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    Guinea Pig Sneezing/Wheezing???

    Hi,
    My male guinea pig sometimes makes this sneezing/coughing sound. He's in a cage that isn't really dusty (I'm using CareFresh ULTRA which is suppose to have less dust than the normal CareFresh), with only houses that provide good circulation. He eats, drinks, and does his business normally. There are no other signs of a problem, no problems breathing, nothing. His urine is a normal color, and I think he's pooping normally (he lives with another pig, so it's hard to tell). Sometimes he sneezes randomly, but mostly it's when he's grooming himself. Occasionally I'll hear him cough a bit, but not a lot. Everything else about him is fine (except the normal cuteness factor :D).

    Is that bad, and what does it mean?

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    Re: Guinea Pig Sneezing/Wheezing???

    Oh, I forgot to add that he does his sneezing thing sometimes randomly, sometimes eating, sometimes while grooming. It's never more than twice a day.

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    Re: Guinea Pig Sneezing/Wheezing???

    Twice a day seems like a lot. He may have the start of a URI or hidden heart issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitsncavyluv View Post
    Twice a day seems like a lot. He may have the start of a URI or hidden heart issues.
    I said it's never more than twice a day. Oh, and I don't mean every single day. The most he's done it is once in a day, and then the next day not at all, and then the next maybe one. It's really pretty random. I've scheduled a vet to look at it, but the only appointment I could get is Thursday. His previous owner never had this problem, and he has always been healthy. Is he going to be okay until then if he does have heart issues or URI? Usually it's just once a week or less. Some people say that it's because the pig is eating or drinking too quickly, could this be it?

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    Re: Guinea Pig Sneezing/Wheezing???

    Twice so far today, while lying down.

    Please someone help!

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    Re: Guinea Pig Sneezing/Wheezing???

    Sneezing twice in one day really isn't anything to worry about. If he starts sneezing a few times in an hour, then it's something to worry about.

    If you think there is a problem, get a vet appointment as there is nothing we can really do to help you. Not being rude or mean by saying that but we can't diagnose nor treat your pig.

    Pigs sneeze when they get stuff in their nose just like we do. What kind of hay are you feeding? Is it dusty?

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    Re: Guinea Pig Sneezing/Wheezing???

    Sometimes one of my sows coughs/gags. It's like once in a great while. I think she's eating to fast. You said he also coughs sometimes.

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