Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Awesome Abby's

Whorlwind is an awesome Abby also known as Abyssinian guinea pig.

As you can see from the gorgeous photo Abbys have very unusual hair. Abbys are a variety of short haired piggy.

The name Whorlwind comes from the fact that Abbys have Whorls or Rosettes all over their bodies.

Breed standard for Abby's require 10 Rosettes in specific areas, 1 on each shoulder, 4 down the back, 1 on each hip and 2 on the rump. Where the rosettes meet should also make a straight line.

But what do we care about breed standards? WE DONT!!

Is that me hiding in the background? NOPE its a lookalike wheeeeeeeeeeeeek

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Monday, September 28, 2009

My Next Guest.......

Agent name Whorlwind

Your clues are; Whorlwind is a female piggy.

A member of an all female herd in the UK.

Her Mummy once belonged to the late great Peter Gurney and arrived at Whorlwinds home complete with 5 little surprises one of the surprises was Whorlwind.

Her real name is sweet sounding and her colour is chocolate sweet again.

She appears to enjoy honeydew melon.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Why Does He Do It??

For no reason at all Spooky will suddenly stop what he is doing look at the ceiling and wheeeeeeeek really loudly.

His ears move back and forward in time to him wheeking his lungs out.

This is not because me is mugging him of food, or because the fridge door has been opened or a bag rustled.

Me dont know why he does it, its so random!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Me is a BOY!!

As if shampooing MY carpet wasnt bad enough, Mummy has bought some rugs for us to use during floor time.

They are PINK!!

Does she not know guinea pigs can see in colour??

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Humans Grrrrrr

Me has spent ages glanding the carpet during floor time so Spooky knows its MINE.

The stupid humans has only gone and shampooed it all.

Me now has to spend ages dragging my butt all over it again.

Pffffffffffffttttttttttt

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Capybara's on the TV

Here in the UK last night.

There was a very short clip on BBC1's Walk on the Wild Side.

Needless to say Mummy got all silly over them

Friday, September 18, 2009

Why are His Ears so Hairy

OK me knows one of my ears is bald due to fungal infection, but even my good ear is nowhere near as hairy as Spooky's.

He appears to be growing a small dense forest of hair on his inside ear flap.

Is this yet more evidence that he is not really a piggy?

Or should my ears be hairer?

Nah me is perfect

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

American or English

Me was born in the UK (born in the USA sounds so much better) so you would think that makes me English right? WRONG

Because my crest is white and the rest of me is blonde that makes me an American Crested guinea pig.

A crest is a circle of hair on top of the head that grows outwards from a central point, leaving a bald patch in the middle (when me was a baby Daddy thought the bald patch was ugly now he says I have grown into my looks)

You can see the crest in this pigture

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With regard to my colouring me is quiet a light yellow so me would be a cream if me had red eyes however as me has brown eyes my colour should technically be Buff but that is a much deeper colour than me.

So me and Spooky has decided to swap eyes then me can be a cream american crested and he can be a (pretend) silver agouti (me got no black hair we can swap)

The only problem with swapping eyes is it will be painful and we need a surgeon to help hmmmmmmmmmmm

OK new plan we is going to get coloured contact lenses like the humans do SORTED

Saturday, September 12, 2009

While Mummy isnt Looking

Me is gonna grab a dead leaf and eat it.

Ok Mummy is engrossed in her book, target dead leaf is just outside the bars of my outdoor run.

Right keep belly right on the ground stretch out as far as me can and creep slowly forward........now stick teeth through bars and grab dead leaf.

CRUNCH

Pffftttt why dead leaf so noisy the crunch made Mummy look up and now she has stolen my leaf!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mummy Needed a New Pet.........

so me and Spooky hid under our pop up tent and made it move around.

Hey presto one giant snail pet!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What is it about Humans..............

and Capybara??

Dont get me wrong Caplin Rous is my hero me is eating to be like him, but Mummy dragged Daddy all the way to somewhere called Beale Park just to see 2!! Capybara.

She is still on about this divorce thing as Daddy run the camera battery out taking photos of Praire Dogs and shouting Alan at them (Walk on the wild side explains all)

There was only enough battery left for 2 photos of Capybara Mummy not happy she took some more on her phone but they are not as good.

Heres a Capybara fix for you all

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Monday, September 7, 2009

He is at it Again

We have a cardboard chube to run through and hide in but Spooky keeps pushing it round cage with front paws.

Worse than that he is trying to climb on it!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Whats a Divorce??

