Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Warning About Guinea Pigs and Wires

Humans, you can't say we didn't warn you. We did. It was in our post on guinea pigs eating shoelaces. We told you that if you don't keep an eye on us during floor time, we might chew on your valuable possessions, including this iPod charging wire:

Not the best chew toy, but we did like it better than the sushi chews.
If you allow us to chew on wires, it's not just a problem for your property, though. It can also be a problem for our health. If we bite through a wire that's plugged into the wall, we could be electrocuted. If we eat pieces of a wire, it could cause internal injuries. Luckily, we didn't swallow anything that hurt us when we chewed up this wire, but if pieces of wire got into our gastrointestinal tract, we would have had to go to our vet.

If your guinea pig has chewed up one of your wires, make sure you keep a close eye on him or her for any signs that they aren't feeling well. If anything seems out of the ordinary, take your piggy to the vet! And, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, you're better off piggy-proofing your room as much as possible before floor time, and keeping a close eye on us during floor time, rather than trying to fix a preventable health problem!

8 comments:

  1. Oh no!!! That's not good. I have a question, because I'm looking into buying a guinea pig, but I have two dogs. Where do you keep your guinea pigs and how much on average do they cost monthly?

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    1. Our humans keep us indoors. (Is that what you mean when you ask where we're kept?) As for the monthly cost, I don't think our humans have added up exactly how much we cost, but an article on Guinea Pig Today estimated $83.35 per month. If you have fleece bedding, you'll save money in the long run by not buying disposable pet bedding, but it will create more work for you. In addition, the Guinea Pig Today article estimated saving $40 per month for vet costs. Take a look at our post on how much the vet costs, and you'll see that this is a good idea. We also did a post on pet insurance options for guinea pigs, and found most of the options weren't very good, so saving money for vet visits is your best bet.

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  2. Ahhh glad you are ok! Luckily we've never chewed through any wires; phew! And @camera comet- we live outside in the summer and in the porch in the winter months when it is colder. We dont cost much but you've got to bear in mind vet costs etc

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  3. We see wires, but we're good girls, so we know not to chew on them, because our shelter lady always told us to not chew on wires.
    XOXO
    Ashley & Wendy

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  4. What are the signs that you need to watch for?

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    1. Some warning signs might include not eating or pooping normally, or acting lethargic. Guinea Lynx has a good list of the signs of illness in guinea pigs-- if your guinea pig is showing any of the signs of the list, it's a good idea to take them to the vet.

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  5. I would like to know ASAP if possible

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