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    Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    So earlier today I noticed that my guinea pig has a very bulgy nose. I thought nothing really of it... I thought it was just in my mind. But I then had a closer look at his nose and saw that it was VERY runny... and the bulge was definitely not in my head. I'll attach an image below of his nose. Please any help would be highly appreciated!!!

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    Poor baby, it really looks swollen. I would definitely go see a vet, urgently!

    Good luck

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    No bite marks on it from another pig? And are you sure it's not always that shape? I've got a pig with a nose exactly like that.

    The runny part is enough to send me to the vet with him, since it looks a little yellowish to me, and that's a sign of infection. But monitors render color differently, so if it doesn't look that way to you, you might just wait a little and watch like a hawk to see if he develops any URI symptoms.

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    Nose size looks normal to me, but the runny nose would send me running to the vet.

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    What's normal for one pig isn't for another. Just because pigs can have noses like this normally, doesn't mean this pig's nose isn't bulgy. The owner knows him best.

    Runny nose is definitely not a symptom anyone wants, though. I'd take him to the vet.


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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    Ditto on all counts. All pigs are different, but a runny nose like that would have my boys at the vet pronto.

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    Below is a photo of what my piggies nose looked like less than a month ago... to me it kinda looks bulgy for some reason.


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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    I'd take the pig to a vet ASAP.

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    UPDATE:
    On the way to the vet he started sneezing blood... the vet said that it could be a tumour, an infection or something stuck up his nose, like a seed from the hay, and in the way it got bumped and that may be why it started to bleed. She prescribed enrotril and said drop saline down his nose.. I hope he gets better


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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    No diagnostic test?

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by pouty View Post
    No diagnostic test?
    No nothing like that she just prescribed enrotril


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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    Is this vet an exotics vet?

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    I would get him back into a vet who's willing to do diagnostics ASAP.

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by FailedFoster View Post
    I would get him back into a vet who's willing to do diagnostics ASAP.
    Ok. What would them doing diagnostics involve??


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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    Taking a look, doing x-rays or other imaging, maybe taking blood, etc. The vet you went to just prescribed medication without doing anything to figure out what was causing it?? I wouldn't go back there ever. Find an exotics vet in your area, they will know to do diagnostics.

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    If you have a hard time finding an exotics vet, I might be able to find one if you want to let me know the general area of where you're at. I have a lot of experience looking for exotics vet in different areas.

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    IMHO labs are often a waste of time and money. As a first step, I would do an x-ray since most vet offices/clinics have an x-ray unit and x-rays aren't terribly expensive. if the symptoms persist, I would request an ultrasound which will show soft tissues and/or masses. Most clinics do not have ultrasound facilities and depend on a traveling ultrasonographer to do their studies.

    And, yes I agree that you absolutely need to see a vet who specializes in exotics.

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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    So his nose has totally cleared upI did only take him to the first vet and was considering going to another as suggested but decided to try the antibiotics for a couple days... thankfully they worked, however in future I might take my pigs to a different vet who offers more testing


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    Re: Urgent!!!! Runny, bulgy nose!!!

    Glad to hear he's feeling better! I'd start looking for another vet now, so that you know where you want to go in the future just in case something comes up.

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