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health and illness

  1. Alexandra West

    Weird bump on the chin?

    Hey! Finnains birthday is in Friday but I've noticed this... Thing on his chin? He had it a few weeks ago and lost the fur around it but then the fur grew back and now the fir is disappearing and the lump is returning? It's giving his fur a yellow-ish tint? Any help? Like always I'm kinda tight...
  2. A

    Urgent Enquiry: Vet needed in/near Leeds

    Sorry to be spamming this request but I urgently need a recommended vet, preferably in Leeds. The vet locator on this forum is out of date and Sergio Silvetti no longer works at Holly House, Leeds. I am wondering if anyone knows of a vet they could recommend in or around the Leeds area or...
  3. L

    Runny nose

    The only times he has runny nose is only when he's in his cage and even then it doesn't happen often (what the cage contains: litter, his own pillow and hay), but when he goes out everything is fine again. Should I change something in the cage? Or is it something worse?
  4. ChubbyCarrots

    Overweight guinea pig?

    Hello, for a while Coco has been overweight, ever since he was 1 he was overweight but he has reached the peak. He looks like a cuboid now, he drags his dewlap as it is so big. For the past two months we have stopped feeding him carrots in hopes that he would lose weight. Unfortunately we see no...
  5. T

    Constant Grunting?

    Hi, My 4 y/o piggie Hazel has a huge tumour which she's had for two years, so she's on painkillers twice a day and she's a very busy, happy pig. This morning we noticed she's making a constant grunting noise and we were concerned she might be in pain so we took her to the vets. It was a...
  6. M

    Fungal infection from being damp - itchy piggy

    Hi! I thought I'd post here in the hope someone might be able to help. My 3 year year old girl has a bad fungal infection. She's been dipping her chin so much in the water that she's given herself a fungal infection from the skin being wet. I treated her with topical ivectmin and I'm currently...
  7. rinlalin

    The Health of PetSmart Piggies

    hello all, as you know I've bought two piggies from petsmart already. I took the first one, pepé, back a few days after and he died within 48 hours. my second piggie, bootsy, got sick a few days after and was taken back to see the vet. bootsy died this morning after nearly a week in their care...
  8. rinlalin

    New Piggie Won't Eat Timothy Hay?

    hello all! i got a new piggie today to be a buddy for my bootsy, but when i went to pick him up, the cage he was in had NO timothy hay whatsoever. just pellets and water. the pigs were all healthy and plump, so it's not looking like they were starving. the boy i picked out ate some pellets on...
  9. P

    Open Wound on Guinea Pig

    One of my guinea pigs is 3 and 1/2 years old and has recently acquired a large wound on her side. It is still open and has been there for 3-4 weeks and she will not let it heal. Any advice?
  10. rinlalin

    Guinea Pig Breathing? Problems or OK?

    hi all, my last post was about my guinea pig purring when i gave him back scratches. sadly you guys told me those were scared noises! i came in earlier to check on him (as of right now, he is alone and won't have a buddy until tomorrow) and saw him breathing like this. is this just deep...
  11. M

    Enrobactin For Guinea Pigs

    Hi all We have recently taken out pigs to the vets and one has been prescribed virbac enrobactin. The vet has told us to administer 0.7ml by syringe daily. On the box for the medication and in the instructions it says to dilute the solution but the vet didn't mention this at all and we are...
  12. J

    Wild Rats And Outdoor Guinea Pigs

    I keep my two guinea pigs in a shed outside. They have a hutch which they are shut in at night but they have a big enclosure they go in all around the shed all day. Only trouble is I’ve discovered rats in there, and I know they could hurt the pigs so I’m making plans for the pigs moving to a...
  13. Jesse's pigs

    Trouble With Mo Again

    So before I post my ramble I should probably say that naturally around this time I get extremely anxious regarding the pigs welfare because on the 26th of Jan four days after her birthday my first piggy Vinnie had to be pts. I've posted previously about Mo sometimes squeaking when toileting...
  14. rowankistune19

    Any Experience With Neurologic Issues

    I would like to start by saying that I am currently working very closely with my vet to monitor this situation but I am very interested in seeing if anyone has seen anything like this before. Also I apologize for this being so long. So now onto the issue. I have a young boar named Bilbo around...
  15. Minniemary

    Gi Stasis And Not Pooping

    Hi all, my baby girl Enid is currently being treated for GI stasis but has also had bloods sent off to test her liver and kidney function. She is quite poorly at the moment, I have been Crit Care feeding her every two hours but recently she has started to eat again on her own. She's even had a...
  16. Amy Barton

    Bleach And Piggys

    how long should I wait before returning the piggys to the piggy room after using bleach in the room?
  17. ALK2015

    My Guinea Pig Recently Stopped Eating Hay...

    Hello, I had 2 Guinea pigs for about 4 years. Recently (about a month ago) one has sadly passed away. My healthy Guinea pig is still eating her veggies & pellets and drinking her water. But she has began only nibbling now and then on her hay. I have tried hand feeding it to her & that seems to...
  18. Chloelizbailey

    Cowpat Poops?! - Please Help

    Hi there! I have a long haired guinea pig who is about four and a half. He started a course of Baytril last Wednesday for a suspected URI and has been absolutely fine until this morning. I got him out to weigh him (doing this every morning as he is on Baytril and I know it can affect the...
  19. Piggy996

    Does My Pet Have Fungal Infection?

    Hello everyone, this is my first time posting here because I'm worried about my guinea pig. He's a couple of months old and recently I've noticed white spots behind his ears, it looks like crusty skin. Do you think this is a fungal infection? I've bathed him just in water a week ago, do you...
  20. S

    Guinea Eyes , Should I Be Concerned?

    Hello everyone, please bare with me as I'm brand new to the whole forum thing. Everyone seems to be so helpful so I'd like to ask a few questions about my sweet little piggy if that's alright! His names Chewie, and he's almost about 5 years old, so he's already a pretty old man. His mommas a...