Boar Wet Underside

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tallulahmay

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I noticed waffles is always wet underneath his bottom and tummy , is this normal ?
He is on fleece but does sit in his bed a lot .
Humbug seems to always have a pee covered bottom too , they are both long haired , I bathed Humbug as his bum looked wee stained and smelly , my girls must wee in the tray as it gets really wet and I change it all the time.
Just wondered maybe because he is hiding a lot and peeling in his bed.
 

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How old are your piggies? Sometimes older piggies get a bit arthritic and move about less and so sit in their own wee. A vet can tell if it's arthritis and can give pain relief and anti inflammatory mess to help. Sometimes it can also be sign of a uti. I think I would get it checked out by the vet if it has been going on for a while .
 

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He may have cystitis. My guinea pig has recently been diagnosed with it and is now on baytril, loxicom and something else. He lost a lot of weight. My advice would be weigh your pig and start keeping track if you don't already as that is one of the first signs of illness since they are prey animals and take him to the vet just to make sure it isn't an infection x
 

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He is only 4 months old , and I have only had him a few weeks , he seems well enough , will do the weighing ,I did try but my scales are not suitable ,any recommendations ?
I was thinking he likes to hide in his bed and the bottom of it is maybe not that absorbent , maybe I should make another base for it. I am due to wash it anyway so a fleece pad might help.
Is the weight the main indication of illness? He appears to be gaining in my eyes but you never know, humbug my other boar seems to get a yellow bum ,his fur is white .
 

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The yellow bum is from urine. I would buy some scales from somewhere like asda or b&m. We bought ours in asda and they work really well. Yeah it is a symptom of illness since they don't want to show obvious signs to predators as guinea pigs are prey animals. I would clean their cage more regularly, start weighing them daily and if the wet bums continue or there are any other signs of bladder issue (blood in urine, squeaking whilst urinating, loss of appetite) then I would take him to the vet for some antibiotics. I was exactly in your position a few weeks ago when my piggie had a wet bum which I thought was from his bedding. It turns out that he has cystitis and is now on a course of antibiotics. Good luck, hopefully your piggie picks up soon xxxxx
 
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