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Signs Your Guinea Pig Is Dying | Guinea Pig Care 101

It’s difficult to tell the signs your guinea pig is dying. They are very good at hiding any nad health signs. By the time you find out it can already be too late. If you are unsure the best advice is to always consult your local vet who is trained in guinea pig care.  If you are able to find the signs your guinea pig is unwell early you may be able to prevent it from getting worse.

They say prevention is better than cure, and that is certainly the case when it comes to guinea pigs. Why? Because guinea pigs can quickly get ill and even die. However, there are ways to tell when your guinea pig is dying.

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5 Signs Your Guinea Pig Is Dying

1. Labored breathing and sneezing

Labored breathing and sneezing might be a result of respiratory infections like pneumonia, which can happen because of germs or a cold. Guinea pigs are very susceptible to both, and you must be very careful in handling them. 

Make sure that their cage is nowhere near an open door or cold spot in the house. You should also stay away from your guinea pigs if you have a cold to avoid contamination.

2. Watery diarrhea

While diarrhea may not be that serious for humans and other animals, it can be deadly for guinea pigs. It can be as a result of diseases, bacterial or parasitic infections, and even the wrong diet. It is essential to get your pet guinea pig looked at by a vet immediately it starts to diarrhea.

3. Refusing to eat or drink

To stay healthy, guinea pigs need to eat high fiber foods such as hay regularly. This keeps their gastrointestinal tract running smoothly, as well as protects them from the disease. 

However, guinea pigs can stop eating due to having the wrong diet or stress caused by their living conditions. It may also lead to anorexia, which can be deadly for guinea pigs.

4. Blood in urine

Blood in the urine might be a result of uroliths or bladder stones which form in the bladder and cause your guinea pig a lot of pain and discomfort. Luckily, a vet can remove them through surgery. However, it may turn deadly for the guinea pig if not taken care of immediately.

5. Limping or being slow to move and respond to commands

While several illnesses can cause your guinea pig to become sluggish, another factor that one can consider is age.

Limping and sluggishness could also be because your pet is overweight, and that means that its diet needs to change. 

Guinea Pig Care 101 – 3 Practical Tips

1. Make them comfortable 

your guinea pig needs to feel your love more than ever in the last days. Make sure that you keep it warm by wrapping it in a blanket at all times. As they are social creatures, you should also keep a guinea pig around other guinea pigs for as long as possible if there is no risk of infection.

2. Stay close with everything they need

– as your guinea pig gets sicker and sicker, it may get more difficult to do normal things. When your guinea pig is dying, try to be around to help them with food and drink. Even if they don’t eat, the care you show will make their last days memorable.

3. See a vet 

if your guinea pig gets worse, it may be time to go to the vet as they may need more then just vitamin c. Vitamin c will increase their immune system and help against further disease. You can get Vitamin C in 50 mg guinea pig tablets. If you need to take them to the VET they will give you a precise diagnosis and medicine to help alleviate the symptoms. 

These are the signs your guinea pig is dying and it may already be too late. It can take one to three days for a guinea pig to die, so use that time to bond with your pet and show them how much you care.

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5 Comments
  1. Reply
    Emma May 20, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    my piggie is lethargic and not interested in food, but i dont have the money fr a vet, im worried 🙁 she is turning 4 soon

     
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    Kathleen Wentworth May 29, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    My Bomber didn’t have any of those symptoms or signs he was fine the night before he died he was playing eating drinking purring around the girl guinea pigs we just got and trying to mate with them and weaking with them between the Cage’s we took him out of the catch the next day and he was dead.

     
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      Stina Langkaas July 27, 2020 at 3:23 am

      That sort of happened to me except there weren’t any female guineas he died the next day or maybe during the night I don’t exactly know when he dyed.

       
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    Adreana May 30, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    So my guinea pig I’ve hav for two years I hear a wheeze when he squeaks is this a sign of a cold or something similar?

     
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    Scott June 26, 2020 at 1:28 am

    My one and a half year old piggie Reese was itching his back. We gave him a under 5 lb treatment of Revolution, to treat mites. He’s been acting tired since and today, 3 days later his back legs barely work, he won’t move around and is in need of my help to get everything. He also developed loose poop. Is it a coincidence, a bad toxic reaction to the treatment, or is it Scurvy? All scurvy info says loss of mobility, or legs, loose poop and discharge from eye or nose, which he does some white stuff in eye. Getting vitamin C drops, even though they eat veggies 3 times daily and grain and hay

     

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