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    Respitory infections?

    Ok, so I recently got fleece and a large jumbo cage (apiece because my two guinea pigs fight). They have a little cafe, that is 2x1. Previously, they had small petshop cages about 2x1, because then,sadly, I didn't know any better. Anyways, I know now and they are livin it up in GP mansions sized 6x2. But now, coincidentally, my guinea pig Rascal, I believe is getting an upper respiratory infection. Is it because of the fleece? I have fleece flippers, and flip them after four days, then wash them on the seventh day. They have potty pads for the first two days, then they are taken away. Then, as I said are flipped on the fourth day. And after three more days are washed. And I vacuum their cages every day, once or twice a day. ( sry so wordy... ) But I guess I am just a little baffled, because they used to have 2x1 cages. ( and now have 5x2 cages with a 1x2 kitchen add on for a total of 6x2 ) I just want what's best for my piggies, and I don't want my guinea pigs to get sick because of the fleece.

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    Respiratory infections are caused by bacteria and viruses, not by fleece. Pigs can also have respiratory symptoms because of allergies as well as because of infections. What kind of symptoms does he have that make you think he has a URI?

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    Hi there! To answer your main question; no, fleece does not cause URIs. The only time fleece is a factor in URI is if it is soiled with urine or wet poo and if your pigs have been in it for a lengthy period of time. Leaving your pigs in soaked fleece for even a day or two can lead to URI so if you notice this, clean the fleece promptly.

    As far as your routine, you seem to have a good system going. Maybe try removing your pee pads every day and see if that helps. What are using for laundry detergent? If its scented, that may be causing some allergic reactions, which are often similar to URI symptoms (i.e. sneezing). Are your cages near any drafts? That's another cause of URI.

    Also, not to alarm you, but if you suspect your guinea pig has a URI, please to take them to the vet ASAP. URI's are dangerous if left untreated. What are his symptoms? Are his eyes crusty? Does he have discharge coming from his nose or eyes? Is he lethargic in any way?

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    Domino, the guinea pig I am completely unsure of what he has, as a brownish reddish pee, and a flufflish roughish coat. My other guinea pig, Rascal, has a fluffy coat and crusty eyes. I guess I was thinking it could because of the fleece because he could be smelling his pee and making him sick.

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    Oh, and also, to answer alphilip77's questions, I am using unscented undyed laundry detergent. And there are not really any drafts. Some of Domino's cage is in front of a door that hasn't been used in years, and is unused. So if there is a draft, it is VERY slight.

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    You should take your pigs to the vet PRONTO. Pigs go downhill fast!

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    I know that, but vet bills are expensive if unnecessary. And I am taking Rascal, but am debating Domino.

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    If the urine is brownish-red when it's fresh, that would warrant a vet visit. But guinea pig urine darkens as it dries, and a reddish-brownish-orangeish color is normal.

    Smelling another pig's urine in a 6x2 cage is NOT going to give your pig a URI. Being housed on wet bedding in a tiny cage might predispose a pig to a URI, but it still requires the bacteria or virus or fungus to have the infection.

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    Well, I finally decided to take them both to the vet. They both have URIs, and here's why: its was multiple things. First of all, the vitamin c deficiency because they didn't want to eat their kale for over a week. In addition, stress can bring out symptoms. The had just had a bath, one had a tripl to the vet for a teeth trimming, and they both got new cages, which also takes getting used to. Thank you all for all your help and I hope this helps anyone else who has this problem!

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    I'm pretty sure that URIs can't be caused by a vitamin C deficiency, as it's a bacterial infection. But, one of the symptoms of a URI is refusal to eat/drink. Was it a cavy savvy vet you took your piggy to?

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoldieBrodiexx View Post
    I'm pretty sure that URIs can't be caused by a vitamin C deficiency, as it's a bacterial infection. But, one of the symptoms of a URI is refusal to eat/drink. Was it a cavy savvy vet you took your piggy to?
    I think you're absolutely right. URI's can't be caused by a Vit C deficiency (scurvy), but a Vit C deficiency can be a secondary problem to a URI if they aren't eating.

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    @Guineapigpro, one week of missing kale will NOT give your pigs a vitamin C deficiency. Guinea pig teeth almost never need to be trimmed, and stress will NOT cause a URI. You need a new vet, bad.

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    Re: Respitory infections?

    No, my guinea pig vet is a very good one. She is a guinea pig specialist and a vet to a guinea pig shelter. When my guinea pig's teeth are trimmed, the teeth are uncontrollable. And my guinea pigs teeth do need to be trimmed often, and here's probably why: I bought my guinea pig at a pet shop. Petsmart. I admit it. I will probably never do it again, and I'm glad that I have my sweet little boys, therefore i dont regret it, but they have the problems that they do and I do handle them. When his teeth were trimmed, there was a HUGE difference. He was on the verge of death until he got his teeth trimmed. I mean seizures and all because his teeth trapped his tongue and they grew uncontrollably. So that answers that problem. Ok, next, we went to a vet this time that doesn't specialize in small animals, but originally got her degree wih them. She didn't say the vitamin c caused the infection, but I even know that a lack of vitamin c can increase the affects of an infection. She MAINLY said that stress brought out the symptoms. I suppose I just worded it wrong and didn't give the long explanation of what happened.. So I'm sorry if I confused anyone.

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