Happy, healthy guinea pigs
Nov02

Happy, healthy guinea pigs

I get a bit nervous about the guinea pigs at this time of year. We lost Wilfred in October 2019 and my beautiful Cedric in September 2020. I know that, with Henry just turning two years old and Herbert turning one, that we should have some time left with them. But I also know that guinea pigs have a way of suddenly becoming ill. And it seems that, when that happens, there’s really nothing you can do about it – no amount of...

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Introducing Herbert the guinea pig
Oct27

Introducing Herbert the guinea pig

It is six weeks since our beloved guinea pig, Cedric, died. It feels like a long time ago. And all that time Henry has been on his own. Guinea pigs are sociable animals and shouldn’t be on their own and I was quite worried about Henry for a time. When Cedric was around (and especially when Cedric was ill), Henry seemed to eat non-stop. But he ate a lot less after Cedric died and started to lose weight. I’m pleased to say...

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Henry the lonely guinea pig
Oct13

Henry the lonely guinea pig

Losing a guinea pig is always hard. It’s hard for me, of course, but it’s also hard for the guinea pig who is left behind. Guinea pigs are sociable animals who need to be with other guinea pigs. In fact, in Switzerland it’s actually illegal to only own one guinea pig (although you can rent one if one of your pets dies). Like all the pairs of guinea pigs we’ve had over the years, Cedric and Henry were always together. If Cedric was in...

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Good vets and bad vets
Oct06

Good vets and bad vets

If I asked you what vets were for, you would probably tell me they were to care for sick animals and try to make them better. That’s what I thought too. But when my own animal got ill a few weeks ago, I realised some of them were all about business and money. I’d had issues with my usual vet in the past and had actually taken Cedric to a different vet recently. I’d been worrying about him for a while and knew he...

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Guinea pigs, grief and why I can’t have a dog
Oct01

Guinea pigs, grief and why I can’t have a dog

As a big fan of guinea pigs, they’re the only pets I’ve ever wanted. Until recently. I used to be quite frightened of dogs. But in recent years I’ve seen how special they are to people, how much joy them give them. I started to like dogs. Then, one day, I realised I really wanted a dog. I’m not alone in this. My younger son wants one too and even my daughter has started to want one. But, for various reasons,...

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