Urinary Tract Infections in Guinea Pigs

urinary tract infection guinea pig

Uh oh. Is that blood on your guinea pig bedding? ​Don't panic yet. Very young piggies often have a brown tint to ​their pee. Also, urine sometimes ​can look orange as it dries, due to the oxidation of porphyrins. What has she been eating lately? Certain foods, like beets, can temporarily tint the urine, too. 

Still panicking? It was worth a try. The best way to check for the presence of blood (before you can get to a vet), is to put your guinea pig on white towels. You can also feed extra watery veggies like cucumber and put them in an open, sterile container afterward in hopes of collecting a good urine sample. Pour a little hydrogen peroxide on the pee in question. If it bubbles, it suggests there is blood present and you could be dealing with a urinary tract infection (UTI).

​Is your guinea pig at risk?

Some guinea pigs are more prone to UTIs than others. Urinary tract infections are more common in females due to their shorter urethras, but the fellas aren't off the hook. Known for being vertically challenged, it's not far fetched some bacteria would find its way up where it doesn't belong due to guinea pigs' bottoms' close proximity to the cage floor.

UTIs are infamous for returning. If your guinea pig gets one, watch them closely for signs of it rearing its head again a few weeks, months, or even years later. ​Even if no blood is present, a constantly wet bottom/belly and/or squeaking when going to the bathroom is an obvious sign something is up. 

​Could it be something else?

​Blood in the urine - if confirmed it is in fact blood - is never normal. Guinea pigs shouldn't bleed during "that time of the month," either. Blood can, however, be a sign of a serious problem with the reproductive organs, like a uterine infection known as pyometra. Blood and pain when peeing can also be symptoms of dreaded bladder stones.

In most cases, you'll be crossing your fingers at the vet for a UTI diagnosis, as the alternatives often require surgery. Your vet will probably start with a urinalysis to look for blood, bacteria, and white blood cells in the urine. Because the symptoms of bladder stones, interstitial cystitis, and urinary tract infections are so similar, your vet should take an X-ray (two views) to make sure there are no stones present. UTIs and stones can both make a cavy more prone to developing the other, so it's not out of the question she's been hit with a double whammy.

It's definitely a UTI...now what?

Congratulations! First, praise your guinea for her lack of stone formation. Now, let's tackle the problem. Your vet may want to do a urine culture to see what bacteria is causing the ​infection. Because prey animals hide illness so well and can go downhill quickly, your vet will probably prescribe antibiotics while waiting on results. Bactrim (trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole) usually works well on bladder infections in guinea pigs and is prescribed as a first means of defense, although there are other safe antibiotic choices.

​Symptoms should improve within a few days of starting treatment. If they continue or get worse, ask your vet about switching medications. Even if your guinea pig's symptoms clear up and she's back to her normal self right away, it's important to continue the antibiotics for at least two weeks. Sometimes, it takes more than a month to allow the bladder walls to heal and really knock out the bacteria hiding in there. If the medicine is stopped too soon, the bladder infection is likely to return.

Your vet may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug like meloxicam, which will also take care of pain she may be experiencing. Pain control in guinea pigs is super important. Small animals in pain may stop eating, which can cause a host of complications. Eating (especially guinea pig hay) and drinking normally is just as important for a smooth recovery.

She's cured! Are we off the hook?

Most UTIs when treated promptly will clear up without issue, but that doesn't mean they won't return. To lessen the chances of getting future UTIs, keep the cage extra clean and also encourage her to drink as much as possible. Coupled with getting plenty of exercise during floor time, staying hydrated ideally ​flushes out bacteria before it can hang around too long in the bladder and cause problems. 

While it shouldn't be used alone to treat an active bladder infection, you can dilute 100% unsweetened cranberry juice and offer via syringe ​to prevent UTIs. You can even try offering it in a second water bottle if she likes the taste. A D-mannose supplement may also offer some protection for those pigs prone to chronic urinary tract infections. If your guinea pig is also high-risk due to ​interstitial ​cystitis or bladder sludge, a little vegan glucosamine powder offered regularly can soothe irritated bladder walls, discouraging both bacteria and crystals from settling in to multiply. You may also want to talk to your vet about herbs like shilintong. 

Learn what's normal - and not - for your guinea pig. Like any problem, urinary tract infections are most easily treated when caught early. And, hay, silver lining...it's not a bladder stone!

Do Guinea Pigs Need to be Spayed/Neutered?

