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Tara - 2011-02-06
I have a very sick opossum. We have spent hundreds of dollars and have even traveled to the only exotic vet in our Province. It started with a white spot on his eye and 1 swollen toe then progressed to 3 swollen paws and a slightly swollen tail. We have been giving him an antibiotic oral and topical in his eye and also an antinflamatory eye drop. His paws have gone back to normal but now his tail is very crooked with swollen spots. I have changed his environment to a more humid and warm. I am at a loss and so are all the vets we have seen. We had blood work done and everything came back healthy except an elevated white blood cell count which they said was because of the swelling. Does anyone know what I can do and do opossums have allergies?

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  • Alana - 2011-04-12
    How old is your opposum? Maybe you should try changing his food around, it's possible he might be allergic to something you're feeding him?
  • leah - 2014-06-07
    Try giving it Immunocal.
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GARY - 2011-01-16
How long do skinny pigs live?

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  • anonymouse - 2011-07-01
    5-6 years. Mine died in about 10 months though ):
  • penny - 2014-06-03
    I think its about 6 years that skinny guinea pigs live.
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Terrie Lyn Nutter - 2014-05-27
I have a Gray Squirrel called Ms Chips, or Chippers. I got her from a local vet when she was about a year old, Whoever had found her as a baby did not do any research as to how to properly feed an infant squirrel, therefore without supplemental calcium on a daily basis she would be deathly sick from metabolic bone disease, She is not releasable. She is the most dearest and lovable of creatures. I feed her a very varied diet, including Hibiscus flowers, various greens, fruit, lettuce, shredded wheat, fruit and nut wild bird food. I spend my early autumn days collecting pine cones and acorns for her, and when the mixed nuts come out in the grocery stores, I buy about ten pounds of them for her. I freeze the majority and give her two to three a day and they usually last her the season until the come out again, In the spring when the neighbors trim their oak trees I collect several logs for her to chew on because she likes the green inner bark, she also likes Mahogany tree seed pods and whole coconuts which she destroys with great pleasure. For her metabolic bone disease she gets a fruit tums every other day and has a vast array of bones and deer antler to chew on for her calcium, she is quite artistic and has left remnants of bone with very pleasing designs. She sleeps in a wooden nest box which she has remodeled to her likes, she also has a cloth pouch hanging on the side of her cage which she also sleeps in. She has a great deal of toys to amuse her including hanging bird toys and stuffed animals which she likes to wrestle with and sleep on. She is housed in a Critter Nation with a deep pan on the bottom filled with aspen shavings. She has perches and branches to climb on including rope swings and ladders. She comes out to play daily and loves to play with my dog. I would never keep a baby squirrel if I found one outside, I would take it to a rehabilitation center to be raised and released back into the wild where they belong, but Chippers needs human intervention in order to survive. When the vet gave me Chips I already had another injured squirrel, and I told him I would give her a good loving home for as long as she lived and I must be doing something right because Ms. Chips turned fourteen years old in April 2014, and shows no indication of slowing down, and I love her dearly.

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Lola - 2004-01-21
Hi. I have had a New Zealand White buck.It was the most wonderful experience! He could allow me to do anything to him, it was like having a dog and a cat at the same time, but even better!
People usually do not know much about rabbits and assume they are pretty stupid. In fact, rabbits, expecially New Zealand bunnies, are full of big surprizes that are yet to be discovered, although we all who have pet bunnies know better than anybody else what a wonderful,loving,funny, and very intelligent a bunny can be as a pet.
If this is your first time, go with a New Zealand baby: besides ruby eyes, thick fur, and adorable ears, you will discover a big bunny to wrap your arms around, and you may find yourself one very special day being trapped by this creature nose to nose with you, breathing peacefully and that is one of the most plesurable experiences you can ever have! In addition, The New Zealand is a greatfull creature and a very generous kisser, which makes him totally irresistable. The only problem with this bun is after he is gone, you can hardly find a replacement for it is impossible to replace a friend, and a friend is a true word for a bunny like that!
Lola.

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  • matt - 2014-05-27
    Definitely know the feeling, we had a mini rex who was my lil bud. When he passed we got two new Zealand's brother and sister lol, although when we got them they didn't tell us the girl was pregnant now we have four but they're a great breed but the male allows you to pick him up.
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Anonymous - 2010-01-08
So cute! I want a chinchilla so bad, but I can't decide between a chinchilla or a bunny.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-26
    Take the chinchilla. Bunnies are a pain!
  • emma - 2010-03-04
    Bunnys are good pets and are almost the same as a chinchilla, except chinchillas are way softer. I have had experience from both and if I had to chose I would pick the bunny. They like to cuddle and sleep in your arms and chinchillas don't. but it is your choice.
  • Cooper - 2010-04-06
    Get A Chinchilla. They Are A lot Cuter And They Love To Play. Don't Let Them Near Dogs Though. They Like To Get Out Of Their Cage Every Night To Play And Bounce Around
    (make sure all doors are closed before letting it out or it could be a struggle to find it)

