By Dr. Laurie Hess l vetstreet.com
ThinkstockThinking of getting a pet but don't want the responsibility of a cat or a dog? How about a guinea pig? March is Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig month, so what better time to get a new pet and also help save a life?
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Guinea pigs, or "cavies," are short-tailed, rough-haired South American rodents (family Caviidae). Guinea pigs have always been one of the exotic pets I recommend most, especially for families considering a pet for the first time. Why are guinea pigs one of my favorites? Here are 10 reasons guinea pigs make great pets:
1. Guinea pigs are hardy. When cared for and fed properly, guinea pigs are generally very healthy animals. Like other pets, they can be prone to particular diseases - for example, dental disease and bladder stones in their case - but these conditions may be prevented to some degree with proper nutrition and regular medical checkups. Also, since guinea pigs are from coolRead More »from 10 Reasons Guinea Pigs Make Great Pets