Should a guinea pig be spayed or neutered?

Spaying and neutering is now a well-known and accepted practice to prevent both health and behavioral issues in dogs, cats, and even rabbits. It’s a little more complicated when it comes to guinea pigs, however. Surgery of any kind in guinea pigs is still considered fairly risky. It’s important for us, as owners, to address every surgery with consideration of dangers and benefits when spaying or neutering your guinea pig.

Is it necessary to spay/neuter guinea pigs?

Guinea pigs don’t need to be routinely spayed and neutered unless there is an underlying reason – the most obvious being to prevent pregnancy. It is largely an elective procedure so a male and female can live together. Because it takes time for live sperm to die and work its way out of the system, wait at least a month before letting the male and female interact. Some vets recommend six or even up to eight weeks to be 100% sure the female won’t still wind up pregnant.

While de-sexing other animals usually has a positive effect on behavior, guinea pigs are the exception. Neutering a gentlepig will make him no less aggressive (or, ahem, “passionate”) and will not change his behavior toward other males or females. If he doesn’t like his fellow roomies now, neutering won’t change this.

With all this being said, it is worth noting that for particularly well-endowed fellas, neutering may decrease the chance of impaction later in life. It may also reduce waxy scent gland build-up (although, psst … a dab of coconut oil is a way more affordable solution).

Spay the female or neuter the male?

Spaying a female guinea pig is usually considered more risky than neutering a male because it is more invasive. Not only does it require more time under anesthesia, but is involves making an incision through the abdomen and removing that ladypig’s internal organs. Some exotic veterinarians are now recommending an ovariectomy with flank incisions, where only the ovaries are removed. However, if she already has ovarian cysts (common in sows over three years old), a full spay is usually still needed to prevent future uterine tumors.

While neutering a male cavy is generally considered safer, removing the female sex organs means she won’t get ovarian cysts or uterine tumors in the future – an obvious health benefit. Guinea pigs that develop problems with the reproductive organs may need to be spayed regardless. Signs to watch for include hair loss on either side of the belly, a sensitive abdomen, prolonged moodiness, mammary tumors, crusty nipples, and incontinence/discharge.

Considerations before surgery

Guinea pigs are more susceptible to anesthesia reactions, stress, and infections. Medications used before, during, and after surgery can decrease appetite and slow down the gut. A pig in pain may not show interest in guinea pig food or grass hay, which is essential for digestion, making it even more challenging to prevent GI stasis.

Guinea pigs cannot maintain their core body temperature well during surgery; the large surface area to volume ratio of small rodents increases this risk. An experienced exotic vet should monitor a guinea pig’s temperature, along with other vitals, during and after surgery. For the first few days after recovery, you may need to keep the room warmer than usual, and syringe-feed around the clock.

Questions to ask the vet

An exotic vet is absolutely essential when it comes to spaying or neutering your guinea pig. The vast majority of veterinary practices that treat dogs and cats aren’t experienced in exotic medicine. A successful surgery, and your pet’s life, can depend on identifying an excellent exotic vet. Start by asking local rescues which doc they use to treat rodents. The Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians also has a handy search tool by ZIP code. Once you find a vet to perform the procedure, be prepared to ask plenty of questions beforehand:

  • How many guinea pigs have you spayed/neutered? Over what time period?
  • What is your success rate? How do you address complications?
  • Do you fast before surgery? (Guinea pigs do not need to fast before surgery like dogs and cats.)
  • What type of anesthesia do you use? (Isoflurane gas is safest; injectable methods are not recommended for guinea pigs.)
  • How do you handle pain control?
  • Do you use antibiotics post-operatively? Which ones?
  • What are the qualifications of those responsible for monitoring the guinea pig during and after surgery? Are they familiar with the signs of complications? Will they force-feed and administer fluids if necessary during the recovery period?

 

Every guinea pig and situation is different. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to spaying or neutering your guinea pig. Talk with your exotic vet about the pros and cons of removing the sex organs for prevention, after symptoms of a health issue are present, or not at all.

 

References:

http://www.cavyspirit.com/neutering.htm

http://mgpr.org/newsite/Adopt_Foster/SpayAndNeuter.cfm

 

How Old Is My Guinea Pig?

A ladypig never reveals her age...