    Also only let it in the living room (lounge) Chinchillas Like To Go Under The Sofa And Hop Up Onto The Sofa.
    Keep the cage door open so it is free to go into the cage at anytime it wants. (only keep it open when it is allowed out) :) hope i've persuaded you to get a CHINCHILLA! They are better than bunnies.
  • shan - 2010-07-11
    Get a chin... rabbits stink bad...but beware when letting him run around they chew everything,, furniture and mostly wires! Fire hazards...like tv cords! Keep a close eye on him specially if he is hiding.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-05
    Get a chinchilla they are adorable!
  • Ramona - 2011-02-06
    Get a chinchilla. They are clean and do not smell like bunnies do. They also do not procreate as bunnies do. I have had both. You can litter train bunnies and let them run through your house. But hands down I would have my chinchilla Chuppa any day:)
  • eleanor clark - 2013-04-26
    Get both I have 2 rabbits 3 chinchillas 2 guinea pigs dog cat and budgie and the all get along fine the rabbits are in hutches in my shed and the chins and guinea pigs are in the house.
  • Milla - 2013-05-04
    I have a bunny and if you are intrested in how soft the fur is, then I know a type of bunny (well my bunny is that type) A 'mini rex' would be perfect for you! If you look at the bunny types on this website it will say 'mini rex.' Read about it and you will find out why I told you to get one (look out for how they describe the fur, it's true what they say!)....
  • Lydia - 2014-05-27
    TOTALLY GET THE CHINCHILLA! No questions asked, best decision you'll ever make!
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Ella - 2012-10-04
Hi! I have a 19-year old chinchilla and because of his age I'm constantly prepared for him to die in the near future. My male chinchilla used to have a female companion, unfortunately she died this spring 20 years old. My male have this past week been acting strange, in the nights he is constantly digging so that all the bedding is put in a big pile while half of the cage (of where he've moved his bedding from) is empty. Some say that it is because they are too hot but he never lay in the empty spot, instead he's laying in the pile? He is also moving his foodbowl and throwing food out of it, although he also seem to eat much more at the same time. I need to fill the bowl more often than I used to. He has been acting this way the past 1-2 weeks now, according to my family his female companion used to behave the same way her last week before she got sick and just sat in a corner not moving nor eating, should I assume that my chinchilla will die soon because of the new behavior? :( Sure he is 19 years old so he's reaaally old, but he's had his ups and downs and has always gotten better...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-04
    There is no way to know.  He might just be having a good time.  He's eating more, essentially excercising more, rearraging his habitat - possibly just having fun.  Or possibly they know when the time is and they put all in order but I would look at it like he is just having fun.
  • Lydia - 2014-05-27
    I'm sorry to hear this about your chinchilla! Have you tried taking him to a vet or chinchilla expert? Professionals can always help you. Maybe he can be treated, but if you know for sure that he's up to his last days, make sure he's happy while he's alive.
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Jennifer Ashley - 2009-10-26
Raising "Baby Piglet" a squirrels' tale...........
I found Baby under our oak tree 8/11/09. She was pink,hairless, and her umbilical was still wet. Poor baby had fallen 50ft from a leaf nest and was bruised but active and wiggling around. She wouldnt have lasted long with the cats nearby so I had to take her. Like most people I had no clue as what to do. I contacted local rehabbers and none would take her. They told me she would die or they didnt have the time and resources to care for a "pinkie". I finally found someone to give me care instructions.
For weeks I did feedings every 2 hours round the clock....no sleep.....but worth it. It is amazing to watch your baby grow and develop from a pinkie to getting fur and then: they open those sweet eyes. She's is fat and healthy and looks like a proper squirrel now and just begining to eat some solids.
I found lots of advice online....some good....some bad....and some scary. If you decide to care for an orphan baby here is a list of things you should know.

First found...... check your baby for injuries ( broken bones, lacerations, bruising, animal bites) the baby may appear fine but could have internal damage. if hurt call your local vet or rehabber.

your baby will be cold......warm them gently in your hands. a warm baby is actively wiggling when awake (never feed a cold baby you will kill it)

Dehydration.....your baby may be dehydrated. gently pull skin and if it doesnt spring back your baby needs fluids. Pedialyte works great (never gatorade) you can make your own pedialyte. mix 1 quart water 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt. feed with eye dropper at room temp.

the baby bed........ I had to get creative because I have a dog,cat,birds, and kids running around. I cleaned out a drawer in my night stand. placed a heating pad on the bottom and covered that with a towel. The heating pad should be on its lowest setting. this way i could keep her in a safe dark warm place. I used white towels so they could be bleached and kept sanitary for baby.

formulas...... Never feed baby cows milk! youll kill it. the fat in cows milk is too big for your baby to digest. Most reccomend puppy milk that you can get at your local pet store. But I found a cheaper formula. Meyenburgs goats milk !
you can find it at any grocer at the milk case or evaporated even dry powder. I used the dry powder and mixed it with plain unflavored yogurt. 2 parts milk to 1 part yogurt mix well. ( use blender) I would mix up a weeks worth at a time so i always had fresh milk available. Fill up several eye droppers so they get to room temp before feeding......rinse and fill again after feedings and milk will be at room temp by next feeding. I let her fed until she was full and fall asleep. They do like to wiggle around when feeding and you must feed them slowly or they will aspirate (inhale) the formula. pat milk away from face when they start bubbling milk from nose and wait a minute before finishing feeding.

