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About Satins

Satins have been known to get the attention of many, although there coat may be shiny and let's be honest quite unique. It is actually quite a deadly breed, when i say deadly let's getting into some facts on why. 
Satins are known to be prone to Osteodystrophy or better known for it's short term OD. Although, they don't usually start showing signs til they are from the age of 12 - 18 months old. 
Signs they show are wobbly gait, problems with eating and with sows can cause parturition complications.
Unfortunately from the information and research found online. Satin is a gene that can not to bred out of a guinea pig. A satin pup can be born from a satin or a satin carrier. Sadly this means, that Osteodystrophy can not be bred out of a satin guinea pig. 
Not everyone is aware of satins and the extra care and time they will require throughout there lives. However if you end up with a satin guinea pig into your care be prepared for problems with:

• Dental.

• Bones.

• Joints / arthritis.

• Reproduction.
Satins do require regular vet checks and x-ray's to keep a check if Osteodystrophy is present or how it is progressing. If a satin does have Osteodystrophy it will require regular medication/ treatment for the remainder of it's life. Satins are also prone to have dental issue's. This is also something that has be regularly checked by a vet and can result in needing teeth trimming.

Satins: About

Difference Between A Satin & A Nonsatin

Satins: About

Satin Guinea Pig  - Pumpkin

As you can with Pumpkin she is a satin, what makes her a satin? As you can see her coat has a shine to it. Not just a healthy coat shine. A shine to the coat that makes her a satin. Her coat is more hollow and refined.

Non Satin Guinea Pig - Nutmeg

As you can see Nutmeg is a non satin, what makes her a non satin? Although her coat has a shine to it. It is not the same kind of shine. This is a healthy coat shine. Her coat is more dense and coarse.


Non Satin & Satin X- Ray's

Left side is a non satin guinea pig, as you can see the bone structure is healthy and no signs of OD/ bone disease. Right side is a satin guinea pig with OD/ bone disease. As you can see, the bone structure is not healthy. Has clear signs of OD. As i refer to the "aero look" meaning there are holes/ bubbles through the bones. This needs to be treated with the correct pain relief/ medication and correct diet.

Satins: Team

Research/ Information Gained

Have recently discovered satins benefit from outdoor time in the sunlight. The effects of the sunlight helps produced Vitamin D as it does for us. Have noticed with satins, they tend to get a high energy burst etc after being out in the sunlight. Maybe, extra Vitamin D benefits a satin more then a normal guinea pig?Have also been giving the satins in our care Oxbow Joint Support tablets. Hoping this may help with joints and bones with the satins. 

Satins: About
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