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He’s breathing and moving around very little

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If your guinea pig is breathing but moving very little, it's important to assess the situation carefully. A sudden decrease in activity can be a sign of various health issues, ranging from respiratory infections to gastrointestinal problems.

Firstly, ensure that your guinea pig's environment is comfortable and stress-free. The habitat should be clean, at a suitable temperature, and away from loud noises or predators. Check that your pet has access to fresh water and is eating properly. A lack of appetite can be a sign of illness.

Since guinea pigs are prone to respiratory infections, listen for any abnormal breathing sounds like wheezing or clicking, which could indicate a problem. Also, observe the nostrils for any discharge. Respiratory issues can lead to lethargy and decreased movement.

Another concern could be gastrointestinal stasis, where the digestive system slows down or stops. This is a serious condition that can cause pain and lead to decreased movement. Look for signs of bloating, changes in fecal output, or if your guinea pig is straining or looks uncomfortable when trying to defecate.

Pain from other sources, such as urinary tract infections or dental problems, can also cause a guinea pig to move less. Check for any signs of blood in the urine or difficulty eating, which could indicate these issues.

In the meantime, ensure that your guinea pig's bedding is clean and dry to prevent any skin infections that could arise from sitting in one place for too long. If your pet is not moving much, you may need to gently reposition it periodically to prevent pressure sores.

If you notice any of the following additional symptoms, it would be necessary to seek immediate veterinary care:

- Labored or open-mouth breathing, which could indicate severe respiratory distress.
- A complete lack of appetite or not drinking water for several hours.
- A distended or hard abdomen, which could suggest serious digestive issues.
- Blood in the urine or feces, indicating possible internal problems.
- Sudden, unexplained weight loss or gain.
- Signs of pain when being touched or picked up, such as crying out or biting.

It's crucial to monitor your guinea pig closely for any changes in behavior or worsening of symptoms. If your pet's condition does not improve or deteriorates, it is imperative to seek veterinary assistance as soon as possible. Guinea pigs can deteriorate quickly, so timely intervention is key to their recovery.

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