Yes really wondering if ever they get it again and hopefully not! Thank you for your repliesI learnt only last month that piggies don't get the cold virus so it is unlikely to be 'a cold'. It could be something like a respiratory infection... but are these your sows that are already on antibiotics? Have they started sneezing and runny noses again? Or are you preparing for 'next time' (we all hope there is not a next time!)
Wow @Piggies&buns you are up early!
Yes really wondering if ever they get it again and hopefully not! Thank you for your replies
Thank you so much for this very informative reply! Learned a lot from this. Unfortunately my 2 sows have had a rough past although I'm not quite sure if they came from a pet shop but it looks like it. I was told by the shelter house that they were house with a boar (they were on pregnancy watch too but because from a lot of stress from the previous home they were in it's highly likely that one had a miscarriage) they were also swarmed with mites when they were surrendered and the shelter cured itIf your piggies have had proper treatment and have been fully cured, then it is very unlikely that they will ever suffer from a bacterial respiratory infection again in good care.
If a reservoir of bacteria has not been fully cleared by just one relatively short course of antibiotics (which can happen occasionally), then this could in future years lead to a new outbreak at a time when the affected guinea pig's immune system is under major pressure but this kind of outbreak usually affects only one piggy; the healthy companions will be able to fend it off. And with a prompt vet trip, you should be able to get on top of it.
The classic bacterial URI is above all an opportunistic illness that is most typically seen in pet shop piggies because for them a perfect storm of risk factors is all coming together - young age and not yet fully developed immune system; the huge upset of being ripped from their groups and the surroundings they have grown up in and having their lives turned upside down several times in quick succession between transport to shop branches, back and front shop pens and then again the huge challenge of coming into the entirely alien and often very frightening world of a pet home. Couple all these massive stress factors with close proximity to other stressed youngsters and exposure to the bacteria somewhere along the line and lack of treatment at the pet shop; and the result is sadly rather inevitable. Your piggies will however hopefully never be confronted with such a situation again.
Arrival in a home from the perspective of pet shop guinea pigs
I hope that this information is putting your experience somewhat into perspective and why a quarantine is usually not necessary unless you are dealing with entirely different class of very nasty respiratory bug that are thankfully VERY rare but devastating when they hit with frightening speed and severity. The most common risk comes from having dogs with kennel cough (bordetellosis) in the same room; this also goes for freshly vaccinated dogs within 3-5 days of the vaccination.
Thank you so much for this very informative reply! Learned a lot from this. Unfortunately my 2 sows have had a rough past although I'm not quite sure if they came from a pet shop but it looks like it. I was told by the shelter house that they were house with a boar (they were on pregnancy watch too but because from a lot of stress from the previous home they were in it's highly likely that one had a miscarriage) they were also swarmed with mites when they were surrendered and the shelter cured it
I am and will most certainly be grateful for having my 2 pigs and it's an honor to take care of them. I am giving my best to give these wondeful creatures a happy life thank you for the reminders and kind words! On the other hand, there are a very few cavy savvy vets here I'm really scared that my piggies will have to undergo a serious problem in the future. So far though I've been supplementing them with veggies they love and vit C syrup you can buy at pharmacies here we've also been exploring differeny hay brands and grasses to see which ones they love the most (but certainly they eat everything so far haha they're addicted to wheat hay tho) ❤
Oh wow! Thank you again for this, i didnt know this and nobody every told me this. I've watched on youtube that you can supplement them with vit c syrup. Given that i feed them veggies and hay (not fresh grass because we don't have access here) is it better to not give them the syrup (dose is 25 mg per day) luckily I've only been giving it to them while they were on AB course and now because of recovery time. Would it be better to at least give them 2-3 ml of vit c per month?
This made a huge sense. Thanks! Hope I'm not too late yet I've had them for almost a month now and they were fostered for a month too (which i know they were given vit c everyday there)
No they're poops are ok now but I'm just making sure.. On 2nd week of november ill be gradually feeding them cilantro and adding as suitedThey get their vitamin c from hay and grass so there’s no need to supplement. Is their poo still not back to normal hence no veg?
No they're poops are ok now but I'm just making sure.. On 2nd week of november ill be gradually feeding them cilantro and adding as suited