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Diarrhea Is this diarrhea?


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Cavy Slave
Mar 28, 2012
So my little 2 month old Donald has had poop that looks like this for the past 4 days.

It is really hard and skinny. He is eating fine and not lethargic. Is this something to worry about. He has been introduced to some new hay over the last week as well as some new Oxbow food. Is this anything to be going to the vet for?
I have heard that very dry poop can mean low quality hay. I have had a pig get really dry poop with Oxbow, which is generally a good brand, but I think the store where I got it just had really old hay.

Generally, any change in their stool that doesn't get corrected when you adjust the diet is a cause for concern...
I know its not the hay being low quality because i by it by the bale and it was stored in an indoor shed and it is very green and sweet smelling. Do you think I should switch him off of the Oxbow food and go back to the Kaytee stuff or just take him to the vet?
Definitely don't switch him to Kaytee - those are really bad pellets! If you want to test out if it's the pellets, just don't give pellets for half a day to a day (just hay and veggies) and see if that helps.

As for hay, I used Kleenmama's bluegrass for years. And for some reason, it caused really soft stool in my piggies with the most recent batch. I still don't know why. I switched to Kleenmama's timothy hay, and it got better. What I am trying to say is that you might try a small amount of a different hay (not Kaytee), just to see if it makes a difference.

Is he getting enough water and fresh veggies (lettuce, cilantro, bell peppers) every day?

I would also advise you to post your question in https://www.guinealynx.info/forums/ medical forum - people there have helped me a lot - they have seen all sorts of medical conditions. Unfortunately, I don't have other ideas myself.

If it doesn't improve, I would take him to a cavy savvy vet.
Thanks for your help :) Yes he gets lots of veggies. They get Red or Green Leaf lettuce with some bell pepper, tomatoes, green pepper, a baby carrot, cucumber and some cilantro in there treat ball once a day. I thought it might have been the veggies so I didn't give him any over the weekend but it didnt make a difference. I will try taking away the pellets and see if that helps. None of the vets are very good around me so thats why I try to avoid it if I can but I will take him if it continues.
It may be worth it to post your general location to see if someone know of a good vet.
Oh, also, starting now, you should weigh him daily at the same time every day to see if he is losing weight.
I live in Spruce Grove Alberta which is just outside Edmonton, Alberta. My vet is awesome with all my other animals but he doesn't know much about guinea pigs but said he will help if he can. There is a vet out here that knows about guinea pigs but they will try and rack up your bill as much as they can before they give you an answer. So I know a simple visit will end up costing me $500+(because it always does) and then they will say its just the food and he needs time to adjust :mad: So i try and avoid them if I can but I will take him if he needs to go!
I would take him off pellets first. See if that corrects it. Also since he is so young I know that young piggies have need of some different levels of vitamins. Hopefully someone with more knowledge can chime in.
Thanks kananaka. I dont know what is up with him but he has me worried. I know that people are very knowledgeable on here probably more then most vets so thats why I thought I would try here.
Yes they are =). You can also PM a MOD, I would try (broken link removed), she is a dietary specialist here.
Oh ok, thanks! I will see if I can figure out how to PM, lol!
If you click on her name and go to her page the upper left hand corner has Send a PM
Thanks I found it : )
I think it might be the veggies because the poops were starting to get more normal shaped by late morning/early afternoon then I gave him some veggies and they went back to being weird shaped. I picked up some fresh ones and they were really soft, almost like playdough. I was cleaning out there hay area and they were completely normal. Is it ok if I not feed him veggies for the next little while or is that not good? Any type of veggies that are good for binding up poops?
Try going without veggies for a few days, and perhaps give a probiotic. Do you have any acidophilus?
Try going without veggies for a few days, and perhaps give a probiotic. Do you have any acidophilus?
Can you get that without a prescription? It seems like it would be good to have a probiotic on hand just in case.
Yes, you use the same stuff for pigs that humans use. I usually buy capsules in the health food section of Fred Meyer (in the refrigerator section--it's usually refrigerated). You can open a capsule and sprinkle it onto a piece of wet lettuce.
Thanks so much @foggycreekcavy I will try to find some of that. He still has the same consistancy today. It is exactly like playdough. He is still doing good though. Eating and drinking a ton, still very active. I did not give him any veggies today. I will definetly try this because I dont really know what is causing this. All my other guinea pigs are fine and they are all eating the same stuff. Do you think I should put it on lettuce or maybe can I sprinkle it onto his pellets?
Sprinkle it over 1 piece of lettuce, since you're cutting out veggies. Make sure when you introduce veggies again, after the poops are normal, that you wash them off very well, and only introduce 1 at a time over several days to see if it's one specific veggie he's not tolerating.
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