It's possible that your guinea pig is experiencing nausea or digestive upset, which can cause them to make a gagging or retching motion, even though they are unable to vomit. There are several possible causes of digestive upset in guinea pigs, including changes in diet, stress, or an underlying health problem.
In addition to the antibiotics prescribed by your vet, there are a few things you can do to help support your guinea pig's digestive health:
- Offer plenty of fresh hay: Guinea pigs need access to fresh, high-quality hay at all times to help keep their digestive system functioning properly. Hay also helps wear down their teeth and provides important nutrients.
- Provide fresh vegetables: Fresh vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, and leafy greens can provide additional nutrients and fiber to support digestive health. However, make sure to introduce new vegetables gradually, as sudden changes in diet can cause digestive upset.
- Monitor water intake: Make sure your guinea pig has access to fresh water at all times, and monitor their water intake to make sure they are drinking enough. Dehydration can exacerbate digestive problems.
- Keep their living area clean: Dirty or crowded living conditions can be stressful for guinea pigs and can contribute to digestive problems. Make sure your guinea pig's living area is clean, spacious, and well-ventilated.
If your guinea pig's symptoms persist or worsen, or if you notice any other concerning symptoms, such as loss of appetite, lethargy, or diarrhea, it's important to contact your veterinarian right away. They may recommend additional diagnostic testing or treatment options to help identify and address the underlying cause of your guinea pig's symptoms.