Daddy said Mummy's tummy would be a perfect bouncy castle for guinea pigs and she said she wants a divorce.

What does it all mean??

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Treating Fungal Ear Infection

You will all be glad to know my ear is a lot better now in fact me just has some peeling skin (not the same as scurf this is old damaged skin being pushed off by new healthy skin!!)  and bald patches otherwise me is as good as new.

When Mummy took me to the vet they gave me a prescription only medicine (POM) called Canaural this is really a treatment for dogs and cats with ringworm.

Mummy had to put this on the bad part of my ear once a day for 2 weeks and use cotton bud to spread it around, she has to do inside and out of my ear flap.

Now a week and a half later me is well on the way to recovery.

The problem with Canaural is it contains steroids and is not suitable for long term use, Daddy is worried that now me has had one infection me may be prone to more the same way he is with athletes foot. (yuck)

Mummy doesnt want me on steroids long term so she has ordered a Lavendar and Myrrh lotion from Gorgeous Guineas in case infection comes back.

Piggyfriends Mummy has also told her to give my ears a good scrubbing with my Vet Sect Repel shampoo, Mummy says Daddy will have to do this as she is a wimp, Daddy will do it when I have finished my course of Canaural. (Piggyfriends can you ban your Mummy from giving my Mummy ideas please)

Guinea Lynx suggest using Nizoral shampoo  http://www.guinealynx.info/fungus.html (human dandruff treatment)

Others suggest any human dandruff shampoo containing Ketoconazole could be used (Mummy is wary of this)

Other suggestions include Iodine/ Betadine, Miconazole Cream and Aloe Vera Gel not sure what countries these are available in.

Mummys favourite suggestion is on Peter Gurneys health pages and this is an essential oil mix. Peter suggests using Tea Tree, Lemon Grass, Lavendar, Calendular and Patchouli oils in a carrier oil (he suggests almond oil) in a ration of 1:9. 1 drop of essential oil to 9 drops of carrier oil. http://www.oginet.com/pgurney/skinp.htm

Peter also suggests Grapefruit seed oil 20 drops in an egg cup full of warm water and then painted onto infected area. (me guess you paint it with cotton bud not paintbrush!!)

If me does keep getting infected Mummy intends to make me some herself.

If anyone know of any other treatments please feel free to post them here.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Spotting Fungal Ear Infection

Here is how Mummy found out I had a fungal ear infection

1) When she was stroking me my bad ear felt thicker than normal.
2) When she looked inside she could see big flakes of scurf, these looked like thick slightly yellow dandruff (in my earlier pigture you can see one on the left hand edge of ear flap)
3) Me had small patches of dried blood, these are caused by me scratching coz it irritates (Mummy not convinced by that as she hasnt seen me scratching but doesnt know what else it could be)
4) My ear was a darker pink than normal (normally they are grey with a hint of pink)
5) The ear felt hot to the touch my other ear was cool
6) When Daddy tug gently at the hair it came out in clumps held together by the scurf.

7) Some of the scurf fell out with just gentle running of fingers over the ear, like human dandruff falls out.

8) Some of the scurf was like dandruff and some was waxy and sticky (yucky my poor ear)

9) Trip to vet to confirm (although Mummy thinks they just agreed with her diagnoses)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

How do Guinea Pigs get a Fungal Infection?

Well some sources say that Guinea Pigs can be carriers for fungal infection in the way that we are carriers for mites.

While most of the time the mites and fungus are not a problem in certain circumstances they can take over and cause us problems.

Suggested triggers of fungal infection are stress, diet, environment, humitdity, heat, age, outside infection and genetics.

In my case it could be heat and humidity we have had a brief spell of hot humid weather here in the UK, when the humans are at home the air conditioning is on but when they are at work it can get rather warm.

Of course me could blame it all on Spooky causing me stress and interfering with my environment heeheehee.

Certain Fungal infections can be contagious (Spooky showing no signs but Mummy is ready to treat him if necessary) Infections can also be passed from Guinea Pig to human and presumably vice versa mainly RingWorm (Daddy was worried that his athletes foot may have caused my ear problem, stupid human if he had stuck his toe in my ear me would have bit him hard)

Humans should was hands thoroughly before and after handling an infected piggy (my humans are addicted to hand washing even before me got an infection its amazing they have time to do anything else)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

This is not a Circus

Me thinks Spooky is planning to run away and join the circus.

Instead of eating the hay in our toilet roll tube, he is putting his front paws on it and rolling it round the cage.

Most un-guinea like hmmmmmmmmmmm