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Signs Your Guinea Pig is Sick

Look for signs to tell if your guinea pig is sick.

By Audrey Pavia
Posted: March 31, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Health guinea pigs usually exhibit the following signs:

  • Bright, clear eyes
  • Shiny, thick coat
  • Good appetite
  • Alert and active
  • Firm, moist stool

A sick guinea pig may show the following signs:

  • Bloated abdomen
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose
  • Dull look in the eyes
  • Labored breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss

If a guinea pig is showing any of these signs of illness, contact an exotics veterinarian immediately.

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I have two guinea pigs one is active the other not so active but today his been looking depressed he just lays on his side so im really worried because its to late to take him to a vet because its closed. So I really need to know whats wrong with him.
william, International
Posted: 6/5/2014 9:54:03 PM
My new guinea pig from petco is little it's just a baby and he's a little thin but he's not really alert he plays with my older guinea pig he's strong thick and playful I guess ill get him checked by a vet like a responsible pet owner I am...
Lucy, Lansing, AL
Posted: 5/21/2014 3:40:17 AM
Felicity, Crusty eyes are not normal for guinea pigs. If you take your guinea pig to a veterinarian who regularly treats guinea pigs, he or she should be able to tell you what is going on. If you need help finding a vet in your area, search the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians' website, www.aemv.org Meanwhile, here's a link to a previously answered question that mentions crusty eyes in a guinea pig. There can be many causes for this, so a visit to a vet is the best course of action. Good luck! LINK
Marylou, Irvine, CA
Posted: 2/18/2014 10:43:19 AM
My guinea pig has his eyes all crusted up and I don't know if he is sick or not. I just got him yesterday and he does not have any of these symptoms. He is eating good. He is very active and he is not having any problems using the bathroom or anything. Do you think it is just the new bedding or something? If so, when do you think it will go away
Felicity, Moundsville, WV
Posted: 2/17/2014 11:38:06 AM
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