Guinea pigs are excellent secret keepers. You probably know if you have a baby or adolescent pig or a senior, but what about all the ages in between? With cats and dogs, it is common for a vet to estimate age by looking at teeth. However, your guinea pig’s teeth are sort of like our fingernails. They grow continuously, essentially replacing themselves over time and ensuring her secret is always safe.

Signs of Aging
A newborn guinea pig may weigh anywhere from 60 to 120 grams and be 3 to 4 inches long, depending on genetics and size of the litter. If your new guinea pig is gaining weight steadily and quickly, they are probably a few weeks to a few months old. In a matter of weeks, the little ones can double in size!

Weight gain becomes more gradual around 5 to 7 months of age. They reach their true skeletal size before one year of age, but may continue to put on weight slowly until they are about 18 months old. After this point in adulthood, it can be nearly impossible to guess their true age until they approach the senior years. While she may never let her true age slip, she may give you a few clues throughout the years.

Hint #1

If you’ve had your guinea pig since she was a baby, you’ve probably noticed changes in her nails. Baby guinea pigs have sharp little nails, but this phase doesn’t last long. Young adult guinea pigs will have straight nails. Seniors often have crooked and thicker nails. Older guinea pigs’ entire front paws may start to turn in. As guinea pigs age, white nails may start to turn yellow. This is one indication that your adult guinea pig may be closer to 4 or 5 than 2 or 3.

Hint#2

As guinea pigs age, they lose muscle tone. That’s where the classic droopy piggy donut lips come from. A loss of muscle may lead to saggy bellies and necks, but bony backs. Weight loss in senior guinea pigs isn’t unusual, but don’t immediately assume it is normal.

This loss of muscle can also affect the jaw, causing the back molars to wear unevenly and cause problems. Weight loss that's accompanied by drooling, a foul odor, an interest in food but inability to eat, dropping pellets instead of chewing them, neglecting to eat hay and tough foods like corn husks, and biting veggies into little pieces but spitting them out signifies tooth problem. A vet visit is definitely in order. Guinea pig tooth problems can be managed by an experienced exotic vet, but may need professional filing every few weeks or months for the rest of her life.  

But What's normal?
Guinea pigs have individual differences in regard to weight, shape, and hair length, so looks alone aren’t a reliable way to figure out age. Adults average around 10 to 12 inches long and weigh between 2 and 3 pounds. Just like with us humans, though, a guinea pig that is smaller or larger than these “norms” isn’t necessarily abnormal or unhealthy. Get to know what’s normal for her in terms of weight. Weighing weekly is a great way to identify health problems early.

The average lifespan for a guinea pig is about 5 to 7 years. Many vets consider four-year-old guinea pigs to be approaching their golden years, but there is no hard and fast rule. Just like us, guinea pigs age differently and at different rates.

Signs of aging appear earlier in some guinea pigs, and later in others. ​A senior guinea pig may lose muscle tone and weight. She may start to develop cataracts or osseous metaplasia in her eyes. She may become less active - fewer popcorns and more naps. Arthritis and other medical concerns may start to pop up, like dental problems. 
 

Is your guinea pig older than you thought? Younger than you thought? Still have no idea? At the end of the day, all that is important is giving her the best care and love possible for the rest of her years – however many that may be.

Additional Reading on Aging Guinea Pigs:

http://www.happycavy.com/how-to-care-for-your-old-guinea-pig/

Can Guinea Pigs Eat Rabbit Pellets?

guinea pig pellets vs. rabbit pellets

They look the same, smell the same, and taste the same (what, you don't sample?) so how bad can it be to feed guinea pigs rabbit pellets? Especially if you're a slave to both species, it seems easier to just order one or the other. Unfortunately, not all pellets are created equal. Guinea pigs have unique dietary needs and (good) pellet brands are specially formulated to provide everything they need. 

What makes a good pellet?

​Plain, timothy hay-based pellets are best for adult guinea pigs over six months old. Pellet mixes that contain colorful bits, nuts, and seeds are fattening, a choking hazard, and can encourage selective eating. Guinea pigs will tend to pick out the tasty treats, but leave behind the healthy pellets.

These icky types of pellets are also usually alfalfa-based. Alfalfa hay is high in calcium and protein. It can be a valuable addition to a baby, growing guinea pig's diet, but the rich legume can cause health issues like bladder stones and obesity if fed regularly to adults. High-fiber grass hay, like timothy or orchard, is essential for a guinea pigs' digestion. While not a replacement for long-strand, loose hay, pellets with timothy hay as the first ingredient are a healthy addition to a balanced diet. 

