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Obesity in your guinea pig

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Caroline Blake


Obesity in your guinea pig

Wild guinea pigs engage in a range of activities that require significant energy expenditure. They have to forage for food and remain constantly alert to danger. When a danger presents itself, they will flee to the nearest burrow for shelter. They will also use up energy just keeping warm during the colder months. By contrast, the average pet guinea pig does not have to forage for food and is indulged with treats. This, coupled with the fact that pet guinea pigs exercise little, predisposes them to fat gain. The deposition of fat reserves can lead to a guinea pig becoming overweight. Further fat deposition may start impacting on a guinea pig’s health, at which point the guinea pig is said to be obese.

Neutered guinea pigs, in particular, are more susceptible to weight gain

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