Diarrhea in Guinea Pigs

What is Diarrhea in Guinea Pigs

Diarrhea is more common among young guinea pigs than in adults, but it can also happen at any age. You should inspect your guinea pig’s poop every day. Your veterinarian should be contacted immediately if you notice soft stool or watery diarrhea.Blue Colored Birds 

Diarrhea may cause loss of nutrients and dehydration. If not treated quickly, it can become more severe. You should keep guinea pigs with diarrhea away from other pigs to prevent the spread of infectious agents.

How veterinarians diagnose Diarrhea in Guinea Pigs

Diagnosis of diarrhea in Guinea Pigs is made by Veterinarians on the basis of husbandry history, medical history and physical exam findings.Your veterinarian may ask you questions to help diagnose the problem.Your veterinarian will examine your body for signs of dehydration, such as a prolonged skin tent, sunken eye, or tacky gums, during a physical exam. Your veterinarian will listen to your heart, lungs, stomach, and gut for abnormal sounds. 

They will also conduct a comprehensive oral exam to determine if there are any dental diseases that could be contributing to diarrhea. They will examine the mouth for signs of trauma, such as entrapment of the tongue or sharp teeth. To determine if the dog has a fever, your vet may also check their rectal temperature.

To evaluate parasites, your veterinarian may take feces samples. If there are concerns about a systemic/whole body illness, bloodwork and urinalysis may be required. For more severe cases, x-rays may be required to evaluate the intestines and a twisted stomach. Ultrasound can also help to assess the internal organ architecture.

Diarrhea Treatment in Guinea Pigs

The severity of the diarrhea and any other conditions/issues will determine how treatment is done.For mild cases, fluids will be applied under the skin to replenish water and electrolytes.For more serious cases, hospitalization may be necessary for monitoring and support. Do Birds Have Ears  Your guineapig may also require more intravenous fluid therapy or subcutaneous fluid treatment, frequent syringe feeds, treatment for any infections, and pain management. Treatment of fungal, bacterial or parasitic infections is essential.

Diarrhea Management and Recovery in Guinea Pigs

The severity and speed of medical intervention will determine the extent and treatment of diarrhea in Guinea Pigs.Monitor any changes in activity, appetite, urine output, or body weight when your guinea-pig is at home.You should change your bedding every 2-3 weeks if sanitation is a concern. Spot-cleaning of soiled bedding should be done daily. Carefresh bedding is safe for the guinea-pig’s respiratory system and easy to spot clean.

Clean and disinfect all food bowls and water bottles/bowls.Your cavy should be fed high-quality grasshay and commercial guinea pork pellets if diet is an issue. Your cavy should also be given vitamin C supplements and fresh vegetables, such as red pepper. Only provide fresh, washed fruits and vegetables on a limited basis.

To prevent diarrhea-causing contagions from spreading, you should quarantine any new Guinea Pigs for at least 2 weeks before you allow them to be released.

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