DEAR Elaine, I have a two-year-old guinea pig called Boris who has bright pink eyes. I am really worried. Shouldn’t only white animals have pink eyes? It can be normal for a guinea pig’s eyes to be quite pink, but if the skin around your guinea pig’s eyes has turned pink recently, this can indicate problems like infection or eye damage. Hay seeds and pieces of straw can quite commonly find their way into a guinea pig’s eye. Often with eye damage the guinea pig’s eyelids become swollen, and the eye muscles spasm so the eye is always closed. The eye may also be very watery. Alternatively, it could be that your guinea pig has some conjunctivitis, or inflammation of the eyelid lining. A vet needs to examine your guinea pig’s eye, determine the cause and carry out any appropriate treatment.
DEAR Elaine, I have two German Shepherds and the female always nibbles the male’s neck. He seems to like it, offering his neck to her, but occasionally she catches his skin and it hurts him. Why is she doing this and how can I stop it? Non-aggressive nibbling like this can be a sign that dogs are playing. Sometimes play can get a bit rough, but usually dogs realise this and then calm it down a bit. If the female dog does break his skin, contact your vet for advice as soon as possible. Also, if the play does develop into aggressive interaction, then your dogs may need to see a behaviourist – your vet can advise you on this.
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