Q. My guinea pig. Is not eating today she's laying on her side she's breathing, but as soon, barely bringing like reading very slow. This weekend my husband came and I told him not to feed. The guinea pigs like all this watermelon and stuff

Sun, Jul 16, 2023

I don't have any videos or pictures right now but I can take more if I can speak to a vet it's just she's not eating she's not moving she's just breathing very slowly I don't know where the throat or I'm scared looking around I don't know what to do I just need somebody to help me figure out what to do
What are causes & treatment?

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There could be several potential causes for her symptoms. It's important to note that without a physical examination and additional information, it can be challenging to provide a definitive diagnosis.

1. Lack of appetite: A guinea pig not eating can be a sign of various underlying issues. It could be due to dental problems, gastrointestinal issues, pain, stress, or even an underlying illness. Observe if she has any difficulty chewing or swallowing, drooling, or if her teeth appear overgrown.

2. Dietary changes: You mentioned that your husband fed the guinea pig watermelon and other foods over the weekend. Sudden changes in diet, especially introducing high-sugar or high-water content foods like watermelon, can upset their digestive system and lead to gastrointestinal disturbances. This could potentially cause a loss of appetite and lethargy.

3. Gastrointestinal stasis: Guinea pigs have a sensitive digestive system, and any disruption in their normal gut motility can result in gastrointestinal stasis. This condition occurs when the digestive system slows down or stops, leading to a decrease in appetite, reduced fecal output, and abdominal discomfort. It is crucial to ensure your guinea pig has a high-fiber diet and access to fresh water at all times.

4. Respiratory issues: Guinea pigs are prone to respiratory infections, which can cause difficulty breathing and lethargy. If you notice any nasal discharge, sneezing, or wheezing, it could indicate a respiratory problem.

Based on the symptoms you described, it is essential to monitor your guinea pig closely and take appropriate action. Here are some steps you can take at home:

1. Isolate your guinea pig: If you have other guinea pigs, it is crucial to separate the sick one to prevent the potential spread of any contagious diseases.

2. Provide a quiet and warm environment: Ensure your guinea pig is in a quiet and warm area of your home. Avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes, as they can worsen her condition.

3. Offer her favorite foods: While she may not be eating her regular diet, try offering her small amounts of her favorite foods to entice her appetite. Fresh hay, a small piece of carrot, or a few pellets may help stimulate her interest in eating.

4. Encourage hydration: Ensure she has access to fresh water at all times. If she is not drinking, you can try offering water through a syringe or a small dropper to prevent dehydration.

It is important to understand that these home care measures are temporary and should not replace veterinary care. If her condition does not improve within a few hours or if she worsens, it is crucial to seek immediate veterinary attention. A veterinarian will be able to perform a thorough examination, provide a proper diagnosis, and recommend appropriate treatment options.

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