VETS Q&A

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE - ELAINE PENDLE­BURY

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.

For more de­tails on PDSA Pet Aid Ser­vices, call 0800 7312502. To do­nate or fundraise, visit pdsa.org.uk.

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