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    Guinea Pig Jumped Out of Hand and Isn't Acting Normally

    Hello, this is quite urgent, my young female guinea pig fell out of my hands when I picked her up out of her cage and is now acting very lethargic and breathing heavily. I tried to entice her using hay, but she can barely lift her body to reach it. She tries to get up, but tends to fall over and lay down after a few seconds. My dad does not get his next paycheck for 3 days, and I'm worried that her condition is severe and I don't want her to get worse. I would like some suggestions on how to care for her until we can take her to the vet, thank you.

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    Re: Guinea Pig Jumped Out of Hand and Isn't Acting Normally

    Quote Originally Posted by renkun99 View Post
    Hello, this is quite urgent, my young female guinea pig fell out of my hands when I picked her up out of her cage and is now acting very lethargic and breathing heavily. I tried to entice her using hay, but she can barely lift her body to reach it. She tries to get up, but tends to fall over and lay down after a few seconds. My dad does not get his next paycheck for 3 days, and I'm worried that her condition is severe and I don't want her to get worse. I would like some suggestions on how to care for her until we can take her to the vet, thank you.
    I would recommend that you take her ASAP~ she could have broken something, is there no way you could bring her to the vet? she MIGHT not make it in 3 days especially if she stops eating.

    As for the care, theres nothing much that can be done because we're not professional vets, but maybe you can closely monitor her actions, see if she seems to be in pain when walking or anything

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    Re: Guinea Pig Jumped Out of Hand and Isn't Acting Normally

    She needs to be seen by a vet now. She's undoubtedly in pain, and may have punctured a lung with a broken rib.

    This is why everyone with a guinea pig needs an emergency vet fund on hand at all times. You may never need it, but if you do, you've got it. Your pig depends on you for everything, and medical care is just as much as part of responsible pet ownership as food, water and housing.

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    Re: Guinea Pig Jumped Out of Hand and Isn't Acting Normally

    Quote Originally Posted by PiggyBaby View Post
    I would recommend that you take her ASAP~ she could have broken something, is there no way you could bring her to the vet? she MIGHT not make it in 3 days especially if she stops eating.

    As for the care, theres nothing much that can be done because we're not professional vets, but maybe you can closely monitor her actions, see if she seems to be in pain when walking or anything
    My dad and I are watching her closely, she's doing better, her breathing is fine but she's not eating so we're going to take her to a vet tomorrow. My issue now is she's not eating, so is there anything I can do to entice her to eat? Thanks for the advice.

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    Re: Guinea Pig Jumped Out of Hand and Isn't Acting Normally

    Quote Originally Posted by renkun99 View Post
    My dad and I are watching her closely, she's doing better, her breathing is fine but she's not eating so we're going to take her to a vet tomorrow. My issue now is she's not eating, so is there anything I can do to entice her to eat? Thanks for the advice.
    When guinea pigs don't want to eat, then there's no way you can entice them, did she totally not have a bite in the past 24 hrs? How about drinking water?

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    Re: Guinea Pig Jumped Out of Hand and Isn't Acting Normally

    How frightening and worried you must be. I understand about not having a exotic pet vet near by. I'm out in the middle of nowhere. Local vet takes care of everything. I have to drive 200 miles for an exotic vet. Hope your pig is ok. Keep us informed and good luck.

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