Vets inundated with offers to knit guinea pig jumpers

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image captionGolden Valley Vets, in Nailsea, uses the "mini-pig jumpers" or "piggy pullovers" to keep pets warm after general anaesthetic

A vets which appealed for tiny knitted jumpers for its small patients says it has been inundated with offers.

Golden Valley Vets, in Somerset, uses the "mini-pig jumpers" - or "piggy pullovers" - to keep guinea pigs and rabbits warm after general anaesthetic.

But following an appeal for knitters on Facebook, the vet says it now has plenty of knits.

Katie Church, of the Nailsea practice, said the miniature sweaters not only "look very cute" but "definitely help".

The tiny hand-knitted jumpers were originally knitted and donated to the practice by one of the nurse's mothers.

But after a picture of Gingernut the guinea pig wearing a green sweater was posted on the practice's Facebook page, along with an appeal for "guinea pig jumpers" the practice now says it has enough.

😍Knitted Ninny alert😍 Here is Gingernut modelling one of our hand knitted jumpers (kindly donated by nurse Kats Mum) Not...

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"The drugs that we give mean they can't regulate their body temperature quite so well, and with our small furries you get more dramatic heat loss," said Ms Church.

"So we do what we can to try to keep them nice and warm and the cute little jumpers are one of the ways that we can do that."

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image captionThe practice said the jumpers were "really important" for its smaller patients

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