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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

    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.
     
  2. Astral Heart

    Astral Heart Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Just bumping this up.
     
  3. Hanwombat

    Senior Guinea Pig

    Oct 29, 2010
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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
     
  4. Astral Heart

    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
     
  5. Posiesparkles

    Posiesparkles Adult Guinea Pig

    Apr 16, 2009
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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!
     
  6. Posiesparkles

    Posiesparkles Adult Guinea Pig

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