Caring For Your Pet Naturally and Holistically
Sep 14 2013
As cute and lovable as guinea pigs can be, one must remember that a guinea pig is an animal first and foremost. Therefore, when a guinea pig feels threatened, he will use any resource that he has to protect himself, including his teeth. Feeling threatened isn’t the only cause for a guinea pig biting, however.
First, most guinea pigs actually won’t bite you, unless they have a very good reason – according to them – for doing so. They are not inherently mean animals, and in fact, they have no desire to hurt you at all. Guinea pigs are quite gentle actually. So, if your guinea pig bites, it is important for you to discover why he is biting.
First, guinea pigs do not like to be held or carried in certain ways. Ideally, when you hold or carry a guinea pig, you will hold him in a way that makes him feel safe and secure. This includes holding him against your body, and not carrying him in a way that leaves his abdomen exposed. He simply wants to feel safe, and he may bite you if he doesn’t.
He may also bite even if you are holding or carrying him correctly, but he will do this because he needs to urinate, and he can’t – because you are holding him. They may also bite if you’ve held them longer than they think you should. They simply want to be put down, and if their fidgeting doesn’t get you to do what they want, they will get more insistent, by biting.
Often, if a guinea pig has mites or skin irritations, he may nip you if you touch those spots. This is because touching irritated spots actually causes pain, and this is his only way of saying ‘ouch.’ If the irritation is really bad, he may even try to bite you if you pet him. Again, find out what the cause is, and correct it. In most cases, mites or other skin irritations needs treatment from the veterinarian. Also, note that mites cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Some parts of the guinea pig are naturally sensitive, and he may bite you if you touch them. Most guinea pigs don’t want you to touch their rear ends. Sore joints are another reason why your guinea pig may bite you. Again, have him checked by a veterinarian to find the cause of the biting.
Other things that may cause a guinea pig to bite include grooming practices, and being petted in the opposite direction that his hair grows. He may also be unhappy in general, due to housing, food, or attention that is inadequate. Young guinea pigs may bite, simply because they don’t know any better.
While most guinea pigs are not natural biters, there are some who simply have aggressive behavior – for no apparent reason. If you cannot find any other cause for biting, this is the diagnosis that you must come to, and you will have to determine whether or not you can live with a guinea pig who is a biter, although you should try to correct this behavior.
Just like humans, domesticated animals like dogs and cats are affected by the health hazards of modern living. Pollution, poor nutrition, stress and unhealthy lifestyles can lead to a variety of illnesses and conditions that are very similar to those experienced by humans.
In fact, many, if not most pet health concerns can be addressed by helping your pets to live a healthier lifestyle. While it has its place, conventional medicine for animals and ‘modern technology’ have failed our pets in many ways.
According to pet expert and author CJ Puotinen, most holistic veterinarians and animal health care professions list annual vaccinations and commercial pet foods as the major contributory cause in the rising rates of chronic illness in pets today. This has led many veterinarians to search for alternatives and to espouse more holistic methods of keeping our pets healthy.
Natural remedies for humans have been used with great effect for the pets in the family. Therefore, how could the need for remedies especially designed and formulated for pets, with pet friendly doses and remedies which could be easily administered to dogs and cats, be ignored?
Out of this obvious need was born PetAlive – a range of herbal, homeopathic and nutraceutical remedies to help with a variety of ailments commonly experienced by pets. Formulated by a clinical psychologist, all PetAlive remedies are pharmaceutically manufactured to the highest standards, are 100% guaranteed, safe and effective to help your pet battle common illnesses and ailments and maintain optimum health.