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Guinea Pig Health

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On a slightly more serious note though, health, as you might imagine, can be a really BIG topic. We are going to try and keep it simple and give a little guide to what’s normal and what’s not! Here goes…

SPOT THE SIGNS EARLY - HERE'S OUR HEALTH CHECK GUIDE

Eyes

Thumbs Up: Bright and clear, white milky substance secreted at corner of eyes for grooming.

Thumbs Down: Runny, crusty, cloudy, sunken-in.

Nose

Thumbs Up: Dry, clear, easy breathing.

Thumbs Down: Sneezing, snotty / running / crusty, laboured breathing.

Mouth / Teeth

Thumbs Up: Evenly worn teeth, able to eat and drink easily.

Thumbs Down: Drool or dribble, uneven teeth, wheezing or difficulty breathing.

Ears

Thumbs Up: Clean with no signs of damage.

Thumbs Down: Dirt or excessive build-up of wax, crusty sores or scabs.

Fur and Skin

Thumbs Up: Glossy coat, small bald patches just behind the ears are normal, as are small patches on the inside of the front legs

Thumbs Down: Hair loss, scratching, dandruff, wounds, sores, lumps

Droppings (Poop!)

Thumbs Up: Oval shaped poops brown to dark brown in colour, greener softer cecal droppings to be re-ingested for nutrient absorption.

Thumbs Down: Unevenly shaped or smaller than usual droppings, clumps of poop, diarrhoea.

Urine

Thumbs Up: Clear or cloudy in colour, powder like deposits

Thumbs Down: Gritty texture, bad smell, blood traces

Feet

Thumbs Up: Soft and clean pad of the foot.

Thumbs Down: Nails too long, sores and/or swelling of the footpad.

Behaviour

Thumbs Up: You know your piggies best – observe their behaviour and personality.

Thumbs Down: Changes to normal behaviour, this could be hiding away, not eating, refusing their favourite treats.

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At-home Care for Your Guinea Pigs

There are plenty of things you can do at home for your piggies and it means you get to spend some extra time bonding with them too! Check out some of our tips for pampering those piggies!

Nail Trimming

Top Tips!

Grooming

Weighing

And Finally

There is a wealth of information out there, which goes into much more detail as regards the potential health issues for guinea pigs. If you have concerns, have a look at websites such as:

www.guinealynx.info/medical_guide.html

www.theguineapigforum.co.uk

 Guinea pigs make wonderful pets, but they do have specialist needs and by nature are prey animals, so they can cover up the signs and symptoms of illnesses really well. Do your best by them and show an interest in their general well-being and personality, so you can tell if they are ‘not themselves’. You can also do yourself a favour and try your best to find a good exotic vet with specialist knowledge of guinea pigs. This could literally be a life-saver!

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