Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs are herbivorous rodents that have a well-developed caecum (hind gut) for fermentation of plant material. They require a high fibre diet consisting mostly of grass and hay. Unlike other small mammals, guinea pigs have a have a special dietary requirement for Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) which they obtain from fresh plant material and leafy green vegetables.

Young guinea pigs are born well-developed (precocial), fully furred, eyes open and mobile soon after birth. They have a high requirement for protein in early life to sustain their rapid growth rate, and this is provided by the mother's milk for upto 3 weeks of age.

Our products include Guinea Pig Milk Replacer, hand-rearing accessories as well as healthy supplements and treats for adult guinea pigs.

  • Cosy Heat Pad

    The Cosy Heat Pad provides warmth for sick, young or debilitated animals & birds.

    Used For

    • Hanging pouches for orphaned marsupials
    • Veterinary operating tables and recovery rooms.
    • Reptiles as a ground-level heat source.
    • Birds & mammals in hospital cages & boxes.
    • Dog & cat beds. 


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     Size 260mm x 360mm           
     Cover Material Soft non-toxic PVC 
     Voltage 240 volts           
     Power 10 watts           
     High temperature protection Cut-off switch           
    The Cosy Heat Pad can be used in the following situations:

    • Hanging pouches for orphaned marsupials: Place pad at back of pouch. Put insulation between pad and animal.
    • Veterinarians: use on operating tables and in recovery rooms
    • Reptiles: Place at one end of the enclosure so reptile can move on or off the heated area. Cover with layer of sand or flat rock
    • Birds & Animals: Boxes and hospital cages. Place pad underneath or inside box or cage.
    • Dog & Cat Beds: Place underneath bedding and provide protection from chewing.


    The Cosy Heat Pad plugs in to a standard 240 volt electrical outlet. The pad works by gradually heating up the area under where the animal sits. The animal should have the ability to move off the heated area if it feels uncomfortable. The heater produces a temperature on the pad surface of about 15-20°C above room temperature. Monitor the temperature where the animal rests with a thermometer. It should be between 20°C and 35°C, depending on the age and type of animal. Seek advice from a veterinarian or experienced animal carer if unsure of your animal’s needs.

    When room temperature is less than 10°C
    Animals should be as close as practicable to the pad surface.

    When room temperature exceeds 10°C
    Animals should be insulated from the pad surface with layers of woollen fabric. The thickness of insulation required will depend on the room temperature and should be adjusted so that the animal is comfortable.

    Heat stress can occur if the temperature is too high.
    This device is fitted with a cut-off switch which limits the surface temperature of the pad, preventing excessively high temperatures.


    The outer PVC cover can be cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge. Unplug the device from the power outlet when cleaning. Do not immerse the pad in water.


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