Those two lovely sows are one of the most neglected Guinea Pigs we ever got left in our care but they are fighters, eating well, almost too well as they chomp down everything I put in front of them, double portions. They do suffer from mange mite infestation and fungal infection, the lighter coloured Piggy shows signs of scurvy and they both are seriously undernourished. I estimate their full recovery to last at least two months, that is when they will start looking healthy again. Hopefully I'll see first signs of improvement with their skins within a week, once mange mites are gone and fungal infection is under control it should be fairly straightforward but they have a lot of coat to grow, as seen on few pictures it's thinned out badly. I'll take pictures every few days to show their recovery, they won't be up for adoption for good few months though, if ever.
The pair of Piggies on the pigtures are Ginger & Bread. They were reserved 2 weeks ago due to be picked up today in the evening but as I haven't had a confirmation from the person who wanted to adopt them it looks like they will be available again. They got their bath today anyway and now they are grazing outside in a small pen :)
Profile page for Naveen and Nandu is now ready, they are the first pair of 12 recently surrendered Piggies available for adoption. Yesterday they had a bath, trim and nail clipping done and few photos were taken, pity they don't show how truly beautiful this pair is. They have to be seen in flesh to be fully appreciated. We are looking for a permanent pet home for them. Please click on the picture to open their profile page with lots more pictures, information about adoption rules and how to contact us or just send us an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and make an appointment to see and adopt them :)
Just a gallery of pictures of the 13 new Piggies in Piggy Kingdom, they all arrived on Saturday the 7th of September, 12 of them from an ex breeder and one from a pet home, all in good health, soon some of them will be offered for adoption.
Meet Alan & Steve, two very chunky, well cared for boars but very skittish. Elderly couple brought him in as they couldn't take care of them any longer, they made an over an hour journey to get to Piggy Kingdom and we decided to keep them simply because my son has fallen in love with them so they will join his Ship of Pirate Piggies!
Lots of new PIGtures of Peaches and Lilly (click on the picture to open their profile page), a lovely pair of short haired sows available for adoption. They came in September 2012, required a bit of attention due to scurvy (caused by lack of vit c in their diet), now they are ready for their new loving pet home, indoor much preferred. Who'd like to adopt them?
Four days into January and we have 4 new rescue Piggies and 1 Bunny. The rabbit will be photographed tomorrow, pictures of the Pigs below.
If you can, please donate any amount that suits you, we don't want to say no to any Guinea Pig or Rabbit that needs to be taken in, whatever is the reason, in this case the owners couldn't cope with 2 pairs of boars who fell out with each other and the Bunny who was squashing their Netherland Dwarf pet rabbit, on top of that one job was lost in the family and pet budget had to be minimized. Quite often Piggy Kingdom is the last resort, tomorrow we'll have 3 more Piggies coming in. We want to be able to say 'yes, we can accept them' next time sm asks. Please donate!
Heracles, he came in the same cage with Herbert, the silver agouti chinchilla marked boar but they definitely don't get on with each other at all and should have been separated ages ago. Heracles has a developing bumblefoot, looks like an injury caused by the boys fighting, he was treated for it with few drops of tea tree oil mixed in with olive oil. All of them were treated for parasites as a precaution anyway, though Heracles needs a full treatment, he's also mildly infested.
Herbert, silver agouti chinchilla marked boar with longer hair on his bum. He's worse off out of the 4 'H' boys. He was in the same cage with Heracles, the Teddy boar, and got bitten by him severely... Large scab on his ear, numerous fresh scabs on his back, around his mouth, runny nose, he's the thinnest of them all and has worse mange mite infestation. I'm glad they all are in Piggy Kingdom now!
Helmut, he's very skittish but that could be caused by mange mites (flaky skin and small scratch scabs on his back) and most probably fungal infection on his nose. He didn't get on with Heliodor and they are separated. It looks like he has a bit of roaning on him otherwise he's just a black and white very handsome Pig.
Heliodor, lovely boy, he's got a white marking on his head otherwise it's a very strange colour, golden, sort of...some of his coat is agouti colour with dark tips and in places golden looks more like very dark buff and there is no clear distinction between agouti and the rest, so no patches, it's all mixed in. He's very unique!
