Q: Do you think my guinea pig is sick?

July 30, 2012 | By Nicas | 2 answers | Expired: 1272 days ago


So I got a new abyssinian guinea pig on the 27th of this month (I still have to add her details on my homepage). She is really young, but we don't know how old exactly. She hasn't been eating her carrots or red peppers that we've given her, and I've only seen her eat some timothy hay. Also, she has been sneezing a little, though her eyes still look really bright and she is still pretty active (about as active as my sister's piggy). Anyways, I was wondering if she might be too young to know how to eat her veggies, or if she's sick. My parents think I'm overreacting, but I'd rather overreact than underreact. Anyways, any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Aug 02, 2012

Sneezing is usually a sign of an upper respiratory infection which can quickly turn into pneumonia if not treated. Depending on her age, the vet should prescribe Bactrim is she's under six months or Baytril is she's older. Young guinea pigs should not be given Baytril because it can stunt their growth, although Baytril is the best med to treat URI's since it's stronger. If an antibiotic is given, you should also give a probiotic. I use Benebac gel which is very inexpensive. I give a pea sized dose once a day, an hour after the antibiotic. Antibiotics kill off the good bacteria so if you don't give a probiotic, they often stop eating and can develop bloat (gas) which can be fatal in guinea pigs.... No more than 1 baby carrot should be fed a day because they are high in sugar and oxalic acid which can bind to calcium and cause stones. Give her up to a cup of veggies a day, limited fruits since they're high in sugar and 1/4 cup a day of a timothy based pellet or 1/8 cup a day of an alfalfa based. If she's over six months old, limit the calcium since it can cause stones. Under 6 months and they need calcium to build strong bones. A vet visit is definitely in order.

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Jul 30, 2012

If she's off her food and sneezing, you should get her checked out by a vet. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Your vet might be able to tell you how old she is and if there need to be any changes to her diet based on age. I do know that some guinea pigs just don't like certain veggies. You might try some different kinds and see of she responds better to them.

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