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.
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Outro music by Matt Charleston
About the hosts
Dr Nicole Su and Jez Watts
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 that are their children.