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Can A Guinea Pig Have A Stroke?

A guinea pig experiences tremors and has lost some of it’s motor functions.

By Karen Rosenthal, DVM, DABVP
Posted: November 27, 2008, 3:00 a.m. EDT

Q: I have a 3- to 4-year-old guinea pig. The other night, she was yelping a lot; I didn’t know why. Then, yesterday afternoon, I noticed her shaking. I think she's either having a stroke or maybe getting seizures. She shakes and rolls on the ground, and she makes a weird sound too. She can’t walk either. What causes a guinea pig to have a seizure or a stroke? Does this sound like something entirely different to you?

A: Yes, guinea pigs can have strokes and seizures. Strokes are not common, but seizures are seen in guinea pigs for various reasons. My suggestion would be to bring her to your veterinarian for a diagnosis. We may not be able to treat a stroke; it is difficult, just like it is in people. But causes of seizures can be treated, or at least controlled, with medication.

Some of the diseases that might cause seizures are metabolic diseases, heart disease or neurologic disease. Finally, although you didn’t mention it, severe skin parasite infections have been known to cause guinea pigs to go into what looks like a seizure. This is curable and easily treatable.

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Great feedback. Our 5 yo male G/pig has been having what look like seizures to me. And I was wondering if it was caused by parasite infestation.
We'll go and get some medication from the vet. Thanks for the great feedback.
Belle, International
Posted: 1/29/2013 3:31:22 PM
Our Guinea pig has just died after a stroke. He was flat on his stomach and could not move at all. We had to take him to the vet but there was nothing they could do. So we chose to let him rest in peace. He was under a year old so not sure why he had a stroke. He was completely healthy before hand.RIP Hank
Emma, Deal
Posted: 2/21/2011 1:32:32 PM
Hi,my guineapig Fluffy died on Wed. Aug.25th 2010 and he had a heartattack and died. He had the heartattack do to a bath,I guess he got frightened or swallowed some soapy water.He lost strength in his arms and legs,and his head ket tilting. Well, WE LOVE YOU FLUFFY AND WE MISS YOU!!!!

hugs and kisses from ur family and mommy gaby OXOXOXOXOX<3 we love you sooooooooooooooooooooo much god bless you<3
Gabriela, Detroit, MI
Posted: 8/28/2010 6:06:39 PM
Probably all living things can have a stroke.
???, ???, AL
Posted: 12/30/2008 3:32:08 PM
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