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emmamartin

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hey guys ,
i’m worried that my guinea pig had bloat as whenever i touch his belly it hurts ,
and there was a point before i researched guinea pigs that i would give them loads of fresh grass (which can cause bloat),
so i was wondering would it hurt to give infacol to them even if they possible might not have it ?
 

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This question probably belongs in the Health and Illness section, but hopefully a H&I specialist will be able to answer it properly shortly @Wiebke @VickiA

In the meantime, I believe though Infacol is often suggested for gas, it's not now thought to be helpful. Do you think your piggie has gas/bloat, or is your question more a general one? I wouldn't think it would be any help in preventing bloat either. If your boar has a painful tummy now, is he still eating and pooping normally?
 

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Grass is their natural diet but their tummies need to be used to eating it before you can given them a lot of it.

Infacol is not recommended as it causes gas to gather up into one large bubble which is more painful for piggies to pass.

If you suspect bloat, then you must take your piggy to the vet urgently and not attempt to do any home treatment until the correct diagnosis and treatment is given.

Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating
How Soon Should My Guinea Pig See A Vet? - A Quick Guide
Emergency, Crisis and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment
 

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Yes I agree with the above, severe bloat is a medical emergency and you should contact the vet immediately and get your piggy treated today with proper prescription medicines like emeprid or cisapride, also some pain relief as bloat is horribly painful!
I hope your piggy is ok but prompt vet treatment is really essential here...
 
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