Meet Kaito & Chiyo, two lovely young boars, they came in just today! I was informed they are around 6 months old now so still young boars. They are lovely and healthy boys and it will be very difficult to let them go, I may keep them just for a while to enjoy their company. When time comes for them to go to a loving pet home, only an indoor household will be considered for those to boys. They lived indoors since they were purchased at a garden centre at a very young age of around 8 weeks, now they are inside as well while staying in Piggy Kingdom. I will observe them for few weeks to see how they get on, they are bonded together but seem to have a bit of a power struggle, maybe because of the new environment and kids fussing around them, right now they are munching their pellets and shredding newspaper with which I lined their cage. Not much else to say, lovely, happy boys!
We've got 7 new Guinea Pigs and 2 Bunnies, all came in within last week...
Those three boys came in on Saturday the 8th, they were a result of irresponsible pet shop owner from Welshpool who sold 2 very young pregnant sows to unsuspecting people who just wanted a pair of pet Guinea Pigs to take care of and they ended up with 3 more little boys they couldn't keep. I was informed there were more pups born but not all survived, mums were only 2 months old when they were purchased, way to early to have pups, they are still youngsters at that age and need to grow their own bodies not produce a next generation! Conclusion is simple, never buy sows from pet shops, pet shop owners cannot and will not guarantee them not being pregnant, some of them are backyard breeders themselves, keeping boar in with the sow without break risking young baby sows to be mated at very early age.
Boys are called P, Q, R, P&Q will be available for adoption in January 2013, R is being paired up with an older boar and both will be available for adoption in February 2013 if all goes well.
Those two sows came in on the 9th of December 2012, their cage was awfully dirty and required scrubbing down thoroughly, thankfully apart from being quite jumpy they seem to be ok, only a bit thin. They need more time to settle in and become more friendly, they are hard to catch at the moment.
What a ridiculous reason to give those two boys up! They are...gays!!! Even worse vet couldn't help them, maybe some therapy for them then? Nah, I think they can be what they want here in Piggy Kingdom. Those two have not been regularly treated for parasites, himi boy (the white one) has few nasty scabs, the black boy is less affected. Guinea Pigs are prey animals and they will hide pain and illnesses even if they suffer a lot and mange mites cause them a lot of pain and itchiness as they burrow under the skin, scabs appear from scratching. When it gets really bad they could even die from the shock, it really drives them crazy. Those two are very jumpy and on the edge, we'll see how they behave when mites don't bother them any longer. They should be available for adoption at the end of February 2013 once their coat grows back.
This is Lobster, he came in on Saturday the 8th of December together with another Bunny, both had horribly overgrown nails, Lobster is very touchy, one can't pick him up without him kicking around like mad. He will have to be neutered before we can offer him to a new pet home and we need help with the vet bill for that. Please donate if you can. Please have a look at our HOW CAN YOU HELP page to see what we need on regular basis.
This Bunny came in with the one above, we called him Jupiter, he's a neutered male, the boys don't get on well at all and they need to be kept separately, until Lobster is neutered, if they still won't get on they will be rehomed separately.
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To see nails so badly overgrown is very depressing, it's quick and easy to cut nails plus they never grow that long if animals are allowed to run free not just get stuck in cages or hutches. Please remember to provide a bit more, not just basic care, they need a full bowl, place to live AND your time, attention, love. Live animals are not stuffed toys that can be left in the corner and nothing happens to them, they depend on their owner entirely and they deserve to have better quality of life than that. Overgrown nails may not seem so bad to people but Bunnies and Guinea Pigs walk on all their paws, when their nails are long or curled up simply every step hurts. It's not acceptable to leave them suffer unnecessary like that.
Barry was brought in on Sunday the 18th of November, he's an older boar, at least 4 years old. He lost his companion and the owners didn't want to continue getting Guinea Pigs and though it was unfair of Barry to be alone. Due to age and impaction problem he'll remain in Piggy Kingdom for the rest of his life, he also has few scabs on his back which look like mange mite problem rather than chronic skin illness as it was described to me. He's been treated for parasites with bimectin and I apply tea tree cream to his sore skin three times a day. In no time he should be as good as new.