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Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

Did you know that July 16th is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day? These little balls of fur make adorable pets, and definitely deserve to be appreciated. Read on as a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan vet offers some tips on how to pamper your pint-sized pal on his special day.

Toys

Guinea pigs are super playful, and love toys. Offer your miniature furball some new playthings. You don’t have to spend a fortune on your pet’s things. Many household items—particularly wood, wicker, and cardboard items—can make wonderful toys. Look online for specific ideas. Just be sure to avoid items with small parts, sharp edges, or dangling threads, as well as anything painted or dyed.

Treats

Like any other pet, Guinea pigs love treats. You can give the little guy fresh veggies, such as celery and cucumber. Small amounts of fruit, such as apple, banana, melon, grapes, and kiwis are fine too. Don’t overboard with fruits, though: they are very high in sugar, and can be quite acidic. Guinea pigs can enjoy certain herbs, including basil, caraway, chamomile, and lavender. Rose hips are an excellent treat, and are rich in Vitamin C, which is essential to cavies. Certain branches, such as pear, hazelnut, and currant, are also safe, as long as they have been properly cleaned. Just be sure to always research new foods before offering them to your tiny furball. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice, including safe and unsafe foods, suitable treats, serving sizes, and feeding frequency of specific foods.

Playtime

Guinea pigs spend lots of time in their cages, and often love having free time. Take your little buddy out for a fun play session. Fill a bag with hay, and put a few treats beneath the hay. Then, let your furball root and dig. Another option is to set out several tunnels for your pet, and let him run and explore.

Cuddle Time

Spend some quality time with your cavy: pet him, play with him, and let him snuggle up with you if he wants. Many Guinea pigs love snoozing on their owners’ laps! If your furry friend is shy, offer him lots of food and toys to make him more comfortable. Your tiny friend may also enjoy a massage!

Please reach out to us, your local Saskatoon, Saskatchewan pet hospital, with any questions about Guinea pig care. We are always here to help!

Stem Cell Therapy for Pets

You’ve likely heard of stem cell therapy for people, and the amazing potential it has. However, did you know that stem cell therapy is now available for pets? Here, an East College Park, Saskatchewan vet discusses this modern medical treatment.

What Are Stem Cells?

In a nutshell, stem cells are cells that are ‘blank pages.’ These cells can develop into many different types of cells, such as blood vessels, bones, cardiac tissue, fat, ligaments, liver tissue, muscles, nerves, or tendons. This versatility makes stem cell therapy particularly beneficial. Stem cells can be used to heal damaged tissue, soothe pain, promote new tissue growth, and reduce inflammation, and, in veterinary medicine, to help improve pets’ range of motion. They have also been shown to have high potential for treating several medical conditions, such as leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood disorders.

How Can Stem Cell Therapy Help Pets?

Stem cell therapy may help reduce lameness and joint pain in pets, and is often used to treat dogs with osteoarthritis. The treatments can be utilized to treat bone/joint injuries, certain spinal cord injuries, and damaged tendons or ligaments. In the future, stem cell therapy may also be used to help pets with chronic diseases, autoimmune troubles, liver and kidney problems, and other health issues.

How Does It Work?

The procedure uses stem cells that are taken from bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, or fat. These cells are then cultivated in a lab, and injected into a certain area. Your furry friend’s own stem cells can be used, but it may also be possible to use the cells of another animal.

Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

One great thing about stem cell therapy is that it’s very safe. The fact that the therapy typically uses your pet’s own stem cells greatly reduces any risk of rejection. Another benefit is that pets only require minimal recovery care. That said, stem cell therapy is not necessarily the best solution for every dog or cat. Every pet is different, and treatment is always offered on a case-by-case basis. If you think your furry buddy may benefit from stem cell therapy, ask your vet for more information. It never hurts to find out more!

Do you have questions about stem cell therapy for pets? Please contact us, your local East College Park, Saskatchewan pet clinic. We are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care.