ARISTO STUD CAVIES

Purebred Exhibition Quality Rex Guinea Pigs

GUINEA PIG CARE GUIDE

The health and well being of our cavies is really important to us. To this end we are updating this section with information about caring for your guinea pigs. This advice is based on our years of experience in successfully breeding and showing cavies and we welcome feedback. We are happy to give advice over the phone and welcome visits to our caviary.

1) BASIC CARE - Feed and Bedding

  • Unlimited good quality meadow hay should be provided daily as a source of food and fibre and as clean dry bedding.
  • Straw must not be used instead of hay - although cheaper it is inedible and of little nutritional value. It can also cause eye injuries and abscesses.
  • Good quality dust extracted woodshaving can be used underneath the hay if required but is not essential.
  • Sawdust should not be used as it is dusty and can cause respiratory problems.
  • Good quality proprietry branded Guinea Pig food should be given ad-lib - unlike Rabbits cavies are not able to produce their own Vitamin C and this is added to commercial Guinea Pig Feed.
  • Ensure you guinea pigs consume all parts of the Guinea Pig mix, particularly the pellets as the Vitamin C is typically added to the pellet element of the mix.
  • Fresh vegetables should be given at least once a day - these should be clean and free from frost, chemicals such as fertilizers and cat/dog faeces.
  • Fresh cut grass should also be given daily - ensure you collect from areas free from cats and dogs.
  • Water should always be available in a bottle with a stainless steel spout that contains a small ball to ensure it doesnt leak out into the cage. Bottles should be cleaned at least once a week to remove any build up of algae or waste food.

2) FRESH FOOD - Grass and Vegetables

As Guinea pigs are not able to produce their own Vitamin C they must be given fresh vegetables and grass every day. All our cavies are reared on a comprehensive diet and so are used to almost all suitable foods. Below is a list of suitable fruit and vegetables. As many of the vegetables are seasonal we obtain large quanitites of seasonal vegetables, which obviously varies throughout the year according to availability. During the Summer they regularly receive celery, lettuce, cucumbers and apples. In the Autumn and throughout the winter we are able to obtain suitable volumes of root vegetables such as carrots and beetroot aswell as cabbages, greens and kale.

SUITABLE FOODS

  • Carrots
  • Spring Greens
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Turnips
  • Swede
  • Marrow
  • Courgette
  • Runner beans plus plants/leaves
  • Brussell sprouts plus leaves/plants
  • Raw uncooked beetroot
  • Cauliflower plus leaves
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Banana
  • Grass
  • Dandelions
  • Clover
  • Plantains

 

 

UNSUITABLE FOODS

  • Potato/potato skins
  • Onion
  • Peppers
  • Chillis
  • Shallots
  • Cooked vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARISTO STUD GUINEA PIG GUIDES

 

 We have years of experience in breeding and showing guinea pigs and take pride in the standard of care we provide to our animals. We offer free advice and are especiallykeen to encourage new members to the cavy fancy.

We have now produced three guides to Guinea pigs care in order to share our experience and knowledge of keeping, breeding and showing cavies. Each guide is just £3.00 and can be posted out if requested. .

Please email your request to:

henrydolton@yahoo.co.uk

Or call Julie or Dave on 07731 889622 / 07841 620154

 

   

1) ARISTO STUD'S GUINEAPIG CARE GUIDE

  • Introduction to Cavies - different breeds and temperaments
  • Buying your first Cavy - includes guide on keeping males and females together, advice on how many cavies to keep and introducing new animals
  • Accommodation - suitable housing, toys, water and bedding
  • Feeding - proprietry concentrates, which fresh fruit and vegetables to feed and sourcing suitable wild foods
  • Basic healthcare - guidance on nail trimming, grooming and prevention and treatment of parasites
  • Introduction to breeding - key things to consider before breeding
  • Introduction to Showing

Price: £3.00 plus postage at cost (free with every cavy sold)

   

2) ARISTO STUD'S GUIDE TO CAVY SHOWING

  • Introduction to showing and the Cavy Fancy
  • Purchasing your first show stock
  • Showing pet cavies
  • Showing purebred cavies
  • Cavy Clubs - the Southern Cavy Club, the National Cavy Club, Local Clubs, Breed Clubs
  • Breeds of cavy - selfs, non-selfs, rare varieties, Breed Standards
  • How to enter -  basic rules, age categories, obtaining show schedules, breed classes, challenge classes, Best in Show,
  • Show Preparation  - grooming, nail trimming. grease glands, bathing,
  • Taking part in a show - transporting cavies, travelling boxes, arrival at the show, booking in and penning, stewarding
  • Judging - Judging procedures, understanding judges comments, obtaining feedback

Cost: £3.00 plus postage at cost

   

3) ARISTO STUD'S GUIDE TO CAVY BREEDING

  • Introduction to breeding guinea pigs
  • Guinea pig breeding facts - gestation period, litter sizes, sexual maturity, lifespan, seasons
  • Cavy gender - how to sex guinea pigs with photos
  • Selecting breeding stock
  • Preparing stock for breeding - weight, condition, skincare & healthcare advice
  • Breeding - pairing up, signs of mating, seperating the boar
  • Care during pregancy - diet, housing, stocking, healthcare, supplementation
  • Littering - procedure, signs of littering, complications, practical advice on dealing with problems
  • Post natal care - health of the young, common health problems with baby guinea pigs, care of the sows udder, checking milk flow and signs to look out for
  • Weaning - when and how to wean, reasons for weaning, care during weaning
  • Rearing youngstock - how to ge tthe best out of your potential show babies
  • Hand rearing - dealing with orphan guinea pigs, practical tips on fostering

Price: £3.00 plus postage at cost.

   

4) ARISTO STUD'S ADVANCED CAVY HEALTHCARE GUIDE - Part 1

  • Husbandry and cavy healthcare  
  • Sourcing Veterinary Services
  • Intensive care and nursing
  • Common eye conditions - hayseeds, entropian, infections 
  • Illustrated guide to treating fungal skin conditions
  • Mites and lice - including static lice

Cost: £3.50 plus postage at cost

   

5) ARISTO STUD'S GUIDE TO CAVY SHOWING *New*

  • Introduction to the Rex Cavy 
  • Rex colour categories 
  • Coat Development - an illustrated guide
  • Identifying Agouti colours
  • Guard Hairing - illustrated guide
  • Show preparation including grease glands and hayseed removal
  • Common coat faults

Cost: £3.50 plus postage at cost

Each guide is approx 20-30 A4 pages and provides comprehensive advice based on our own experiences. Each guide is £3.00/£3.50 plus postage. P&P £1.99 up to 2 guides plus 50p per additional guide. 

To order a copy of one of the above guide please either phone: 01278 683666 / 07731 889622 or email: henrydolton@yahoo.co.uk