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symptoms


If you have any doubt whatsoever as to whether or not your guinea pig needs to be seen by a vet, then the answer is "Yes, you do need to see a vet", sometimes ASAP if the situation is an emergency.

Guinea pigs are like any other living species whether two-legged or four-legged. All areas of the body can have problems or concerns that need to be evaluated, in the case of guinea pigs, by a qualified exotics vet who regularly and successfully treats guinea pigs. Below are some examples of symptoms that would or could require a visit to the vet.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Noisy breathing
  • "Hooting" when breathing
  • Discharge from eyes and/or nose
  • Crusting around the nose or eye or crusted-closed eye
  • Bulging eye
  • Bleeding from any part of the body
  • Sneezing and/or coughing
  • Dragging any limbs
  • Limping
  • Not moving
  • Seizure
  • Flaky skin
  • Clouded or white eye
  • Drooling and/or wet chin or neck
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Passing blood clots or red urine
  • Making noise when urinating
  • Sitting hunched up or facing corner of cage
  • Dull eyes
  • Doesn't respond when interacted with



  • Little or no feces and/or urine output
  • Sores on foot pads
  • Swellings or lumps or bumps
  • Mouth and/or lip sores
  • Not able to eat or not eating
  • Hair loss
  • Head tilt
  • Walking in a circle
  • Fight injuries
  • Hopping
  • Hunched up
  • Diarrhea
  • Strong odor
  • Wet rear end
  • Dropping food
  • Weight loss
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Excessive scratching
  • Difficulty with delivery
  • Unkempt or roughed up coat
  • Loss of balance; falls over