How to trim a guinea pig's nails


Question

Are you supposed to go somewhere to clip your guinea pig’s nails? If so, where?
Jolene

Answer

Hi, Jolene!

Trimming guinea pig nails is just like trimming any other animals’ nails. I usually recommend a human toenail clipper for the job if you are unfamiliar with pet clippers as most people are familiar and comfortable using and maneuvering them. Once you get comfortable with the nail clipping, you may want to get a pair of pet clippers. Make sure you have some styptic powder or, better yet, Super Clot gel on hand and that all of your supplies are handy before you start.

Guinea pigs, parakeets, dogs, cats, chickens, rats – any pet with claws or talons – has a nail with a vein running through the inside called the “quick.” The goal in trimming the nails is to keep the animal comfortable and healthy and prevent the quick from growing out too far. If you’ve never trimmed the nails, the quick can be quite long. It will recede over time with regular nail clipping (once a week). Once you have them where you want them, monthly trimming is usually sufficient.

If your piggy is comfortable in you lap, just place them there, make sure you’re both settled, and gently pick up a foot. If they aren’t as comfortable with being handled, you can wrap them in a hand towel like a little burrito to help keep them still with their feet accessible. Cut off just the tip of the nail unless you can clearly see where the quick ends. You want to leave about 2-3mm of nail beyond the quick. There are lots of instructional images and videos online and your vet should also be willing to trim the nails for you (for a fee) and may show you how to do it in person if you’d like a hands-on tutorial. May Chuck & Don’s locations also host nail trims once a month or more, so feel free to call and ask if they’d be willing to trim up your guinea pig!

What kind of food do you sell for ferrets?


Question

Wondering if you carry or can order Innova EVO Ferret Food and/or Wysong Archetype I. I have not bought ferret supplies only dog and cat at this location.
Stacy

Answer

Hi Stacy,

Thanks for reaching out to us! Evo Ferret food is no longer being made by Natura Pet Products so we’re unable to source the product. The cat food is still being made and in the past, some customers have used that for ferrets but the specific ferret product is not available any longer.

We also are unable to get Wysong products in our stores. You may be able to order directly from Wysong, but we cannot order it for you.

Otherwise, feel free to stop into any of our locations and our team members can help you find an alternative for your ferret. Thanks!

Do we sell small animals?


Question

Do you sell any small pets?
Valerie

Answer

Hi Valerie,

We do not sell small pets or any types of animals in our stores. However, we do sell a wide variety of products for small animals. Once you have found your new friend, make sure to stop into any of our locations and they can help you find the best products for the type of pet you have. Thanks!

Wheat spray for rabbits


Question

Would it be possible to have one of the local stores start carrying wheat sprays for rabbits again? I routinely buy them in bulk for my bunny at Plymouth and Maple Grove and despite requesting the product and repeated calls in nobody ever carries it anymore. Please help!
Natalie B

Answer

Hi Natalie,
Our product buyers checked with the supplier of the wheat sprays and they informed us that the product was discontinued by the manufacture. Unfortunately there is not a replacement item available.
Thank you for writing.

“The” Chuck
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies
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Do you sell Hedgehogs?


Question

Do you have hedgehogs or know where you can buy hedgehogs?
Kasey L.

Answer

Hi Kasey,

Thanks for writing. We don’t sell pets at our stores-you might want to contact a small animal rescue group in your area.

Thanks again for writing.

 

“The” Chuck

Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies

 

Is it ok to feed hamsters grapes?


Question

Is it ok for hamsters to eat grapes? Because my friend got two hamsters and one killed the other so we thought it was them just being together, so they got two more but in two different cages but they also died but they got water and food. Then they got one separate one and it died also. I thought it was the grapes but I don’t know!!

Answer

Hi Emily,

Thanks for the question. Sorry to hear about your hamsters. I would suggest you contact a vet to see what the issue could be.

I did some research on feeding small animals grapes. Grapes are not poisonous to hamsters. Remember to wash them carefully so if there is any pesticide it is washed off. Also, try only giving seedless grapes; seeds in a lot of fruit contain small amounts of cyanide. Again, I would suggest you ask a vet about the grapes or what could be the problem.

Thanks for writing,

“The Chuck”
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet

Does Chuck & Don's carry Degu food and supplies?


Question

Do you have any degu food? I like the brand Sunseed Vita Degu Formula or the Carefresh basic bedding?

Thanks.

Answer

Hi Shelley,

We do not stock Sunseed Vita Degu Formula in our stores, but it is available from one of our local vendors through a special order. Call or visit your local Chuck & Don’s and one of our knowledgeable team members can assist you with a special order, generally they take a week or less to arrive.  As far as bedding, the inventory will vary from location to location, but most stores stock the Carefresh Natural and the Carefresh Ultra. Also, Carefresh Basic is available from our vendor via special order.

Thank you again for writing Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet.

“The Chuck”
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet

How do I socialize my guinea pig and make it easier to handle her?


Question

I have a guinea pig that hates being taken out of her cage, I have asked a number of people for advice and nothing has helped. I want to be able to take her our without hurting her. How should I proceed?

Answer

Dear Journey,

For your Guinea pig I would suggest getting her used to being handled on a regular basis. At first she may seem a little scared, but if you make it a daily activity she will be much more comfortable with coming out of her cage.

Also, floor time is very important for these pets as well, for they need time for exercise. I would suggest getting a little play pen for her so she can run around and exercise safely. We carry small animal play pens that would be ideal for her playing needs. Visit your local Chuck and Don’s for help finding the play pen and for any other pet questions.

Thank You for writing,

“The Chuck”
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet

Do you carry hay, if so what sizes and what do you charge for it?


Question

How much do you charge for hay? My Holland Lop eats so much I want to find a quality hay for as cheap as I can find!

Answer

Hi Vanessa,

We carry a few different hays, the most popular is the Oxbow Western Timothy Hay which we carry in; 15oz, 40oz, 90oz and 9lbs. Oxbow also offers a feeding program where you buy 6 and then you get a 15oz bag free. Call or visit your local Chuck & Don’s for pricing and availability.

Thanks and have a nice day!

“The Chuck”
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet

Can I surrender a guinea pig to Chuck & Don's?


Question

Can I give you a guinea pig?

Answer

Hi Theron,

Thank you for writing Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet.

I’m sorry but we do not sell animals at our stores – we do have several rescue groups that we work with that you might call to see if they accept small animals.  St. Francis Animal Rescue, or perhaps the Animal Humane Society?

At one time there was a group in Minnesota called the TC Guinea Pig Rescue – a foster home for the Jack Pine Guinea Pig Rescue. I believe they’re located out of Stacy MN.  Another suggestion is perhaps putting a posting on our store Community Board.

We wish you the best in finding a new home for your Guinea Pig — next month is Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month – so perhaps if you do a search on the web you might be able to post your request for a new home for your Guinea Pig on a blog/web site devoted to Guinea Pigs.

Thanks again for writing,

“The Chuck”
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet