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Megannah

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My piggie Marshall has got a bit of crusty fur above his nose and seems to be sneezing a lot, when I listen to his breathing he does seem a bit wheezy, should I be worried and take him to a vet ? Or is it fine ? I'm quite new to this as I've only had my two boys a year today and they have never been ill or been to the vets before so not sure whether to or not ?
 

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Hi and welcome!

Is the crust watery-clear or is it opaque and yellowish/greenish? Or is it is crusty skin?
Unlike humans, guinea pigs can't breathe through their mouths, so any obstruction somewhere in the airways is always very audible. If the sneezing is watery, then it is very likely that it is from an irritation in the nose. If it does pass in the next few hours or if the crust is thick and yellowish, then please have him seen by a vet. In that case, there is a chance that you are dealing with a bacterial respiratory infection (URI), which needs an antibiotic to cure. If in doubt, please see a vet, as URI can kill if left untreated/undertreated.
In the third case, we are talking cheilitis (lip infection) if is is on the lips or fungal if is it on the skin of the nose.

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If you are worried about having to take your guinea pig to the vet, you may find this guide here helpful. It contains tips on how you can ease the stress. Tips For Vet Visits
 
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