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    My cavy is in pain

    My cavy seems to be in a lot of pain. She sometimes will run around the cage frantically like something's chasing her while flinching. She was okay when I held her, but when I pet her she jumped like it hurt. I'm guessing this has been caused by old age, but it seems really bad for her. What can I do to help her?

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    Re: My cavy is in pain

    What do you mean, "while flinching?"

    If she's jumping when you pet her, she could have mites. They can make a pig mighty cranky.

    How old is she?

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    Re: My cavy is in pain

    She hops around her cage and flinches, like she's trying to get away from the pain. Mites could be a reason, but when I pet her it seemed like a specific spot was bothering her because she didn't flinch every time I pet her, only near her shoulders. She is almost five years old and her sister has already died of old age.

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    Re: My cavy is in pain

    Is it possible she has fallen from somewhere and injured herself? Perhaps she has arthritis? Is she by any chance a satin? A trip to a good exotics vet sounds necessary, they should be able to diagnose her (x-rays may be necessary for diagnosing her) and put her onto medication, like metacam, to help manage her pain.

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    Re: My cavy is in pain

    I don't think she could have fallen from anywhere, since she's always in her cage and I own her, so my family would ask before taking her out. It could be arthritis, actually. I just know that the vet is really expensive and sometimes there's nothing they can do to help guinea pigs, so I want to make sure it is absolutely necessary.

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    Re: My cavy is in pain

    Most vets are not trained to deal with guinea pigs, if you post your general location we may be able to help you find one who is.

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    Re: My cavy is in pain

    Five years old is not old. A healthy 5 year old pig would most likely not be arthritic, unless it has a previous injury. Do not jump to the conclusion that it's "just old age", because it's not. Even pigs older than yours will still need to be treated by a vet if something like this were occurring.

    Mites can concentrate in one area, making that area painful to the touch.

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