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    How much water should a guinea pig be drinking a day?

    I was wondering how much they should be drinking. My boy Socks drinks a lot of water, more than my other two boys. I was just concerned!

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    Re: How much water should a guinea pig be drinking a day?

    How many times a day does he get at the water bottle? Does he seem to "always" be there when ever you look at him?

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    Re: How much water should a guinea pig be drinking a day?

    I'm not sure how many times, but yes he seem to always be at the water bottle. When its empty he sits there and squeaks at me loudly. The others don't really do that and I always have to watch the bottles to make sure he hasn't drank it all!

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    Re: How much water should a guinea pig be drinking a day?

    Well I don't know too much about guinea pig anatomy so far but from GuineaLynx I got this from under Water Consumption (http://www.guinealynx.info/normal.html) I know in horses, dogs, and cats excessive water consumption can be a sign of kidney stress. Only a vet could tell you for sure.

    Water consumption is different for each guinea pig. Consumption is dependent on temperature, taste of water, activity, and preference. A guinea pig provided ample vegetable matter (rinsed and still wet) might appear to drink very little during the day. If you are concerned, check for signs of dehydration.

    Possible causes of excess water consumption:

    Diabetes
    Kidney failure
    Pain
    Hunger

    Ill animals (especially those with molar problems) may be unable to eat but will drink excessive amounts of water. Make sure your guinea pig is not just playing with the water bottle (or that the water bottle is not leaking) if you suspect your pet is drinking too much
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