General Care of the Himalayan Guinea Pig

Himalayan guinea pigs are relatively easy to take care of. However, one needs a little experience and pay more attention as these pigs need more maintenance. It would be more appropriate to keep this breed of pig in a cage with a shady spot throughout the day as the pig does not like so much exposure to sunlight. The cage should be comfortable and as shady as possible.

The color of the Himalayan pig fades when the pig is stressed and exposed to extreme light, therefore, a well-constructed cage is that important.The colored points are very important as changes are indicators of things not right. The cage should have enough space for exercise and play. There should be a small box in the cage where the pig can sleep or hide in. In their cages, you should put beddings preferably hay. These pigs love burrowing in hay and also sleeping in it. It is favorable to keep the Himalayan guinea pig in pairs or more as these pigs really like the company and are very sociable. The pig cage for the Himalayan guinea pig should be kept at high hygienic levels. The cage should be cleaned regularly to ensure all the food remains, and waste products are removed cleaned out and disposed of properly. The Himalayan pig has a short and smooth coat. As part of care for them, the pig coat needs to be brushed severally. Bathing them won’t be necessary as long as you brush the pig regularly. In case the pig is infested with external parasites, it is advisable to bathe the pig with the recommended medicated shampoo. The nails of the Himalayan guinea pig should be clipped severally using clippers.

The teeth of the Himalayan guinea pig continue to grow. Their teeth can grow up to very unpleasant levels. To avoid this, the pigs should be provided with a constant supply of chewing materials. The Himalayan guinea pig likes to live in a cool and quiet place. Loud noises and heat waves cause stress to the pigs and also lead to heart attacks. It is highly recommended that the cage for the pigs is constructed in a cool place free from any loud noises. The pigs also should be kept in a condition that causes minimal or no stress to the pigs. Reduced stress also leads to reduced chances of illnesses. The good thing about the Himalayan guinea pigs is that they rarely get sick. However, it is recommended that you perform regular health checkups to avoid development and/or spread of chronic diseases. The health checkups should be performed by a qualified animal officer or a veterinary. It would also be great if you would apply for an insurance cover for your pigs if there is a provider in your country.

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