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Is My Guinea Pig Sick?

In the wild, guinea pigs are prey animals who live in packs. They instinctively try to hide the signs of illnesses, so guinea pig parents must be especially vigilant. Since sick pigs can go downhill very quickly, it’s essential to have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian in Cupertino as soon as you notice something’s wrong. Gut stasis is one of the most serious acute conditions that affect cavies. Guinea pigs need to have high-quality hay constantly moving through their bodies. When gut motility slows or stops, it is known as gut stasis.

Bring your pig to the vet immediately if you notice that he or she hasn’t been pooping much, suffers appetite loss, or seems less active than usual. It’s helpful to clean your cavy’s house at around the same times each day. This allows you to get a sense of how much poop should be there, and you’ll be able to detect signs of illness more quickly. Additionally, be on the lookout for the following changes in your pig, which can indicate other types of ailments: Fur loss, hunched posture, diarrhea, bloody urine, labored breathing, wheezing, sneezing, and eye crusting. These symptoms can be alarming, but your vet can help your pig feel well again if treatment is administered right away.

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De Anza Veterinary Clinic - Veterinary Care in San Jose
Located at 7325 Fallenleaf Lane, Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone: (408) 996-1411
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