The issue with rabbit pellets

In addition to the qualities of a great, boring-looking pellet mentioned above, there is one more feature key to healthy guinea pig pellets. Let's hear it for stabilized vitamin C. Not any old form will do, either. 

Vitamin C degrades quickly. That's why those drops for the water are pretty much useless after a few hours. Temperature and humidity can impact the vitamin C in pellets, so proper storage is important. Stabilized vitamin C is less likely to break down, meaning these pellets will retain their nutritional value longer. L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate is a newer, modified form of ascorbic acid that is both time and heat stable, ​which means the vitamin C is available in pellets for much longer. Check those ingredient lists!

One of the main differences between a guinea pig and rabbit’s dietary needs is the addition of vitamin C. Popcorn points for the stabilized kind. Guinea pigs, like humans, are unable to make their own vitamin C. Because their bodies cant synthesize or store it, they need to receive around 10-30 mg per day through their diet. Guinea pigs that don’t get enough vitamin C are at risk for scurvy​. Rabbits don't have this same need. Lucky buns. 

The lesser of two evils

If in a pinch and you need to make a decision between a low-quality guinea pig pellet and a high-quality rabbit pellet (no antibiotics added), go with the timothy-based rabbit pellet. Adult guinea pigs just don't need the junk food that comes in many mixes. 

That being said, it's absolutely necessary to make sure guinea pigs are receiving at least 25 mg of vitamin C each day. This can be in the form of extra vitamin C-rich vegetables like bell peppers or a vegetarian chewable tablet. If going without guinea pig pellets*, both is ideal. Remember, when feeding 1/8-1/4 cup of guinea pig pellets with stabilized vitamin C in addition to a cup of fresh vegetables daily, most healthy guinea pigs will not need a supplement. ​

​*Psst. Try auto-ship and never run out of guinea pig pellets again. 

References:

https://www.dsm.com/markets/anh/en_US/Compendium/companion_animals/vitamin_C.html

https://rabbits.life/guinea-pig-food/

http://www.happycavy.com/what-can-guinea-pigs-eat/

Blueberry Lane: Good Will Ambassadors

blueberry lane rabbit chinchilla guinea pig and bird

(Don’t miss coloring page downloads at the end of chapter two!)

Chapter One

Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock sweeps the minute hand on the clock.

Rasmus rabbit nibbles the paper corner off his writing assignment.

Guinevere twirls a pencil in her long white fur.  She dreams about being a shorthaired guinea pig.  She would spend less time fixing her fur and more time playing.

Pedro taps his paw.  He is anxiously waiting to get his English report card.  He sneaks a snack of Small Pet Select Timothy hay to calm his nerves.   It tastes like the hay he had when he was a baby chinchilla in Peru.

The teacher said, “Rasmus, please read your last poetry assignment to the class.”   Rasmus lifted his head up.  He turned one tall ear to the side then quickly obeyed the teacher.   With a hop to the front of the classroom he proudly read:

One, two, three, four

 The number of bags we pack 

Small enough to fit on our back

Five, six, seven, eight, 

Steps to the train on the iron track 

See the coal smoke from the stack

Nine, ten, eleven, twelve

Ambassadors for pets who have no home

Everyone please adopt so they are not alone.

Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong rings the dismissal bell.  Cheers roar!!  All students, small to tall, rush to wish their friends a happy summer vacation!

Tilly parrot flutters around Blueberry Lane Farm.  She is waiting for Guinevere, Pedro, and Rasmus to arrive home with report cards.   Coral Bell waits by the garden gate to greet them.  She has a surprise for them.  It is a basket of fresh picked parsley and romaine.  Rasmus hops down the lane with Pedro right beside him.  They race to the door excited to eat their afterschool snack.  Meanwhile, Guinevere dilly dallies along picking wild blueberries.   Then she dilly dallies stuffing blueberries in her pack.  Then she dilly dallies to untangle her fur from off the brambles.  Then she gets home late.  She’s always late!

Using her beak, Tilly snatches everyone’s report cards from their back packs.  She flutters upstairs to the library.  Proudly she pins them on Coral Bell’s bulletin board.  Coral Bell has lots of interesting things on her bulletin board.  Tilly sees seed packets, garden notes, and pictures of herbs.

