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    Question Is she having a bad day or is she not feeling well?

    So, my two babies just got off some antibiotics 4 days ago for an upper respiratory infection. Gemma and Agnes were doing great while taking it! Then, last night and this morning Gemma has been acting a little strange. Actually, they both have. Gemma has been a bit more lazy than usual, laying in her little blanket and not coming out often. She still eats and drinks, but she's just been lazy. Not really acting like herself. Could this be her cycle in heat? Or her just getting growing pains, like she's getting older and lazier? I'm just worried because Friday/Saturday she was acting like her normal self and the Sunday/Monday (today) she has been acting weird. She is usually quite talkative too, and recently she hasn't been. Should I have already called the vet?
    Agnes is pretty much normal, she just isn't drinking as much water. I read somewhere that they can get water from their fruits and veggies and that they won't drink as much the older they get. Is that true?
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    Re: Is she having a bad day or is she not feeling well?

    Some pigs drink, some don't, some take it by spells.

    The best way you can tell if they're developing some kind of problem is to weigh them regularly and track their weights. If you've got one acting a little "off," then weigh daily. Weight loss and odd behavior are often the very first signs of illness.

    Weigh first thing in the morning before breakfast. You'll be weighing the most amount of pig and the least amount of food and poop at that time.

    The only effect heat has on their behavior is that they can (but not necessarily will) be more aggressive toward cage mates. It definitely does not make them lazy or make them hide.

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    Re: Is she having a bad day or is she not feeling well?

    Okay thank you! What scale do you recommend for guinea pigs?

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    Re: Is she having a bad day or is she not feeling well?

    Any kitchen scale that weighs up to five pounds in both ounces and grams is fine. They're widely available for about $15 or less. Some are easier to get the pig on than others, so consider that before you buy.

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