Wednesday 21 May 2014

Welcoming Dr Jessica Coates

Bendigo Animal Hospital would like to give a warm welcome Dr Jessica Coates. Dr Jessica is a graduate of The University of Melbourne who has recently made the move from Kilmore to Bendigo. Jessica has a particular interest in behaviour and is passionate about furthering animal welfare. Jessica has devoted much of her spare time to volunteering at Edgar's Mission which is a not for profit sanctuary for unwanted and neglected farm animals. Jessica is kept busy with her own menagerie of one dog, two cats, eight chickens, two roosters, three drakes, eight ducks and three peacocks.
Please look out for Jessica when next in clinic, she is looking forward to becoming another familiar face in our team.

Dr Lyndel

Monday 5 May 2014

A Little Bit About Guinea Pigs

Have you thought about keeping a pet pig?  Guinea pig that is.  Guinea pigs are cute and cuddly members of the rodent family that usually weigh between 700 and 1200 grams when fully grown.  When frequently handled they show great personality and can be a perfect fit for people looking to gain a smaller member of the fur family.  Some basic knowledge of diet and husbandry usually leads to a very easy to care for pet.  Guinea pigs need a diet of grass hay, green vegies and a commercial pellet food such as Oxbow Guinea Pig Food.  Guinea pigs are social and often vocal pets.  When very happy guinea pigs will popcorn which is somewhat akin to jumping for joy and a delight to see.  
You may like to watch some live Piggy Moments, perhaps even see some popcorning  on  This new site is being set up as a forum for guinea pig enthusiasts.
For information on caring for your guinea pig provides a great resource for guinea pig owners. 
 Dr Lyndel