How do you treat a sick guinea pig?

Small Pets

Can you use flea treatment on a guinea pig?

It’s not advisable to treat a guinea pig with flea medications made for dogs and cats other than Revolution, as these chemicals can be toxic to guinea pigs. Once the flea problem is addressed in the environment and on the host animals, they​ may bite guinea pigs a few times but won’t stick around.

What to do if your guinea pig has poop stuck in anus?

You can help a guinea pig pass feces stuck in the anus by manually expressing the matter. Wear rubber gloves and use warm water or olive oil to soften the impacted feces. Do not attempt to insert oil into the rectum using a syringe, as this can injure the guinea pig.

What should I do if my guinea pig is sick?

The rescue tends to receive many sick guinea pigs, and I have become adept at recognizing common piggy illnesses. We recommend consulting your exotic veterinarian if you suspect your guinea pig is in pain or suffering from an infection or illness. Outlined below are a few of the more common guinea pig ailments:

Can you use spot on on a guinea pig?

Suitable for the following breeds: Giant Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits. Anti-Parasite Spot On for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs by Beaphar is the quick and easy way to treat and protect your small animal against parasites. Effective against: Lice;Mange Mites and Other Mites;Roundworms.

Can you bathe a guinea pig with mites?

While it may seem logical to bathe a guinea pig with parasites, bathing a guinea pig with mites can cause them to burrow deeper, increase irritation, and make treatment more difficult.

Can guinea pigs get fleas from cats?

Fleas commonly infect rabbits housed with cats and dogs, causing a dull hair coat, loss of hair, itchiness, plus skin redness and crustiness. Guinea pigs also may become flea infested. Diagnosis is through microscopic identification of fleas and their eggs.

What should I do if my guinea pig is scratching a lot?

Monitor food intake and be aware of how any changes may have impacted your pet. If your guinea pig has hair loss and is itching or scratching a lot, it may have lice or mites. 2 The thought of having these things in your house—much less on the guinea pig—may make you itch all over. Lice or mites can be easy to avoid and treat.

Do guinea pigs have digestive problems?

In general, guinea pigs are healthy animals. However, because they have sensitive gastrointestinal (GI) tracts, guinea pigs can develop digestive problems that can make them very sick. Treating a guinea pig for GI problems involves dietary changes, medication, and other treatment strategies to make the guinea pig and its GI tract healthy again.

Why does my guinea pig have a hard time pooping?

Guinea pigs can be very sensitive to changes in their diet. Make changes to your guinea pig’s diet very slowly to prevent more GI problems. Thanks! Old guinea pigs can get rectal impactions (feces stuck in the rectum) because of weak muscle tone around the anus.

What should I do if my guinea pig is healthy?

Just make sure your cavy has everything he needs – a comfy place to rest, a fresh water bottle, food, and hay. Even if your guinea pig seems healthy, it’s your responsibility as a pet owner to keep up with annual checkups.

What happens when a guinea pig gets sick?

It’s best to treat health problems in the early stages because once a guinea pig gets sick, they tend to go downhill fast. Read on to learn about common and life-threatening health issues guinea pig owners should know about and how to identify the signs that your piggy is sick or dying. Guinea pigs make wonderful pets for many reasons.

When to take your guinea pig to the vet for pneumonia?

So it’s important that you act on signs that your guinea pig may have a respiratory disease and get him/her to a vet as soon as possible. Signs of pneumonia (or any respiratory disease) include sneezing, nasal discharge and coughing or noisy breathing.

Do guinea pigs need to go to the vet?

Even if your guinea pig seems healthy, it’s your responsibility as a pet owner to keep up with annual checkups. Your veterinarian will help you keep tabs on your guinea pig’s health and spot any developing issues while they are still treatable. How long do guinea pigs live?

Can you put guinea pig bedding in a cage?

Traditional guinea pig bedding often contains some dust, which can be harmful for your guinea pigs’ respiratory system. However, cage liners are dust free! Before putting the fleece liners in your guinea pig cage, it is recommended to wash and dry the liners at least three times before putting them in the cage, using a mild detergent.

Why is my guinea pig Itchy after a bath?

Note: A guinea pig with itching and skin issues may be suffering from mites or a fungal infection. Bathing a guinea pig with mites can cause these little pests to burrow deeper, increasing irritation and making them harder to treat.

How do you clean a dirty guinea pig?

Before you give your guinea pig a full bath, try removing surface dirt with a damp cloth. Dip a clean cloth in warm water and wring it out. Then wipe the cloth over the soiled patch of fur. If the fur looks clean, you won’t need to wash the guinea pig in water.

How common are parasites in guinea pigs?

Parasites in guinea pigs are common, although unsettling, but usually easy to treat. Always consult with your exotic vet for a proper diagnosis, as more serious conditions can cause similar symptoms.

What kind of skin problems do guinea pigs have?

Some guinea pigs are just prone to skin issues, like dandruff, especially when the weather changes. These piggies may just need simple adjustments like a dietary change or humidifier in the room. Parasites in guinea pigs are common, although unsettling, but usually easy to treat.

What should I do if my guinea pig is losing hair?

Monitor food intake and be aware of how any changes may have impacted your pet. If your guinea pig has hair loss and is itching or scratching a lot, it may have lice or mites. 1  The thought of having these things in your house—much less on the guinea pig—may make you itch all over. Lice or mites can be easy to avoid and treat.

How do you take care of a baby guinea pig’s skin?

They don’t need much, if any, bathing, and in fact, bathing them too frequently can dry out their skin. If their skin does become dry, you can use a tiny bit of natural moisturizer, like coconut oil, on it, but never use any lotions designed for humans.

How do I know if my guinea pig is healthy?

Be aware of physical changes such as hair loss, skin redness, or swelling. Monitor any changes and speak with your veterinarian if you suspect there might be something off with your pet guinea pig.

Do guinea pigs eat their babies?

Yes, guinea pigs eat their baby guinea pigs. However, guinea pigs eating babies is uncommon behavior. Guinea pigs eat their babies mostly by accident. When the mother guinea pig eats the babies, she does so because she is excessively hungry.