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    Cause of wet poop?

    I have two male guinea pigs and Iíve noticed one or both of them have been having very wet poops like diarrhea. This started a couple of days ago and I havenít been able to tell which one has been having this issue. I have seen them both have regular poops since I first noticed this, but I keep finding dried up spots of what looks like diarrhea in their cage. I feed them an unlimited supply of oxbow orchard grass hay, oxbow adult guinea pig pellets, and a handful or two of either spinach or a spring mix lettuce per day. The only thing I can think of that could be causing this is I recently changed their pellets food. I have always fed them oxbow pellets but a little while back I had to buy a small bag of kaytee pellets as I couldnít find their regular food and they needed more. I just switched them back to the oxbow pellets about a week ago so thatís why I feel like the pellets might be causing this. Should I continue to feed them the pellets and hope that they just need to get used to them again or could there be something else that might be causing this? Theyíve never had this issue before so Iím not sure why theyíre having it now. Any help would be great!

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    Re: Cause of wet poop?

    Diarrhea, or just soft poops? Diarrhea is full-on liquid, and is a much more dangerous situation than just soft/mushy poop.

    The usual course of trying to diagnose poop problems is to take them off all veggies. But in your case, the pellets may also be contributing. Did things improve when you put them back on Oxbow pellets? If so, I'd throw out the Kaytee pellets, which are pretty much crap anyway, and stick to Oxbow or KMS Hayloft.

    If nothing changed when you went back to Oxbow, then stop the veggies and see if things clear up. If so, add the veggies back one at a time, small amounts, 2-3 days between each new veggie. See if you can figure out which one is causing the problem. If there's no improvement with no veggies, then it's time to see an exotic vet. They'll probably treat both.

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    Re: Cause of wet poop?

    Thanks for you’re tips! I took all veggies out of their diet and that seemed to fix the issue. I’ve been reintroducing them slowly and so far so good!

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