It's been over a year since I last posted a chart of my pigs' weights. In fact, the last chart was with Pinniped and Cannoli. New pigs and, sadly, a new swap in weight. Just like my prior chart, it's not really the trending I wanted to see. This time Cannoli's weight was the one to drop.
Cannoli evened out from her post-Pinniped porkiness after meeting Boadicea. But then she nose-dived over the summer. It's frightening how much weight Noli lost due to her overactive thyroid. She's back to the weight she was when we adopted her. She stabilized in the last couple of months, but I wish she had more meat on those bones.
Boadicea, in the meantime, has been helping herself to whatever Noli hasn't been eating. She's gotten used to the good life and it shows. I was told when I adopted Boadi that she was a little overweight -- I haven't helped with that!
The chart shows the importance
of weighing guinea pigs on a regular basis. It's easy to forget a guinea pig's
size over the course of a few months, let alone a year ago. Knowing a guinea pig's normal weight
fluctuation is useful in tracking their overall health. A significant change in weight (90g/3oz or more) is often the earliest indication something is wrong.
Guinea Lynx : Weigh Weekly! is a great place to start reading about weighing and recording your guinea pig's weight.