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PostSubject: Illnesses, virus?   Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:07 am

Guinea pigs should have veterinary exams done twice a year. At your first visit, have your veterinarian show you how to clip Piggy's nails, which will need to be done every two weeks or so. He or she may also suggest having your pet's teeth trimmed regularly, as well.

The most common health problem seen in guinea pigs are colds that result from drafts, dampness or temperature fluctuations. While we don't think of colds as being too serious, Piggy's cold can quickly develop into pneumonia, so it's important to have him examined by your veterinarian as soon as you notice signs of illness. Also, if your pet stops eating, have him seen immediately by the veterinarian, as this can be life-threatening.

To keep your guinea pig as healthy as can be, take time every day to examine him for lumps, cuts, fleas, ticks or lice. If Piggy displays a hunched or huddled posture, he could be injured or sick. Guinea pigs are prone to abscesses under their chins, too, where their lymph nodes are. Other common signs of illness include diarrhea, weight loss or excessive weight gain, inactivity, not going to the bathroom, nasal or eye discharge, hair loss, incoordination, or limping. If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment with your veterinarian right away to get your friend back on the road to good health.

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PostSubject: Re: Illnesses, virus?   Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:13 am

Get to know your piggy. Is he/she a talker, a runner, interested in particular things? When they stop acting the way they usually do, check for problems. Listen to their breathing for any signs of raspiness. Check their eyes for crusting or running that leaves a track in their fur. Check their noses for discharge. Gently squeeze around for any signs of lumps, and check all their extremeties for possible injuries. They will try to hide injuries, as prey animals want to appear heathly and capable.
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PostSubject: Re: Illnesses, virus?   Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:19 am

Thanks for pointing out some good details. Members will find this very helpful!

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