Hi! I’ve seen litter boxes being sold in Cartimar and Bonifacio High Street. But you can also make your own using corrugated plastic. They’re easy to come by in any National Bookstore branch.
Piggies love to poo and pee where they eat, so I put their hay holder above the box. Soon, you’ll see that most of their waste will go in the litter box (apart from their hidey houses), which will make it easier to clean 🙂
For adoption, we still don’t have shelters here in the Philippines so the best way is to join various guinea pig groups on Facebook or other social networking sites. A lot of users post photos of their adoptable guinea pigs so you have many choices from different locations. You can also purchase guinea pigs from these groups since many breeders are also active in the community.
Good luck and best wishes to you and your soon-to-be piggy baby!
There is no surefire way to tell the exact age of a guinea pig especially without a medical exam, but you can look at some factors like weight and nails to approximate.
In my experience, young guinea pigs weigh around 200 to 400 grams and then during adulthood their weights will stabilize to around 600 to 900 grams. For the nails, younger pigs usually have sharper and more pointy nails than adults, and adult nails are usually thicker.
If you would like a more thorough assessment, you can always consult a vet in your area and ask about your piggies’ age.
Yes, there are treatments for mites. Veterinarians use Ivermectin or Selamectin for mites treatment, and the dosage depends for each pig. If you suspect that one of your piggies has mites, go to the vet immediately because it can quickly escalate into hair loss and infections that can be painful for your guinea pigs.
Your piggy’s situation does sound alarming; the things you did so far are good and will help ensure that she still gets the nutrition she needs. I’d say that you continue hydrating and force feeding her if she still doesn’t eat by herself, you have to do this every few hours or so. You should also monitor her weight to see if the amount of feeding is enough to retain nutrients and weight in her body; a drastic drop in weight in a few hours is not a good sign.
If you have probiotics in stock, this will also help to increase her appetite while she still has no access to a vet that will treat her.
Many vet offices that treat guinea pigs are open during weekends. Some of them are Vets In Practice Mandaluyong, Animal House Makati, and Animal Care Specialists in Tiendesitas. For more options, check out this page.
I hope your piggy gets well soon!