Q&A: How should I bathe my guinea pig?

Question by Jacqueline: How should I bathe my guinea pig?
He’s stinky, dirty, oily, and has chips tucked into his fur. Plus he’s losing hair a lot. I think he had mange mites before, because he had a patch of hair completely gone but now it’s just recovered and well. And he stopped making those vibrating noise when I pet them. What kind of soap should I use to bathe him?
And yes I know that I shouldn’t bathe my guinea pig regularly, as he would lose his oils. But basically I just want to have him nice and clean, and plus make sure he doesn’t get so dry.

Best answer:

Answer by pupgranny
You can wash him with mild baby shampoo. Just make sure to blow dry well, and keep him warm. Obviously don’t do it more than once ever 2 weeks… Show piggies get baths…

Be sure he’s treated with ivermectin regularly, like monthly so he doesn’t have mites.

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A Hopeful Heart by Amy Clipston ~ Book Review

Title: A Hopeful Heart (Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel Series)
Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Zondervan
Publish Date: June 7, 2013

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Golden Poodle awards for June

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Cheapest Flea Prevention that works

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May 19, Bloat in Dogs | Best Dog Food Guide

Bloat in dogs or gastric dilatation is a serious condition that might kill your dog. Find about the early symptoms so you now when end how to react should you ever see them in your canine companion.
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Liver Disease in Dogs

There are some man-made chemicals that are toxic and can cause liver disease in dogs as well as humans. The list of these chemicals includes phosphorus, selenium, carbon tetrachloride, insecticides, and toxic amounts of arsenic, lead and iron.

Most people are not aware that liver disease in dogs can also be caused by some over-the-counter medicines and also prescription medications. Antibiotics, antifungals, anticonvulsants, corticosteroids, dewormers and diuretics can all cause adverse reactions in a dog and possibly lead to liver disease if an excessive dosage is given or there is prolonged use of the medication.

Another cause of liver disease in dogs can be traced to a dog consuming certain plants and herbs. These include some mushrooms, blue-green algae, and the mold aflatoxin that grows on corn. If aflatoxin accidentally manages to enter the dog food manufacturing process it can contaminate any canned or dry dog food it comes into contact with and can result in severe liver damage. The damage comes from gallstones, tumors, and liver flukes that form and block the dog’s bile ducts.

To determine the best method of treating liver disease, a veterinarian will first order blood tests followed by ultrasound or CT scans. The scans can reveal damage to the liver but the only conclusive test is a biopsy of the dog’s liver. Whether or not a dog will recover from liver disease is dependent on how long the dog has been sick, the full extent of the liver damage, and whether surgery is necessary or if the disease can be controlled with medications. Surgical procedures are usually recommended to correct bile duct obstructions and some primary tumors of the liver.

Liver disease in dogs is a very serious condition and after treatment by a vet you will need to control and prevent any further complications such as bleeding. Your dog may also require a special diet low in protein to complete its recovery.

Liver disease in dogs is something that must be treated as quickly as possible to protect your pet and give it the ability to live a long and disease-free life.

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How do you differentiate the two types of mange?

Question by Shane Paternostro: How do you differentiate the two types of mange?
I brought my puppy to the vet today for his 6 weeks shots and dewormers and was told that my puppy has mange and that he will need sulphur dips once a week for the next 4 weeks. My vet said he is treating my puppys mange as scapies even if it turns out not to be. So how do you tell the difference between demodex mange and sarcoptic mange?

Best answer:

Answer by fluffy_aliens
The only way is with a skin scraping.

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THE ROCK: Chapter 10 – 2 Dogs 2,000 Miles

Reporter:  “So how did you come up with the idea for your walk?”

Yer Big Dog: “Well, I’m from Texas and everything’s bigger down there.  When we lose a loved one to cancer we don’t walk around a park.  We walk across the country.

Now that Murphy had a brother and I returned to the world of lucidity, it was time to take inventory and fulfill my second promise to Malcolm.  But devoting the rest of my life to finding out what took him from me was no small order.  How in the hell does someone like me go about it?

I wasn’t a scientist and though I possessed a basic understanding of genetics, cellular biology, biochemistry and the like from my pre-med days in college, I wasn’t about to return to school.  That’d be poor resource allocation.  That’s when my business mind kicked into high octane.  
What’s the market problem?  Problem (a). When Malcolm was diagnosed in 2004 there was a serious paucity of scientific data, I think a sum total of 3 or 4 articles on osteosarcoma back then and not much more on the others.  Okay, so we need more research which means we need more scientists working on canine cancer which means we need more money.  And after expending all of my resources on Malcolm’s care, I pretty much had none.

But even before I got his diagnosis I was oblivious to the reality that companion animals developed cancer and everyone I talked to subsequent was, too which meant problem (b) awareness was the greatest challenge.  And like I learned in business if you’re not going after the biggest obstacle you may as well be doing nothing.  

Exactly how to go about it was the next question.  


Everyone with a great idea wants to reflect back on the flash of brilliance it came from but honestly, it’s a lot messier than that. 

Two notions preoccupied my mind throughout the winter of 2006:  (1) How to spread the word to the greatest amount of people and with no money; and (2) how to get back to New England and begin again.

Finally, after musing over it for a seemingly endless amount of time, the smart ass side of my inner dialogue spoke up.  ‘Well, why don’t you walk home, tough guy?” 

I fall for it every time.

“You’re an idiot”, the practical, rational-self answered.  “That’s the stupi…Wait. Wait a sec.  Why don’t I walk home.  Why don’t I walk home?  Why don’t Iwalk home!!!”

It was ludicrous… preposterous… but it just might be possible.  Plus, Hudson and Murphy and I could walk from town to town sharing Malcolm’s story and educating people about cancer in companion animals.  Having driven from Boston to Austin many times before I knew it was about 2,000 miles on the money and even a girl from California could walk that far. 

But could the boys make the journey safely?  Which route would we take?  What gear and equipment would we need?  My mind raced with thoughts and concerns and crazy ideas but the most important question I had at the time, “What should we call it?” 


YBD’s Notes 1: Some people may find my characterization of canine cancer as a market problem crass but that’s how the ole coconut works. 

YBD’s Notes 2: Next week, we’ll finish up with Chapter 10 and we are nearing the end of the Book 1.  

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May 19, Purina Beggin strips need to be taken off the market

My small dog was killed by a product called Beggin strips. It did this over time not the first time I ever gave it. This item needs to be removed off
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