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Written by Richard   
Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Guinea pigs are quite hardy creatures providing they are looked after well, and you will learn to know when your pigs are healthy or not. Guinea pigs usually live between four and seven years as long as they are looked after properly, fed carefully and given lots of exercise. In addition, they need clean, dry living quarters out of the wind and plenty of places to hide.

You do need to check your guinea pigs regularly. In particular, you should check the claws and teeth, as they can get overgrown quite quickly. It helps to handle your pig often, as it makes it easier to check for any illnesses or health problems.

Claws should be kept short, as overgrown claws can deform the feet. Clipping claws is quite easy, but you need to be careful not to cut the quick. Little and often is better than having to take a lot off at one go.

Teeth also need to be kept short by allowing the pigs to gnaw on sticks and hard vegetables. A diet of hay helps to keep the teeth down. If the teeth grow too long, the pig will not be able to eat properly, so you will need to take your pig to the vet if this is the problem.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 June 2007 )
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