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pliko
12-25-08, 10:54 am
Hello,

My guinea pig is sick and I would like some help as it's tough to find vets on this day. He's got diharrea, he doesn't eat or drink water and he's very quiet.
The only treats I've given him so far was carrots and it wasn't very often. He eats regular package food (don't know the exact word for it as I'm not english) and alfafa hay. Someone told me to switch to timothy hay as alfafa has too much calcium. Please take your time to read this post and give your 2 cents about this, I would really appreciate.

Best Regards,
Pliko

guineapigluver1
12-25-08, 11:48 am
Yes, your pig needs a grass hay (timothy being the most common but others are, bermuda, brome, bluegrass, orchard, and sweet meadow) available 24/7 (which means he needs access to hay at all times). As for the diarrhea, as soon as is possible you need to get the pig to the vet Pet Pexctillin (http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/product_detail.asp?pf_id=10435805&dept_id=176&brand_id=651&Page=) helps treat diarrhea, but no the problem, so he needs to see a cavy vet.
Read Guinea Lynx (http://www.guinealynx.info). It's the best website in regards to medical reference.

Ly&Pigs
12-25-08, 02:01 pm
Do not use over the counter medications like the one linked above for guinea pigs. They can often be dangerous. The one above is labeled for dogs.

If your pig is not eating then you need to handfeed using either a pellet mash or critical care mixed with plain pedialyte and then get your pig into a cavy savvy vet as soon as possible.

Are you feeding plain pellets (the packaged food) or is it a mix of stuff?

rabbitsncavyluv
12-25-08, 02:21 pm
Is is true diahhrea or soft poops?

Read Guinea Lynx :: Diarrhea (http://www.guinealynx.info/diarrhea.html) and Guinea Lynx :: Impaction (http://www.guinealynx.info/impaction.html)

And review diet .. you need to make some adjustments or your pig may develop scurvy or teeth issues Guinea Lynx :: Diet (http://www.guinealynx.info/diet.html)

guineapigluver1
12-25-08, 04:10 pm
Do not use over the counter medications like the one linked above for guinea pigs. They can often be dangerous. The one above is labeled for dogs.

If your pig is not eating then you need to handfeed using either a pellet mash or critical care mixed with plain pedialyte and then get your pig into a cavy savvy vet as soon as possible.

Are you feeding plain pellets (the packaged food) or is it a mix of stuff?

Whoa. Really? I didn't know that. I got that off of Guinea Lynx...

salana
12-25-08, 06:28 pm
Pet Pectillin can help some guinea pigs with some causes of diarrhea. But you need to see a vet to determine what is causing it. If he ate too many carrots and has an upset stomach, the Pet Pectillin will probably help. If he has parasites, or an overgrowth of bad bacteria, it will not help and may hurt.

Whatever the cause, you need to handfeed.

Guinea Lynx :: Hand Feeding (http://www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html)

Clay's Pooka
12-26-08, 03:52 pm
How do you hand feed? I can't imagine how one would do this.

guineapigluver1
12-27-08, 12:08 pm
Guinea Lynx :: Hand Feeding (http://www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html)