Mr. Bubbles and Scruffy

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Fri Aug 27, 2021 12:02 am


Happy Birthday Mr. Bubbles! I hope it's a great day for you!

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Aug 27, 2021 2:00 am


He got some parsley for his birthday. I don't give him that very often but he really enjoys it when he gets it. I didn't get to take him outside today, but I'm going to make sure he gets some grass tomorrow. He'd probably rather have that anyway.

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Post   » Fri Aug 27, 2021 10:34 am


Happy Birthday Mr. Bubbles!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Aug 28, 2021 12:26 am


Happy Estimated Birthday!

He might have a blocked tear duct which would account for the normal eye fluid leaking down instead of circulating back to continue cleaning the eye. With little guinea pigs, sometimes a warm wet compress can help to open the duct. However, if this has been going on for a while, something so simple may not help.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sat Aug 28, 2021 4:35 am


It comes and goes and it didn't cause him any discomfort. He gets irritated when I mess with it too much, so as long as things stay the way they are, I limit what I do with it to keeping it as clean as I can. He does wipe it out with his front paw, but he just gets it out of his eye. I have to clean it off of his cheek.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:46 am


Mr Bubbles got his first nail trim from his new vet today. It didn't go as smoothly as I expected but it wasn't terrible either. He fought really hard to keep us from holding on to his feet long enough to clip the nails. He tried biting so they had to put a specially designed hood on him. He really hated that but once I got him settled down, it did its job and kept him from biting.

He did his usual pouting session, but he got over it. The good news is that they didn't quick him. He's good for a couple of months now. Buttercup got done today as well. She did get quicked but didn't get too upset. She did very well. Sammy and Dean get their turn on Tuesday. Gilligan and Skipper after that. The babies don't need it yet.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Sep 03, 2021 8:10 am


Glad you found a good local vet! Nice to have them introduced to the vet for a non-medical issue. The hood theory, some people translate into covering the eyes with one hand when hand feeding a squirmy guinea pig.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:49 pm


The hood covered his whole head with a hole for his nose.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:48 am


Mr Bubbles is doing well. He's slowed down on his eating. Not in how much he eats, but in how fast. He used to devour his lettuce in just over a minute and then go after his bell pepper or whatever side veggie I feed him. Now he eats the side veggie first and then finishes his lettuce over the next half hour or so. He still eats his hay the same. I see him foraging it up off and on between his naps and visits with his neighbors Gilligan and Skipper. Pellets are given a small handful every other day.

I tried him on zucchini for the first time yesterday and he enjoyed that. I might give it to him more often. I don't know the nutritional value or if it has anything that would put his health at risk. I peeled it too. What do you guys know about it? How many times a week is it safe to give him? He's in his golden years and is enjoying himself. I don't want to do anything to derail him.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Wed Oct 20, 2021 12:53 am


Glad to hear he's still doing well. I haven't tried zucchini with Gidget yet. Lacey never liked it - she looked at me like I was trying to pull something over on her. Maybe she thought it was a cucumber at first.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Oct 20, 2021 2:04 pm


Guessing that in moderation it is fine. I have never thought it was particularly loaded with nutrients though.

It is likely the listing on this page for baby zucchini includes the skin. The USDA website might have more info on regular zucchini with and without skin.
http://www.guinealynx.info/chart.html

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Wed Oct 20, 2021 7:07 pm


It is. There is other literature around which says it has a notable amount of vitamin C and other nutrients that guinea pigs need, while being relatively low in sugar. I think I can safely put it into the rotation. That would mean he gets an ounce or two of it 3-4 times a week. That should be fine.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Sun Nov 07, 2021 6:40 pm


I found out that the Town and Country Market has scrap produce for free. Most of it is rotten or unfit for any animal that isn't a hog. Today, there was a prepackaged bag of grape tomatoes with about half of them rotten. That left about two for each guinea pig. I know Mr Bubbles doesn't care for tomatoes but I thought I'd try him out on one. He actually ate it and liked it. I'm not inclined to give him tomatoes very often because of the acids aren't good for a guinea pig his age, but it was nice to see him enjoy the treat.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Nov 08, 2021 8:51 am


Free produce is nice (if you can find useful things in it). The local Kroger stores all carry markdown bags of produce for a dollar. Might be five apples or three peppers in a bag if they are available! Markdown produce is a staple in my diet :-)

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Mon Nov 08, 2021 6:11 pm


I check every week. Sometimes they have stuff I can use for my piggies and other times they don't. Its hit or miss, but every penny I can save helps when you have 12 of them to feed.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Nov 08, 2021 10:10 pm


I absolutely agree with you. I have been trying to improve my diet but still am put off by the high cost of vegetables and fruit. Fortunately Kroger marks down a lot of their produce at my favorite store.

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Tue Nov 09, 2021 3:29 am


Starting in spring, I plan to grow enough of my own produce year round so I don't have to buy it. A 10 by 20 foot greenhouse for the lettuce the pigs need with some for us and another for the rest of the vegetables and herbs I need. We know how to can, so well be able to shop less at the grocery store. My wife wants to grow our own beef too. I think 2 or 3 cows should be enough. Butcher one, replace it with a calf and repeat. One cow can feed us for 6 months. Add in the goats, chicken and guinea fowl and we should be able to do it.

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