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Episode 10: Realistic Guinea Pig Ownership

Guinea pigs are a popular but misunderstood pet (which is why we wrote an app for them!), and a lot of their behaviour stems from their evolutionary history. They also have unique husbandry requirements that are important for keeping them healthy.

Nicole and Jez discuss the most important things to know with pet guinea pigs, as well as why they behave like they do.


Edis, A. and Pellett, S., 2018. Veterinary care of guinea pigs. Part 1: husbandry, stabilisation and diagnostics. Companion Animal, 23(11), pp.649-657.

Fawcett, A., 2011. Management of husbandry‐related problems in guinea pigs. In Practice, 33(4), pp.163-171.

Richardson, V., 2021. Care of guinea pigs. Veterinary Nursing Journal, 26(11), pp.447-449.

Wills, A., 2020. Impact of husbandry on the welfare of pet guinea pigs in the UK. Veterinary Record, 186(9), pp.279-281.

The Tiny Vet Podcast

By Dr Nicole Su & Jez Watts

A very small podcast about big animal issues. Weekly episodes hosted by Dr Nicole Su (BSc. BVMS MANZCVS Unusual Pets).

Dr Nicole Su is a veterinarian, Jez Watts is a comedian-biotechnologist, and together they discuss commonly misunderstood topics in the pet and vet world. They live with three rabbits who are their children.

Presented by Upilio Pty Ltd.

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