View Full Version : Weight Loss Is something wrong? Please help!

07-22-09, 09:31 am
My oldest piggie is about a year and a half. I really have not done a lot of things I was supposed to do up until a few months ago. On June 6th, I took her to the vet for a wellness check-up (her first one). The vet said she looked fine. They also weighed her.

I have not been weighing her weekly, but, yesterday, I got a scale, and I weighed her this morning. She was exactly a pound and a half (680 g. according to a conversion calculator). I then called the vet, and they said the weight they recorded for her a month and a half or so ago was 737 g. or about 1.62 pounds. Now, I don't know what to do. On the one hand, she was weighed at a different time of day, and the vet said (at the time) that she was a bit bloated, and she seemed to not want to poop while in the vet's office, so that could be a factor. On the other hand, I think she may have actually lost the weight, but then again, I am very paranoid about her, since she is a pet store pig, and I didn't feed and house her right in the beginning.

Is that much weight loss a cause for alarm? What's within norm?

Also, I can always feel her hip bones, spine, etc., although I give unlimited hay, pellets, and veggies twice a day. She eats all her veggies, and she loves hay.

07-22-09, 10:25 am
From Guinea Lynx's Weigh Weekly! Page (http://www.guinealynx.info/weigh.html):

http://www.guinealynx.info/dt.gif One ounce [28.3495 g, 0.062499 lb] weight fluctuation is OK.
http://www.guinealynx.info/dt.gif Two ounces [56.6990 g, 0.124999 lb] - Go on alert.
http://www.guinealynx.info/dt.gif Three ounces [85.0485 g, 0.187499 lb] - Extreme red alert.
http://www.guinealynx.info/dt.gif Four ounces [113.398 g, 0.249999 lb] - Get the pig to a vet.

I would wonder if one of the scales is inaccurate. You could call your vet and see if it would be alright for you to just bring your pig in an weigh them on their scale to see the difference. I can't imagine they'd charge you for that. I would also start weighing her at the same time every day to see if she is continuing to lose weight, if so she needs to see a vet quickly. Is your vet cavy savvy?

07-22-09, 10:32 am
I you just bought a cheap kitchen scale, she probually hasnt lost much weight, your scale just isn't as good as the vet's.

07-22-09, 01:21 pm
I do have a cavy savvy vet, but I am not sure just how good she is. I will definitely make sure to weigh her daily. I am just concerned that maybe she has worms or something like that. She has always been small and not very plump. She is also always quiet and doesn't jump around or wheek almost at all, so it's very hard for me to tell if something's wrong.

07-22-09, 01:27 pm
I strongly suspect it's a combo of the factors you mentioned, and it being a different scale. It's really unlikely to get the exact same reading from different scales.

07-22-09, 03:45 pm
Worms are not at all common in guinea pigs. Many pigs are naturally small, especially if they did not receive proper nutrition when they were young. I would guess your pig is not sick, but I would weigh her regularly over the next few days and watch her closely.

Also, weekly weighing is very important. It's easy and doesn't take long. And it can mean the difference between saving or losing your pig.