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Can Guinea Pigs catch human colds/flu?

Discussion in 'Health & Illness' started by Astral Heart, Dec 9, 2010.

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  1. Astral Heart
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    Astral Heart Teenage Guinea Pig

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    We have a tenant in our house and he seems to be catching colds all the time, I guess from the customers he serves at his work. I am concerned about my Guinea Pigs health, can they catch anything from him? I'm paranoid about them getting sick from these viruses he brings here.

    Thanks.
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    Astral Heart Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Just bumping this up.
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    Hanwombat Senior Guinea Pig

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    I believe they sorta can and can't. But if I am feeling ill I make sure I wash my hands before feeding them and I also try not to handle them as much tbh
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    Astral Heart Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Yeah I thought about the handling, so I won't be letting anyone handle them if they have a cold. I'm just afraid of all the sneezing and coughing, I'm really paranoid lol
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    Posiesparkles Adult Guinea Pig

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    I was worried about this and asked my vet who said no. I do as hanwombat said and don't handle them as much. We had our guineas in our bedroom for a while and I seemed to have never ending colds. They were fine, even with sneezing etc in the room a lot. Hope this helps!
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    Posiesparkles Adult Guinea Pig

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    eek - 'no' as in 'no, guinea pigs can't catch our colds!'
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