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  • Provide fresh food and water daily.
  • Keep diet stable and minimize treat variety.
  • Ensure a daily source of vitamin C in the diet, either in guinea pig pellets or as a supplement.
  • Remove fresh food that is not eaten within a half hour.
  • Take your guinea pig to an exotic animal veterinarian annually for a physical exam.
  • If your guinea pig has long hair, comb it daily and keep it clipped and clean.
  • Check droppings for evidence of illness: abnormally dry feces may indicate dehydration or constipation, while abnormally soft feces indicate diarrhea.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.  Reviewed by Amy I. Attas, V.M.D.
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