, one you dont know who is afraid of dogs, kids and adults both can be, also it gives the dogs a sense of those walking on two legs get respect as if they are leaders. The dog will start to naturally after a while just go to one side or the other moving out of the way on their own , just like they would if packleaders are walking in their path they automatically move to give respect. You will get a lot of smiles, thank you’s and what a good dog, shouldnt that be how the walk is, as calm as possible and respectful… : ) Good luck ! Peace Angie “Doggie’s” Ade

Doggie’s Ade Dog Diary

What a great week, very smooth … I had Chachi nd Howie for Day Care which is going really good. They are learning on our walks not bark at people, other dogs , and bikes. They have to “turn around” “leave it” and “focus” on me. People walking by its either “left or right side” then “stop and wait” they can sniff around their area , just cant bark at the people and it gives respect to those walking by , showing the dogs that anything on two legs has the authority to walk as they choose. Also I had Dewy whom I have once a week for walks , the little dog with a big attitude , lol.parkThen Chubbs is with me again for a month of walks , my hero , been training, walking, petsitting him for almost 5 years, crazy!
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Then Dicky was a emergency walk, owner was getting home late yesterday and called for a quick walk : )Love my “Fatty Pants”

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Dog Walking and Pet Sitting, Why Is It Important?

Dog walking and Pet Sitting, Why Is It Important?  by Angie Ade

Ok, lets start with what is a dog? Well its a animal first and has it’s set ways of how it acts as a animal. Animals are not humans and react to different stimulus and some qualitys are the same as humans such as attention, exercise, needing to be fed and watered and a safe place to live and sleep, shade in the heat and warmth in the cool. Animals are also unperdictable just as humans are, they have their own minds, their own moods. So we established that, now we can see them as a dog. A dog is a pack animal, what does this mean? There is packleaders and pack followers. Usually 2 packleaders to 5 pack followers, these numbers can change. A pack NEEDS eachother to survive, socialize, bond, keep safe, hunt, eat and have babys to raise in their pecking order, even down to potty time. This means that the pack followers need a pack leader to tell them what direction to take, to stay away from other animals or things in the enviroment to keep them safe, when to rest , hunt and eat. So, this is it, humans are the packleader of their dog and should be established from the start in ALL things. So owning a dog does’nt mean you just leave them to their own defense because they won’t know how to handle that responsibility. In turn when they have no direction and left alone a lot of the time, you will find your dog could develope social anxiety’s like attacking other dogs, chewing, barking, potty in the house, seperation anxiety and so forth, due to bordem and no direction. Dogs are people pleasers and want to be good for their owners, I promise they arent crazy and can easily be turned around once the leadership is in place. Dogs should always be invited for everything, basically like a two year old child and that is till the day they part from us. Why do I say dog walking and pet sitting are important ? for so many reasons. A lot of dog walkers and petsitters know small amounts of training just from their own experiences and also can be your dogs companion while you are away. Your dog gets a good walk, can be in a socializing situation and gets plenty of attention in your place while you are gone. This helps with a lot of their distructive behaviors because now they have a schedual, exercise, socialized and bonding time, also someone is there to give direction. It is essential to find someone with references and that you can trust to be in your home and alone with your dog. Watch for interaction with dog and walker or pet sitter, see if it is a right fit for ALL of you, because this will help your dog to become better. If you feel comfortable, walker or pet sitter is comfortable, well then your dog too will also trust and feel comfortable. I never suggest a free range kennel, unless it is a good one and there is a trainer at hand or people watching the dogs at all times. Dog fights can break out and now your dog is learning other bad behaviors or worse. Some dogs do great in these situations and never have a problem , just check it out before leaving your dog and make suree it can get along in that enviroment. Pet sitters are great, because either they go to your home or take the dog back to their place. This gives the dog a sense of being home and help relax them and also the owner, the attention is individual and they get what they would at their own home. The dogs I take in when owners drop them off, they just walk right in , look for toys and go about their business because they understand it is like a second home and when dogs need to be seperated, each dog gets time with me as a rotation, walks, play, bonding , food and water, and also nap times which are very important, too. Now, you see why I say it is important? The dog walker or petsitter is there in place of you when you can’t be there for your dog, this helps bring confidence and security to your dog and it wont need to misbehave to get attention or sooth it’s loneliness. Choose wisely and Good Luck!

Peace Angie