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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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My guinea pig won't drink its water, or eat its food and has defiantly lost weight in fact he may be under weight, he does look dull in the eyes and I have tried giving him food with water on it, but he still won't budge, I will leave him for an hour or two to see if he is ok and if it is just a faze, but each time I come to check up on him, his eyes look wet round the outside and have tons of sleep on them, please help me because me and my mum are rather worried, I have only had him under 3months..
Jessica, Crewe
Posted: 12/23/2014 2:15:45 PM
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, 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
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