Just off Business 121 on the north side of 35E, we are the road just after DG Collision on your right.
PLUS: Texas Rustlers and All Ears now have a snail mail address if you need to send letters or donations.
Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue or All Ears Rabbit Rescue
PO Box 126
Lewisville, TX 75067
This year we are trying some new fun fundraisers. We've got our first ever Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue Calendar featuring beautiful pictures of the piggies at the rescue. For $18 plus tax you can pick the calendar up at the rescue store, after December 15th! If you need to have the calendar shipped there is a $5 fee for shipping. To order, click the button below and in the special instructions add your shipping address and mention that you would like a calendar.
Success Story - Adopted Pals for Timothy!
"Our Timothy and the babies immediately liked each other. I knew they would be friends when, after several minutes, the two babies had wandered over to one side of the play pen, and Timothy scampered over there and nosed them aside so he could lie down exactly between them. Whenever possible all three of them like to be in a little huddle."
Purchase Mary Kay products
from Carla Pruett, mention "Texas Rustlers" in the comments box, and 40% of your purchase is donated to help the piggies!
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We can use your old NEWSPAPERS to line piggy cages. Please drop off at the Rescue on Saturdays 9am-5pm.
What Do Guinea Pigs Eat?
How Do I Care for My Guinea Pig?
What’s the Fuss About Vitamin C?
Is My Guinea Pig Lonely?
The information below is designed to help you learn detailed information about guinea pig care. Among the topics: a complete list of nutritious vegetable choices to feed your guinea pig, including which common vegetables are poisonous to guinea pigs; how to give your guinea pig cage its weekly cleaning; guinea pig facts; why you should NOT breed; and much more. Contact us if you have other questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them.
What Do Guinea Pigs Eat? If you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, visit the Rescue or one of our satellite locations for guinea pig supplies at significant discounts, including hay, pellets, Vitamin C tablets and proper bedding. Contact us for more information, or to be sure we’ll have the supplies when you come.
NOTE: Guinea pigs can die from “gut stasis” if they go more than 12 hours without eating. Guinea pigs eat on-and-off all day and night, and should have food available to them around-the-clock.
Hay and Pellets Quality Timothy hay and Timothy pellets should be available round-the-clock to guinea pigs over one year old. CAUTION: Do not feed pellets containing seeds, such as sunflower, as this can be a choking hazard. Alfalfa Hay and Alfalfa pellets may be given to babies under one year old and nursing mothers, due to its higher calcium content, but calcium after one year old can be HARMFUL, causing bladder sludge among other problems. If you are unsure of your guinea pig’s age, feed Timothy hay and Timothy pellets.
Here’s a simple daily feeding schedule to supplement the hay and pellets:
In the morning, feed one-fourth Roma tomato wedge and one baby carrot per guinea pig.
In the evening - approximately 12 hours after your first feeding – feed a mix of about three veggies. Some favorites we’ve found include Romaine or Spring Mix lettuces, parsley, cilantro, green or red bell pepper (not the hot, spicy peppers), cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber, or collard greens. Note that potatoes, garlic, onions, rhubarb and apple seeds are all POISONOUS to guinea pigs. Tomatoes are ok, but the leaves, stalks and roots of the tomato plant are POISONOUS.
Vitamin C Select vegetables that are high in vitamin C, as they do not make vitamin C on their own and need it from an outside food source, just like humans. Healthy piggies need 10 mg / kg of vitamin C per day, which, if not supplied in their food diet, must be supplemented with crushed vitamin C tablets for animals (available through your vet), sprinkled most easily on the cut side of their morning tomato every other day. Vitamin C added to the water is NOT the best source.
Water Always provide your guinea pigs with fresh water in a bottle attached to the side of the cage. Filtered water is best, as it removes any calcium, which can cause bladder sludge. Change the water daily to assure freshness. Be sure to rinse the bottle and the sipper tube out daily, and wash them in the dishwasher once a week to sterilize (you may want to use the air dry setting to avoid melting the bottle).
Health Checks It is very important to observe changes in the behavior of your guinea pig, as they are extremely good at hiding illness! Lack of appetite should be taken seriously, because if a guinea pig goes longer than 12 hours without eating they can quickly die from Ketosis. See more information at our Medical Care page.
Guinea Pig Do’s * DO keep more than one guinea pig. They are THIGMOTACTIC animals, which means they like to cuddle up to others of their own kind. They will sweetly bond with their cagemates, and you can even put a NEUTERED male with a female (and the males really seem to love this!), or two males or two females together. All the males at the Rescue are neutered before being adopted.
* DO provide large living quarters – a minimum of 7 square feet per guinea pig. When it comes to guinea pig cages, bigger is always better. See our Cages page for information on how to build an inexpensive larger cage.
* DO provide fresh Timothy hay and Timothy pellets around the clock. If guinea pigs go more than 12 hours without eating, they can go into “gut stasis” and die.
* DO provide a variety of fresh vegetables every day – especially those rich in vitamin C.
* DO always quarantine a new guinea pig away from an existing piggy for at least 14-21 days. This means in a separate room behind closed doors. Wash your hands before and after handling the new piggy. Keep a smock or shirt handy for handling the newcomer, so you don’t have to keep changing your clothes. Ask us if this rule applies if you’re adopting from the Rescue.
Guinea Pig Don’ts * NO cedar or raw pine bedding – it contains phenols, which can lead to respiratory problems and liver failure and even death!
* NO foods with seeds, and do not feed guinea pigs celery unless you remove all the strings – it can be a choking hazard.
* DO NOT keep females with un-neutered males! There are already thousands of unwanted, but otherwise healthy and delightful, guinea pigs available for adoption in the United States. All the males at the Rescue are neutered before being adopted.
* DO NOT allow small children to play unsupervised with a guinea pig, as injuries could result to the child or the guinea pig.
* DO NOT BREED. Did you know that breeding the wrong guinea pigs together can result in “Lethal” babies who are blind and/or deaf or may have other medical problems, like no teeth? Read more at this link.