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babyboo
07-31-08, 03:22 pm
So I had a friend of mine babysit my guinea pig for 7 days while I was on vacation and when I went to pick her up left eye was all white. I am wondering if that means she is blind and is a cataract that caused it? Also is it contagious?

Haley0489
07-31-08, 03:46 pm
Did you ask your friend what happened? I doubt your GP would go from having a normal eye to an all white eye in a week.

Ziggy&Herald
07-31-08, 04:29 pm
It's more likely something scratched the eye, or there is bedding or hay stuck in the eyelid. She should see a vet to see if there are any scratches and if eye drops are needed. I doubt it is cataracts or that it is contagious.

Paula
08-01-08, 05:47 pm
I had a similar thing happen with my girl Reese. In the morning she was fine, in the afternoon, she had a white kind of scab looking thing on her eye. She didn't seem to be hurt by it but I took her to the vet anyway. It was just a piece of debris from the hay that they removed easily enough and fortunately there were no scratches or other issues. If it's something you can physically see on the surface of the eye it's probably not a cataract - they're smooth and very clearly under the eye's surface.

Either way your pig should see a vet right away because although it's not likely a cataract could have developed that quickly, if it is there's a serious medical condition causing it (like diabetes) and if it's not and it's something physically on the eye the pig might be in a lot of pain and need some medicine, or drops.