In my experience, buying from breeders is better than buying from pet shops, since the guinea pigs being sold at pet shops come with more health problems. I got my guinea pigs from a quitting breeder in OLX, so I can say that the ads in OLX are reliable. But of course, you can always ask them more questions if you’re unsure and you can ask for more photos as well.
But keep in mind that no matter where you get your guinea pigs, you should always take it to the vet right away for a check-up so you can be sure that they have no health problems 🙂
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I take Freya and Ellie to Animal Care Specialists, Tiendesitas. If they’re not sick, I just take them every 6 months for their deworming shots.
As for the signs of illnesses in guinea pigs, you should watch out for the following:
- changes in your guinea pig’s eating/drinking patterns (if your guinea pig doesn’t eat anything or eats too little in the past 24 hours, it is an emergency case)
- changes in behavior
- runny nose (may be a sign of upper respiratory infection)
- crusty eyes (may be a sign of upper respiratory infection)
- frequent sneezing
- wheezing or “clicky” breathing
- overgrown teeth
- excessive shedding
- excessive scratching (may be a sign of parasites)
There are more symptoms to watch out for but if you manage to take note of some of these in their earliest stages, you may be able to have your piggy treated as early as possible.
Pet Supply Depot is an online shop, found here 🙂 You can contact them at 09272819045 🙂
Thank you! 🙂 You can buy the grids in Ace Hardware or in a Japan home store (I also heard that there are grids in Divisoria, but I have to verify that first :D).
Tip: If you’re buying from Ace Hardware, be sure to show the staff the photos of the grid for them to know what you’re looking for. A lot of them won’t know what you’re talking about if you say grids or cubes, and they will tell you that they don’t have them.
If you can’t find grids, you can use other alternative materials such as bathroom shelvings (something like this if you’re unsure), or even doggie playpens (I’ve tried the playpen and it works perfectly :D)
Sadly, there aren’t any guinea pig rescues in the Philippines so it can be very hard to find adoptable guinea pigs. You can still buy from breeders though, most of them have listings and photos online of their available cavies. Some breeders post in OLX but the more reliable ones have pages or accounts on Facebook where you can inquire about their guinea pigs. To help you start looking, there are good breeders in the Facebook group “PHILIPPINES ORGANIZATION OF GUINEA PIG”. They post regularly and they have different breeds too so feel free to ask them 🙂