Chapter 27. The Guinea Pig

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Sylvia Kaiser1,
  2. Christine Krüger2 and
  3. Norbert Sachser1

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch27

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Kaiser, S., Krüger, C. and Sachser, N. (2010) The Guinea Pig, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch27

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Muenster, Badestasse 9, D 48149 Muenster, Germany

  2. 2

    Central Animal Laboratory, University Clinic of Essen, Hufelandstraße 55, D-45122 Essen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • guinea pig (Cavia aperea f. porcellus);
  • domestic guinea pig - subspecies tschudii of wild cavy (Cavia aperea), widespread rodents of South America;
  • behavioural and physiological consequences of domestication;
  • newborn guinea pigs - precocial, small-sized adults;
  • laboratory management and breeding;
  • presence of specific social partners - inhibiting or ameliorating individual's neuroendocrine responses in stressful situations;
  • effects of social experiences on physiology and behaviour;
  • social housing of guinea pigs;
  • mixed-sex groups of males and females;
  • anaesthesia for all procedures - injecting, causing pain or stress than anaesthesia itself

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Uses in the laboratory

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • Acknowledgements

  • References