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Kiarahlee

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ive looked up online remedies for any type of "constipation" in pigs and many have said feeding olive oil would help things move along ? Any suggestions? I'm not sure if olive oil is safe for pigs ?
 

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no, i don't think using olive oil is a good idea at all. piggies have such delicate digestive systems that it wouldn't be wise to use anything without guidance from someone trained.. any problems of any kind need to be treated by an exotics/cavvy savvy vet.

people describing constipation usually mean a gut slowdown, which as you know, is a serious condition in a guinea pig. if this is your piggy, please see your exotics vet asap for treatment. this will likely be a gut stimulant/s and pain relief aswell. it is very important to get the system moving sufficiently again as soon as possible.

eta: if you say where you are then hopefully someone can recommend a good vet for you. alternatively, see the RCVS website which allows you to find a vet. you ideally want an accredited practice and somewhere that treats 'exotics', not just 'small mammals'
 

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Hi! Do you have a boar or a sow? Which age? Which country are you in? We have got a recommended UK vet locator on the top bar, but can provide a link to recommended vets in other countries.

Please do not home treat; proper constipation or gut stasis (the guts have slowed down or completely stopped moving) needs to be seen and treated promptly by a decent vet! The advice you have found is sadly totally outdated and no longer recommended in any way.

Mainly older boars can suffer from very smelly impaction, a build-up of the poos they usually eat in their pouch due to weakening muscles at the back; that is a different (chronic) issue and again, oil won't do the trick either. If the build-up is very bad, it can go infected and is also very painful; in this case a vet trip is highly recommended, too! https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/impaction-recovery-how-to-help-your-guinea-pig.120787/

The onset of urinary tract issues (UTI or urinary tract infection, or bladder stones) can also be marked by an arching of the bum end (often with a grunt) as one of the first symptoms.

In the first cases, you can support the digestion by feeding lots of fibre, but it is not going to replace a vet trip.
 
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