Going potty.......after each feeding your baby needs help to go potty. I placed my baby on clean washcloth and with a dry Q-tip...gently stroke genitals until baby goes. You can shake the lil poops in the trash and wash the towel. (Baby will needs lots of towels and I found its cheaper to buy a large pack of wash clothes for feedings and potty rather than paper towels) say go potty every time you do this so you can housebreak baby later.

Introduce solids.....once your babys eyes are open and starts to get a bushy tail you can start introducing solids. If your baby sees you eat it they will want to try it. Bananas work great, split grapes,apple slices. let them eat their fill and still give their regular milk feeding.

I hope some of this will help someone.!

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  • oversweet10 - 2011-08-10
    Thanks for all the info! I rescued a baby squirrel 3 days ago. She is about 5-6 wks old I think and is thriving. My question for you....Sometimes she just wants to eat fruit and nuts ie, bananas, pine nuts, almonds, etc. and doesn't want the milk as much. Should I slowly stop giving it to her or how would I go about doing this? Also I am afraid she might exasperate. :(

    ~Janelis
  • kathy staggs - 2012-03-01
    I've had my baby about two weeks and he seems to be doing well. I've read everything I could find on the net and you all seem to have the best advice. My son said to name him Phillip but I call him little Phill. He is the sweetest little thing, I can rub under his chin and he holds his hand out so I can rub more lol. Any way just thought I'd share .
  • arghya - 2013-07-25
    Thanks for such great info.
  • Nutjob - 2014-05-24
    Wow omg were can you buy one?
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Jules - 2014-05-05
Hi, I have a pet mouse who's name is Jasmine. She has a lump on her side for 4 days. She seems happy and active. But today she must have bit at it and it's now bleeding. She still eats and runs on her wheel. I am cleaning her cage and going to wipe her wound with warm cloth. What is this lump and why is she trying to bite it off? Help please.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-05-06
    Mice are very prone to cancer lumps... especially as they get older. How old is she? How big is the bump? If it continues to get larger you can take her into the vet to have it removed if you are worried, but many times if they get one lump, they will later get more lumps. I like her name, by the way :)
  • Meghan - 2014-05-20
    I don't really know much about lumps, but my mouse had a lump on her eye once... Sadly she died, because I wasn't able to take her to the vet. But don't be worried, take Jasmine to the vet and she'll probably get better with the medicine that the doctor gives her! =) I hope she gets better soon, she sounds very cute. :)
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Meghan - 2014-05-20
Hi, I have a mouse named Christina... And she's VERY HEALTHY. But please tell me some 'expert tips' on how to keep her in SUPER condition, because I love her and want the best food and care. I clean her cage every 3 weeks, give her a food cube every day with a two wads of lettuce for health. (Don't worry, they're very small pieces. I don't want her to have runny poo!) She lives with her sister, named Carmen. Carmen shares the lettuce, and I help my younger sister feed her her daily cubes. They get plenty of exercise and love to be held... Even if we've only had them for a day! O.O I'm almost 13 years old, and I love mice! They seem to be the best rodent for our family. :) Thanks! Please answer soon, I need to know what veggies and fruits most mice like best. (Because they don't really like the lettuce)

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Jennifer - 2010-05-01
I have an abyssinian guinea pig and his name is Spicy. He lives up to his name.
I have him trained to go into a cuddle cup when I am going to pick up to move him out of his cage to let him play. I put it down on the ground and he hops right in to go back. I also taught him to give kisses. I say can I get a kiss and he lifts his snout if he is in the mood.


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  • Sara - 2010-07-17
    Hello Jennifer,
    It sounds like you know heaps about Abyssinian Guinea Pigs, and I need a lot of idea's of how to keep one. I might be buying one next year and I need all the help I can get. I'm scared it won't like me or will run away, or poo a lot in my house, and then my house will get all smelly and mum won't like that!
    Any help?

    Sara, age 10
  • Anonymous - 2014-05-18
    Deer Sarah don't be scared of the gp not liking you it will be nervous at first but if you spend time with it, it should bond with you:-) You will have to clean it's cage around once a week, also you should do lots of research on the breed before buying it and properly consider a cage mate (OF THE SAME SEX):-) :-)
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