Guinea Pig Health News for October 20 2017

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Heat stroke, or hyperthermia, occurs commonly in guinea pigs, especially those kept outdoors in hutches, or which are overweight or heavily furred. According to Desert View Animal Hospital, temperatures above 85 F, humidity above 70 percent, inadequate ventilation or shade, stress and crowding predispose guinea pigs to heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke include profuse salivation, shallow and rapid breathing, pale gums and an elevated body temperature. Untreated heat stroke rapidly progresses to coma and death. A guinea pig showing symptoms of heat stroke should be given a cool bath and placed on a cool, wet towel for transportation to a vet immediately.
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Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue

MGPR is a non-profit Virginia corporation that rescues, rehabilitates, and finds new homes for guinea pigs in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. We also work to educate the public on the proper care of guinea pigs. Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is registered with the Virginia State Corporation Commission as a charitable corporation. To make a donation, please visit our Donations Page.
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