Tilly saw gold star stickers on Rasmus’s report card.  Then she saw the grades on Guinevere’s report card were scribbled out.   The scribbled ink was a different color than the teacher’s ink.   Hmm, Tilly wondered, this was odd.  Why was there scribbling?

Tilly perched on her favorite desk chair.  It has wheels on it.  When she flaps her wings, the chair spins around.  Tilly likes to wonder and think about things while the chair spins.  She remembered Rasmus won a geography contest in school.   That would explain the gold stars, she thought.   Then she remembered Guinevere got in trouble for fussing with her long fur in school.   Her fur always distracts her. Maybe she turns her work in late. Coral Bell always said “Guinevere, stop playing with your fur, you will make us late again!”   Then Tilly would sing “we’re late, we’re late, we’re late for a very important date.”

Now that it’s summer vacation, Tilly wondered if they were going on a trip.  She flapped her wings and flew from one end of the bulletin board to the other.  Yes!  There were travel plans.  Four train tickets, a list of addresses, and a schedule were pinned to the board.  Coral Bell scheduled the group to visit shelters and be ambassadors for pet adoption.   After all, Rasmus, Pedro, Guinevere, and Tilly knew what it was like to be abandoned or lost.  They all remembered a lonely life in a shelter.   They wanted to give back to the community.

Rasmus is an organized bunny.  He planned the first ambassador trip.  They had train tickets to go from Peapack to Philadelphia.  Rasmus told the others they could travel by boat or hot air balloon on the next trip.  It would be more fun that way.  And besides, there would be less traffic.

Thump.  Thump, thump.  Thump, thump, thump.  Rasmus called a group meeting.  He demanded everyone pay attention.  Everyone needs to know the important details.  Everyone needs to have their assignments.   Rasmus reminded the group he got an “A” in geography, so he assigned himself to handle maps and directions.

“Pedro, you are in charge of packing snacks and hay.  Take your time packing.  Don’t get nervous.  When you get nervous you eat too much.   Make sure you pack extra for nervous days.”

“Tilly, you are in charge of our paper stuff:  tickets and travel schedules.  You are the only one who won’t be tempted to shred them.  Don’t worry, I folded the paper stuff very small so it will fit neatly in your little pack.”   Tilly flapped in excitement.  She loved to have a purpose because it gave her confidence.

Tilly could see further than Rasmus, and she secretly wanted to fight him for the map keeper job.   After thinking it over, she decided it was more important to be a team player.

Snoring sounds came from the corner.  Oh dear, Guinevere!  She fell asleep during the important meeting!  Rasmus loudly THUMPED his foot with force.  Guinevere awoke in a startle.  Sleepy and yawning, she rubbed her dark little eyes and rolled over.  She had bed head fur.  That’s when chaos broke out.

Tilly cackled in laughter.  She flapped her green wings, and flew to her perch to get a better view.

Pedro exclaimed, “oh, señorita, your fur is el messo!  eres azul!”

Rasmus ran the bunny-500 around the library then stopped with a quick halt.   “Guinevere, your fur is blue.  There is a blueberry in your ear!   You cannot go on the train with blue fur!  Now you will have to stay home.   Instead, you can weed the garden for Coral Bell when we go to Philadelphia.”

Tears rolled down Guinevere’s cheeks.  She saw her reflection in the window glass.  Her long white fur really was blue.  There really was a plump blueberry in her ear.   Pedro was so nervous, he plucked the blueberry from Guinevere’s ear and ate it.

Tilly flew to the desk chair.  She flapped extra hard so the chair would spin for an extra-long time.  She needed extra thinking time.   All this flapping was hard work for a parrot.  Tilly was in a tizzy.

Rasmus thumped again.   “Calm down everyone.  No need for all the fuss.  It’s settled.  Guinevere can stay home.  Or maybe she can get a wig.   Never mind all that, now it’s time for a nap.”

Chapter Two

Tilly knew she must help Guinevere.  It was too hot to wear a wig.  Besides, where would they get a wig for a guinea pig?  And who would carry Guinevere’s pack?

While the boys napped, Tilly got busy.  She collected a towel, lavender soap, a tea cup of warm water, and a comb.   Then she went to work on Guinevere.   Tilly used her beak to gently scrub away the blueberry stains.  Soap bubbles floated through the air until the blue faded to gray.  Guinevere’s fur smelled fresh and clean, but it had to be combed.  This was the real work.  Tilly used her beak to untangle the knots and pick out some brambles.   Her wet, messy fur looked like a spaghetti factory.  Tilly combed until they both fell asleep for the night.

