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    Mochi's Medical Thread

    My guinea pig had labored breathing, coughing,ruffled fur,not eating much,almost always laying down, weird wheezing noises. Took him to the vet and the vet said it’s viral infection and to get a humidifier or nebulizer to help but wouldn’t give him any medication because he’s afraid of antibiotic resistance. We convinced him to give us diphenhydramine but he wouldn’t give us baytril. Is what the vet suggested a good solution? It doesn’t seem like it to me

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    To be blunt, it sounds like you need a new vet. A proper exotic vet would know that it's more than likely a respiratory infection. If it is indeed viral, antibiotics won't help but they won't hurt either.

    It sounds like he's already fairly ill. I would see about finding another vet asap.

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Yep, new vet. Exotic vet, not small animal. That means dogs and cats, not pocket pets.

    And ditto @Guinea Pig Papa about getting him there ASAP.

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Okay, thank you both. I thought what he was saying was wrong. We’re on our way to an emergency vet since all other vets are closed now :(

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Good luck with that. Emergency vets are not known for being guinea pig savvy.

    Let us know how he gets along.

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    They diagnosed an upper respiratory infection and prescribed baytril. They contacted an exotic vet for the dosage.
    Mochi and I are very excited

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Glad you got him in and properly diagnosed. Keep us updated on how he's doing!

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Very good!

    Watch him carefully for any signs of digestive upset. And if it were me, I'd get some BeneBac as soon as possible and give him some after every Baytril dose.

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Yeah I always keep some BeneBac on hand just in case. He’s eating a little more hay but prefers to have vegetables so I’ve been letting him snack on some bell peppers and leaf lettuce

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Don't let him overdo the veggies. They can make poop soft, and so can Baytril, and then all of a sudden he's in trouble. Better to encourage him to eat hay and pellets.

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Okay, thank you for letting me know!

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    How fast should I be able to see improvements? He’s coughed twice today and he’s still wheezing/clicking and laying down a lot

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    https://imgur.com/a/DH1V8lC
    here’s a video of him
    his breathing sounds worse in the video

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Also I was reading that lasix is good. Would anyone recommend it?

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    One more question, would a humidifier or sitting in the bathroom with hot water running help with the noises he’s making?

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Quote Originally Posted by MochiLover View Post
    Also I was reading that lasix is good. Would anyone recommend it?
    My vet gave us liquid furosemide for my CHF pig who had an incredible amount of fluid in his lungs, and it helped improve him greatly (for the short time I had him). It just depends if your pig truly needs it or could go without it. Up to the vet, of course.

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    You should start to see some results in as little as 48 hours, depending on how sick your little one is. A cool mist humidifier would certainly help with his breathing, but DO NOT put anything like Vicks or any other chemical in it. Just plain old distilled water if you can get it, tap if you can't.

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Quote Originally Posted by MochiLover View Post
    https://imgur.com/a/DH1V8lC
    here’s a video of him
    his breathing sounds worse in the video

    Poor little fella. Yeah, it may take a few days for him to feel better. Just make sure he's eating and drinking enough. I believe you already know the drill with a sick pig. Benebac, syringe feeding and the like.

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    Okay, we’ll get one of those then. I’ve never had a pig with a uri sound so bad, so it’s worrying me haha.

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    Re: Guinea pig labored breathing and coughing

    How is he doing today? Any positive progress?

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