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mavsgirl89
08-21-12, 07:53 pm
hi im new to the group and i was just wondering if yall had any opinion on what might be wrong with my guinea pig. He usually runs around and squeeks when i go into his room, but lately he hasnt been running or squeeking. also he isnt eating and his eyes are stuck shut and he has white crusties on them. he also seems to have lost weight. i just dont know whats wrong with him any thoughts would be greatley appriceated thanks

ellisa
08-21-12, 07:55 pm
Well, from your description it sounds like he has an upper respiratory infection. He should see a vet ASAP. URIs are usually almost always fatal if left untreated.

If he's not eating you need to start hand feeding immediately, his gut will eventually go into stasis and his body will start shutting down.

mavsgirl89
08-21-12, 07:57 pm
thanks ill try and get him in tomorrow

ellisa
08-21-12, 07:59 pm
Here are some links for you to go over:

http://www.guinealynx.info/uri.html
http://www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html

H (http://www.guinealynx.info/uri.html)ere's a good link to go through about safe/unsafe meds and probiotics for when he sees a vet
http://www.guinealynx.info/medications.html

bpatters
08-21-12, 08:30 pm
He's very ill, and needs to be seen by a good vet ASAP. Pigs hide illnesses until it's too late, sometimes. You need to learn to recognize the signs of an URI early, so you can get him in for treatment.

You need a good exotic vet. Dog and cat vets get almost no education or experience in treating small exotic pets.

Do post back and let us know what happens with him. If the vet gives him antibiotics, as he should, you'll need some help with hand feeding and probiotics.