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himedere
01-10-17, 12:57 pm
I took my male, around 3 month old, guinea pig to the vet about three weeks ago because he was sneezing so much and exotic vet prescribed him bactrim twice a day for ten days. After four days of being on it, he seemed to be getting worse so I took him back in the checked his lungs and everything seemed to be fine. December 26th was the last day he got his antibiotics and it's been around a week now and he is still has wet sneezes (by that I mean when he sneezes liquid sprays a little bit). He is still eating and has an impeccable appetite, drinks normally, and is a HIGHLY energetic guinea pig. He constantly popcorns and runs all about. When I went to see the vet the second time he said he didn't want to give him baytril because he was worried about his bones and he told me that it could just be a virus and there is nothing they could do about that and if it was it would have to just run its course, like a common cold.

Should I still be worried ?

bpatters
01-10-17, 04:23 pm
I'd be very watchful. But if he's eating normally, and if you're weighing him daily (early morning, before breakfast) and he's not losing weight, and is normally active, I'd just observe. If he gets worse, you can always go back and ask for doxycyline, or for a nebulized antibiotic.

himedere
01-11-17, 12:04 pm
I'd be very watchful. But if he's eating normally, and if you're weighing him daily (early morning, before breakfast) and he's not losing weight, and is normally active, I'd just observe. If he gets worse, you can always go back and ask for doxycyline, or for a nebulized antibiotic.

Thank you for your advice, it's always helpful ! He is still eating, drinking, and very active. He was pretty underweight when I first got him, but he is actually gaining weight since then and is at a healthy weight ! I know it's rare, but could it possibly be allergies? There is some dust from the carefresh bedding

jaycriae
01-11-17, 07:08 pm
I have an allergy pig and use Carefresh, and the vet should be able to tell you the difference after listening with a stethoscope- a URI causes noise deep in the lungs, but allergies will just cause congestion in the nose area. (If your vet didn't hear anything in the lungs but still prescribed antibiotics, it's probably because URIs are very common and dangerous in baby pigs and it's better safe than sorry.)

Edit: Forgot to mention that if it is allergies/reaction to dust, an air purifier will help a lot. It's good for you, too!

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