What should a guinea pigs teeth look like?
It’s important to note that guinea pigs’ teeth should be white in color, rather than yellow like most rodents. Their teeth should not be overly long or curved, and they shouldn’t be exhibiting any signs of pain or hesitation while they eat.
Why is there a bump on my guinea pigs lip?
Guinea Pig Abscesses: Abscesses in guinea pigs are relatively common, with the majority forming in the jaw area. These are usually caused by infection entering the tissues via the mouth of via the skin.
Why is my guinea pig’s mouth hanging open?
Signs of Malocclusion The guinea pig may have great difficulty eating, only picking at its food or may be anorexic (not eating at all). The mouth of a guinea pig with malocclusion may hang slightly open.
Do guinea pigs need to have their teeth trimmed?
The pigs can eat fine without the incisors, but not without the molars! Guinea pigs with this disorder will likely need periodic tooth trimming every 6-8 weeks or so for the rest of their lives, although some can be kept under control with proper hay supplementation.
Does a guinea pig bite hurt?
If they do bite it can hurt a lot, but most guinea pig nibbles are harmless.
What is a dewlap on a guinea pig?
It’s called a dewlap. Wikipedia defines a dewlap as “a longitudinal flap of skin that hangs beneath the lower jaw or neck of many vertebrates.” In fact, dewlaps are a rather common physical characteristic in many animals: dogs, elk, rabbits, even reptiles and birds have dewlaps.
What does a guinea pig abscess look like?
These are sometimes difficult to see, especially if the fur does not fall off the cyst. Abscesses can develop on the skin of your guinea pig too. If you notice that the area around an open wound is swollen and red, and develops into a capsule, then your guinea pig has an abscess.
Why did my guinea pig yawn at me?
Firstly, a yawn will come on as your furry little friend is getting ready for a kip or is feeling relaxed. They may also yawn as a way of showing their teeth at another cavy. Don’t be alarmed by this behaviour though, as it is their way of showing dominance in a non-aggressive way.
Why is my guinea pigs neck wet?
“Slobbers” is a condition where the jaw and neck are wet from drooling saliva. If a guinea pig’s teeth are overgrown, you might notice your guinea pig being unable to chew and swallow food, drooling and weight loss.
What does it mean when a guinea pig chatters at you?
TEETH CHATTERING And, it usually means that they are angry, unhappy or agitated at a certain situation. It’s common for chattering to occur when you first introduce a guinea pig to another, especially in a cage. They are simply warning each other not to interfere with each other’s territory or personal space.
Do guinea pigs have a period?
Female guinea pigs have estrous cycles in which they go into heat several times a year for several days, with different stages. However, they don’t experience bleeding or periods as in a menstrual cycle. While they are in heat, they are fertile and go through spontaneous ovulation.