Thump.  Thump, thump.  Rasmus called an early morning meeting.  This one was urgent.  No time to prepare.  Guinevere stumbled in with her fur still a mess.  Tilly explained it was work in progress.  She stood up for Guinevere and said, “We were up all night washing and grooming her fur.  We’re almost done.   If she can’t go on the trip, then I won’t go either.”

Rasmus turned his tall ears left and right, then toward each other.   His nose twitched.   Tilly hollered, “Rasmus, stop turning your ears.  You are not getting any radio signals doing that.”   Rasmus thumped in denial.

Pedro was feeling nervous.  He ate some basil.  Pedro wanted to speak up. Then he ate some thyme.  He had to be brave.  “Señor, the guinea pig should come.  Her fur es mucho better.”

With all this pressure, Rasmus decided Guinevere could go.  He made her promise to be on time.  He made her promise not to cause a fuss.  He made her promise to have her fur ready early.   Otherwise, Tilly would sing, “we’re late, we’re late, we’re late for a very important date.”

Pedro wanted to help the petite guinea pig.  He gave her wise advice.  “Guinevere, it’s time to put others first.  You cannot just think about your fur and how pretty you look.   It is best not to worry about what others think.   Look at me Senorita.  My English and Spanish get mixed up all the time.  I make mucho grande mistakes, but what matters is that I try.  I don’t worry about what others say about my English.”

Guinevere tried to understand Pedro.  Her fur is too beautiful not to fuss over she thought.  She wondered if it would be better to concentrate on her eyelashes instead.  After all, they were much easier to take care of.

The next day when the group met, Guinevere kept her promise.  She arrived on time.   a pink bow hid her gray fur.   Rasmus took attendance and checked back packs.  Then they waved good bye to Coral Bell.   From Blueberry Lane, they scurried with excitement to the Peapack train station.

Toot.  Toot, toot.  “All aboard,” the conductor bellowed.   The boys hopped up into the train.   Guinevere was next.  Her little legs were short.  She took a running leap on the step.  Oops.  Ouch.  Ow.  Her pink bow unfurled and got caught on the train track.   “Tilly, Tilly please help me.  I cannot get on to the train, and Rasmus will be so mad.”

Toot.  Toot, toot.  The train signaled for departure.  It started to chug forward.

Rasmus thumped, “Guinevere, what are you doing?  Where are you?  What’s taking so long?”

Guinevere was in a panic.  Tilly quickly untied the tangled ribbon with her beak and helped little Guinevere up into the train.   “Oh Tilly, how does my fur look?   Is there dust on my eyelashes?”   Tilly does not like to tell a lie, but it was a mess again.   She promised to comb her fur on the long train ride to Philadelphia.   There would be plenty of time to fix a pretty pink bow too.

The ambassadors enjoyed a scenic train ride from Peapack.  The train rolled over hill and dale until they reached Philadelphia.   It was a busy city.  No sign of wild blueberries or fresh hay here.   Since they were guests of honor, they stayed overnight at each shelter they visited.  They had plenty to eat, and shared their Small Pet Select snacks with new friends.

They met bunnies, chinchillas, ferrets, birds, guinea pigs, and other pocket pets in need of homes.   They worked hard to promote adoption from shelters. They talked of the importance of adopting old and sick animals.  They championed for all who needed a home, a warm bed or bird cage to call their own.  They told stories of how it makes a difference to be loved and feel secure.  Guinevere even gave lessons on grooming and fur styling.

When they returned to Blueberry Lane Farm, Coral Bell was eager to hear about their trip.   As they shared their stories with Coral Bell, they realized they learned new lessons in Philadelphia.

Pedro learned confidence.  He could speak in front of strangers and not be nervous.

Rasmus learned to appreciate passion for being brave and speaking up for what is right.

Tilly learned the importance of helping a friend in need and how it made her feel good about herself.

Guinevere learned she is loved for who she is, even if her fur is a mess or her eyelashes are dusty.

They all learned that together they made a difference.  They learned that their messages made a difference, and many animals in need will receive the gift of a home to call their own.

The foursome agreed they will have the best summer vacation stories to tell when they return to school.

They were happy to be back home at Blueberry Lane Herb Farm, a place they could call home, happy to be a family, and grateful to enjoy their Small Pet Select meals together.

The end.

 

Be on the lookout for our next quarterly installment… coming this fall!

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