Guinea Pig Health Check
My guinea pig health check page is based on my own experience of keeping guinea pigs and is only a small guide. If you check your guinea pig over everyday, you will hopefully notice sooner rather than later, if something isn’t quite right. I usually do my health check while having a cuddle with my guinea pigs. I’ve also included additional guinea pig health links with each heading. I’ve also included a Guinea Pig Health Links page for lots more information. If you see that the eye has gone opaque or looks red/swollen or crusty, please take your guinea pig straight to your vets before the condition gets any worse. Breathing: Check your guinea pigs breathing, it should be quiet and not be laboured. Please don’t delay taking your guinea pig to the vets if you suspect a breathing problem. Food Check: While feeding your guinea pig, stay with them for a short while to make sure they are eating alright. If your guinea pig is hunched up in a corner and they refuse to eat anything, take your guinea pig to the vets without delay. Poop Check: Check their poops daily to make sure your guinea pig doesn’t have diarrhoea. Urine Check: If your guinea pig squeals when having a wee, it could be Cystitis or a Urinary Tract Infections. If your guinea pig is perscribed antibiotic and the crying continues after a few days, please ask your vet to do an x-ray to check for stones. If you see any blood present in the wee it could also indicate that your guinea pig has bladder stones, again a visit to the vets is needed urgently. Depressed and Sad : If your guinea pig looks depressed and doesn’t come to see what nice food is on offer, refuses food when you offer it and is hunched up in a corner, take your guinea pig to see your vet without delay.
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5 Important Health Instructions: “NORMAL” means that your guinea pig is operating within normal parameters. “NOT NORMAL” means that owner must take his/hers guinea pig to the veterinarian for maintenance. Guinea pig is depending on its owner to know when it is ill. Beware of the other symptoms: a parasite or fungal infection is possible if the guinea pig seems shedding more than normal, is very itchy, or has a lot of dandruff. Excessive hair loss : Combined with excessive itching could indicate guinea pig mitesLumpsScabsDry flaky skin. If concerned, owner can check for signs of dehydrationNOT NORMAL:Drinking a lot more than normal: It would be wise to have your guinea pig checked for diabetes. Please reference Guinea Pig Behaviour Page for general behavioural patterns, and learn from your pet by observation. If some of the symptoms from Guinea Pig Manual Health page is recognized, consult your veterinarian immediately. HEALTH TIP #2: Weigh Your Guinea Pig Weekly Weighing is one of the best, simplest and cheapest tools available for monitoring small animal’s health. 4 ounces weight fluctuation: Get your guinea pig to a vet. It is recommended that any new guinea pig which is about to be introduced to a resident guinea pig is submitted to a quarantine procedure. The quarantine insures that the new guinea pig does not introduce any illness or parasites to the resident guinea pig(s). It is recommended to quarantine new guinea pig for 2 to 3 weeks. Owner is advised to wash hands well in between handling the new and the resident guinea pig and consider changing shirt or wearing a removable cover-up when handling the new guinea pig. Quarantine procedure is specifically recommended if new guinea pig is bought in a pet store.
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Spontaneous abortion can have many causes including litter developmental defects, nutritional deficiencies, and stress. Usually the entire litter will be lost but in some cases a single baby will die in the womb and be born with the rest of the litter. The dead litter is usually aborted without excessive discomfort or illness. Third trimester abortion is most likely to be a sign of life threatening conditions. This could be signs of a uterine infection and lead to other conditions such as pregnancy toxemia. Pregnancy toxemia is the most dangerous of all pregnancy complications and can frequently result in the death of both the mother and the litter. There are two types of pregnancy toxemia – primary and secondary. Primary toxemia is caused by physical factors such as the weight of the full uterus pressing on the stomach and preventing the mother from eating enough. The weight of the uterus can sometimes actually block off its own blood supply – this can result in suffocation of the litter. Secondary toxemia is more common and frequently brought on by stress. Stress can have many causes and is best avoided by creating a quiet environment and checking regularly for health problems. Why is pregnancy toxemia so dangerous? If the mother’s body is unable to provide enough resources for the litter her body will start to draw resources from her own reserves. Eventually the litter will die inside the mother further escalating her condition. Symptoms of pregnancy toxemia include loss of appetite, lethargy, hunched posture, cold ears and feet, and a noticeable loss of body weight. Many experts suggest that the condition once developed cannot be treated and that treatment in fact just extends the suffering of the mother.