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sick guinea pigs

Post by Stephanie Murp » Thu, 23 Dec 1999 04:00:00



Hi,  I've had guinea pigs for several years with very little health
problems, that is until lately..I have lost a couple of them within one
weeks time and have no idea why.  They quit eating, drinking, loose
weight  really fast, they're nose gets all stuffy and eyes matt up
really bad.  By the time I see any signes that something is wrong they
usually die within a day or so.. Someone thought it sounds like
distemper, but I don't know if they can get this.   The vet in my area
doesn't know anything about small animals.  When my friend and I clean
out the piggies we use bleach to disenfect the cages and food and water
bottles, and we do rinse them very well also.  Plus one of the piggies
that died was in another room by itself away from all the rest, and
these two piggies that died was only under 2 years of age.  I have four
more that seem to be doing fine so far, and that's the way I'd like to
keep it, so if anyone has any ideas what may have gotten them I sure
would like to know.  Thank for any help, Stephanie
 
 
 

sick guinea pigs

Post by Ian Shurvill » Thu, 23 Dec 1999 04:00:00


I don't think you should use house hold bleach to clean out hutches, the
fumes can be very harmful to all animals, ven after a day or two airing.
Are you positive that the cleaner isn't causing the problem?
Jennifer S

Quote:
> Hi,  I've had guinea pigs for several years with very little health
> problems, that is until lately..I have lost a couple of them within one
> weeks time and have no idea why.  They quit eating, drinking, loose
> weight  really fast, they're nose gets all stuffy and eyes matt up
> really bad.  By the time I see any signes that something is wrong they
> usually die within a day or so.. Someone thought it sounds like
> distemper, but I don't know if they can get this.   The vet in my area
> doesn't know anything about small animals.  When my friend and I clean
> out the piggies we use bleach to disenfect the cages and food and water
> bottles, and we do rinse them very well also.  Plus one of the piggies
> that died was in another room by itself away from all the rest, and
> these two piggies that died was only under 2 years of age.  I have four
> more that seem to be doing fine so far, and that's the way I'd like to
> keep it, so if anyone has any ideas what may have gotten them I sure
> would like to know.  Thank for any help, Stephanie

 
 
 

sick guinea pigs

Post by pint » Thu, 23 Dec 1999 04:00:00


It could be bordatella (kennel cough) which is an airborn virus.
Rabbits are known to be carriers and there is a possibility that
contaminated mice can contaminate feed. Unfortunately, if that is the
problem, there is very little you can do although it is possible to
vaccinate against it.

It probably wouldn't be a bad idea, considering the seriousness of the
situation to put the remaining pigs on a preventative course of
antibiotics. If it's an upper respiratory infection, the antibiotics
should take care of it.

I would also get fresh feed, in case that is where the illness is
coming from. I don't know if you can test the feed for contamination or
not.

Ask your vet if they can test for bordatella and if so, and if it is,
are you in time to vaccinate the others against it.

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Post by John B. Virnic » Sun, 26 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Dear Stephanie,
I have raised pigs for years and my bet would be wastings. It is a liver
and kidney ailment that strikes very quickly. All the symptoms are right on
the money. There is no cause and it is not catching as far as the doctors
can tell. The rest of your pigs should be fine. You can always have your
vet send a dead pig away to be posted, but that does tend to be expensive.
Good luck
Quote:

> Hi,  I've had guinea pigs for several years with very little health
> problems, that is until lately..I have lost a couple of them within one
> weeks time and have no idea why.  They quit eating, drinking, loose
> weight  really fast, they're nose gets all stuffy and eyes matt up
> really bad.  By the time I see any signes that something is wrong they
> usually die within a day or so.. Someone thought it sounds like
> distemper, but I don't know if they can get this.   The vet in my area
> doesn't know anything about small animals.  When my friend and I clean
> out the piggies we use bleach to disenfect the cages and food and water
> bottles, and we do rinse them very well also.  Plus one of the piggies
> that died was in another room by itself away from all the rest, and
> these two piggies that died was only under 2 years of age.  I have four
> more that seem to be doing fine so far, and that's the way I'd like to
> keep it, so if anyone has any ideas what may have gotten them I sure
> would like to know.  Thank for any help, Stephanie