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Abby's Page

Last Updated: 6/26/17

Abby on 5/27/11 in the box in which she came home.

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From 5/27/11, the day that she arrived.
Abby in the box in which she came home.
Abby's face

On 5/31/11, I gave her a bath and took these photos right after.
Abby's right side
Abby's rear - it is brown

Abby in Pigtopia - on 6/6/11; Brownie's behind can also be seen.
Abby and Brownie - on 6/6/11

Abby and Brownie - on 6/14/11

Abby and Brownie - on 6/24/11

Abby on 9/24/11.

Abby on 10/15/11.

Abby hiding in the house, waiting for Avery to come down the ramp for the first time on 11/24/11.

Here are some photos of all three piggies on 11/26/11.
Abby, Brownie, and Avery - left to right
Abby, Brownie, and Avery - top to bottom
Abby, Avery, and Brownie - left to right

Here are all of the guinea pigs on 1/7/12:
Avery (back), Abby (left), and Brownie (right)
Avery (back), Abby (left), and Brownie (right)
Abby (left), and Brownie (right)

Guinea pig sliding board video - my guinea pigs sliding down the ramp from their second floor to their first floor some time in February, 2012. They come down in the order of Avery/Lammie, Brownie, and Abby.

Abby (left), Avery (bottom), and Brownie (right) - on 2/28/12

Abby (front) and Brownie (hiding in the back) on 8/2/14.


Story

I ordered two female guinea pigs, one Abyssinian and one teddy. They did not come at the same time. The Abyssinian came first. I named her Abby (from Abyssinian). She came home on 5/27/11. She cost $34.99. I put her in the bathroom in quarantine. I called the vet, and he could not see her until 5/31/11, and my mother has to take her because I am taking my cat, Gino, to the vet that night.

Abby is mostly white with an off brown head and a spot on her rump of the same color. Her eyes are pink! I have not had a guinea pig with pink eyes before. She is my sixth guinea pig that I have had in my life. Abby is just a weanling, maybe as young as three weeks but perhaps as many as five weeks (will see what the vet says). I have never had a guinea pig that was so scared before. She is full of energy but just wants to hide. By the next day, there was no sign that she had eaten or drank anything. I put a ramp under the water bottle because I was afraid she could not reach it. When she would not even eat the best fruits and veggies inside her hiding place with her, I was worried. My mother asked the vet's helpers who just said to puree the food. We syringe fed her some puree but I do not think she actually ate very much. I have started to weigh her bowl with the pellets to be able to tell if she ate some or not during the night. I bet Brownie would show her how to eat but I cannot put them together until the vet says she is not contagious or harboring parasites. I see not signs of either. She seems healthy, just petrified. Time will tell.

Abby went to the vet on 5/31/11. He told my mother she is in good shape. Her weight is 330 grams or 10.6 ounces. She is about four weeks old so her assigned birthday is 5/4/11. She has no ear mites or signs of guinea pig mites or lice. Her teeth are good. Her heart rate is 294 which is normal. Her lungs are normal and clear. She has mild conjunctivitis. He thought she was getting over a cold but I now think that she was dehydrated. Once she moved to Pigtopia that night, she started to really drink water. That water bottle was easier to use. I gave Abby a quick bath and nail trim before putting her in Pigtopia. She bit me during the bath so she is not so timid as I thought. I moved her to the upper level of Pigtopia and cable tied up one of the metal shelf pieces to keep the two guinea pigs apart. She has started to come out of her shell now that she is in there. She is eating fruits and vegetables, drinking, running around, and doing well. Brownie is not happy though. He has been chewing on the bars trying to get in.

From the weights of her bowl, Abby ate 13 g of food on 5/28/11, 24 g on 5/29/11, 35 g on 5/30/11, and 34 g on 5/31/11. I stopped weighing after that.

I put Brownie and Abby together on 6/1/11 in a cage on the ground. He humped her, over, and over, and over, and over. She squeaked a little but did not seem to mind. We put them in the cage and let them together. It was constant chasing, squeaking, and humping. My mother said Abby could not take it any more so I separated them again. I had intended to let the pigs together after we get the other girl, Daisy. That way, he can only pester one at a time.

Daisy did not arrive on 6/3/11 at the pet store so I let Brownie and Abby together that night. This time, he was only interested for a short while and soon went back to other piggy things like eating her veggies, turning over houses, and rooting around. It took her a few hours to come down the ramp but then she acted like she had been there all along and knew the place already. They are getting along great! He mostly ignores her and eats her servings of vegetables. Sometimes he puts on his "I'm hot" show puffing up his fur and wiggling his butt slightly but he does not make all the noise and strong butt moves that my previous male guinea pigs did. Abby follows him around like a little puppy sometimes and other times bounces around the cage like Tigger. Brownie hardly makes a noise but Abby likes to gurgle a lot but very quietly. I think they are happy.

As of 6/18/11, Abby is doing great. There are no problems although she does like to nip me when I hold her. She also likes to chew the plastic igloo, coroplast, and tape on it.

On 11/19/11, I got another female guinea pig, a texel named Avery. We shall see what Abby thinks since she rules Pigtopia. Go to Avery's page to read about how they did together.

I took all the pigs to the vet on 6/23/16 for check ups. Abby was at 919 grams. Her only problem is that she has more eye goop than she should. I will give her ofloxacin eye drops for a week to see if that clears it up.

On 4/15/17, I was cleaning the guinea pig cage and grooming the guinea pigs which I do once a month. I trim their nails, brush them, use eye wipes on their eyes, use ear wipes in their ears, check them for lumps, etc. When I picked up Abby to groom her, she sneezed blood all over. There was a LOT of blood coming from her nose. I thought she was dying on the spot! I could hear some aspiration of blood, or so I thought. I put her back without grooming her and thought she might not survive for long. Well, I guess it was just a nose bleed because, it is a week later, and she is fine. She wiped the blood off her face with her paws and was back to normal the next morning. Very strange and scary!

On 5/13/17, exactly four weeks after the above nose bleed, Abby had another nose bleed right after I groomed her. The stress of the grooming must bring it on. Just like last time, there was a lot of blood but it stopped within a few minutes. I am afraid she probably has some kind of growth in her nose or close to it. Since she is more than six years old, she is already considered old so investing a lot of time in to trying to find and potentially treat the problem which is most likely fatal regardless seems like it would just cause Abby and I more stress, time, and money than it is worth. Nonetheless, the pigs are due soon for checkups so I will ask the vet.

Abby went to the vet with Brownie and Lammie on 6/22/17 for a check up. Her weight was about the same at 909 grams. I told the vet all about her nose bleeds. He says Abby might have a tumor or cyst up her nose or in her system somewhere such that it bleeds out her nose. A few drops of blood came out while at the vet even. The vet said there is only one vet school in PA where they even have a cauterizing probe small enough to go up a guinea pig's nose to burn the damaged tissue to stop a bleed. He has no tools that can look up her nose and doing so would cause it to bleed. Due to her advanced age of six, and the locations and costs of any treatment, he is basically not going to do anything about it which is what I figured. Her eyes are a little goopy but the vet thought they were good and did not prescribe any eye drops.

Go to Pigtopia for photos and information on Abby's home.


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