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Disoriented, Lazy And Wont Eate/drink

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GingerGoPro

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I'm currently with my girlfriend and she has 3 guinea pigs. One of them suddenly got sick. We checked on them about an hour ago and they were all fine. Now one of them is disoriented (refuses to walk and falls over and cant get up again) and she wont eat or drink... She is only almoste 2 months old (still a "baby"). We talked to a vet and he said to mix one tee spoon of salt into 0,5 liters of wanter and "force" her to drink. We made her drink a little bit 20 minutes ago and she is still not better. Does enyone know what to do?
My girlfriend is realy concerned :´(

We live in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
 

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Hi! I am very sorry for problem. Has your vet checked for an ear infection, which needs an antibiotic as soon as possible to prevent the infection spreading further into the head?

He is basically asking you to syringe saline solution by mouth, if I understand you correctly. Saline solution which is a very mild disinfectant used to clean minor wounds and skin issues. If you are not careful, you will kill your guinea pig with salt poisining. Please stop asap!

Please start watering your guinea pig with as much water as it will take in one go; do that every two hours. Do not give more than 1/4 -1/3 of a 1 ml syringe in order to prevent any thing going down the wrong way and causing pneumonia and make sure that what you have given has been swallowed before you syringe the next bit.
Also start syringe feeding mushed up pellets to keep the guts going. Complete Syringe Feeding Guide

Thank you for adding your country. Sadly, I can't help you with vet recommendations for your country, but would your vet be willing to speak to an exotics specialist?

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We stopped giving water with salt and started giving crushed pellets mixed with water. Still no change :`(
 

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My first thought was ear infection too or some neurological issue, maybe even a stroke. Is there an emergency vet you are able to see tonight?
 
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