On average, guinea pigs live five to seven years, but they can live as long as 14 years. Some breeds tend to live longer than others, and males tend to live longer than females.Know More
Diet has an impact on the longevity of guinea pigs. Feeding them Timothy hay or orchard grass along with fruits that contain vitamin C is recommended.
Proper medical care is essential in extending the lives of guinea pigs. They are prone to conditions called tongue entrapment, in which the teeth grow too large, and bumblefoot, which involves foot ulcers. Prompt treatment of these conditions increases the likelihood the guinea pig lives a normal lifespan.
As guinea pigs age, they begin to sleep more while eating, drinking and exercising less. Arthritis, stroke, heart attack, cataracts and tumors may develop.Learn more about Pets
The annual cost of food for a guinea pig runs at least $175, as of April 2015; the cost can be higher for guinea pigs that eat more. Pellet bags cost about $15, and guinea pigs consume two to three a year. They also eat hay, about $12 a month.Full Answer >
Red ripe tomatoes are considered a safe food for guinea pigs, but only the ripe fruit should be fed to guinea pigs. Green tomatoes, tomato leaves and stems contain toxic compounds that can make guinea pigs ill.Full Answer >
Mange mites in guinea pigs are eliminated with a medication called ivermectin. It is important for mange to be treated as quickly as possible, as it is potentially life threatening if left untreated. The condition is particularly dangerous for pregnant female guinea pigs.Full Answer >
Guinea pig names can vary from human names, such as Abner or Bea, to more pet-like names, such as Cookie or Frisky. Pet owners sometimes name their guinea pigs after their favorite places, such as Fiji, or after a favorite celebrity, such as Irwin. Since guinea pigs are social creatures, it is common to adopt two and name them after things that go together, such as Salt and Pepper.Full Answer >