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Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Guinea Pig

March 20, 2012 by  
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March is Adopt a Guinea Pig Month! At Olathe Animal Hospital, we love guinea pigs! From our veterinarians, to technicians, to receptionists, we all recognize that these furry little pets can be every bit as loved as the family dog or cat. That’s why, in honor of Adopt a Guinea Pig Month, we… Read more

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The Curious Case of the Carrot

May 18, 2010 by  
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Meet Toby. He’s a 3-year old guinea pig, and a very loved member of the family. Every day, he wakes up to a clean cage, fresh water and timothy hay, plentiful food, and–his favorite–carrots. Oh boy, does he love carrots! His “mom” gives him about 2-3 baby carrots every day, which he… Read more

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Care of Chinchillas

March 16, 2010 by  
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The chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger) is native to South America, specifically the Andes mountain ranges of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.  Wild populations of chinchillas are thought to be endangered, if not extinct, but exact studies proving the current status of these animals have not been… Read more

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Care of Guinea Pigs

December 13, 2009 by  
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Introduction Guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) are rodents native to South America and were raised by the Incas for food and for use during religious ceremonies.  Today, these animals are raised as pets and laboratory research animals.  Guinea pigs are lively, interactive, gentle pets.  They are… Read more

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Medicating Exotic Pets

December 8, 2009 by  
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You may find yourself wondering, “How do I give my _______ (parrot, hamster, guinea pig, rabbit, hedgehog, etc.) medication?” Because we see so many exotics at Olathe Animal Hospital, we are faced with this question a lot. The answer lies in compounding! Compounding is the process of taking the… Read more

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