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Dried Boogers But Nothing Else

Amberling

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My guinea pig, Alexander, has been developing dried boogers lately. Its kind of funny because food or paper bedding gets stuck out of his nose (which makes him look silly) but at the same time, I don't know if I should worry or not. I always use paper bedding but I never used Pine or wood because I heard it can give guinea pigs blisters.

I can't tell if hes sick because the only symptom I seen so far is just boogers, not wet at least.

Even if he was sick, how much would the vet bills cost on USA California? How much would the medications cost? Etc.

P.S. Alexander is either a American or Silkie (Sheltie) guinea pig. He is about 8 months old.

P.S.S. He does show sign of choking? I always thought its the lack of water but I'm not sure anymore.
 

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Sounds like your piggy needs to see a vet. Guinea pigs don't produce boogers so dried discharge around the nose is likely to indicate a respiratory infection.

Can you explain your choking question? What have you seen him doing that is causing concern?

In regards to vets bills I have no idea as i'm in the UK
 

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My guinea pig, Alexander, has been developing dried boogers lately. Its kind of funny because food or paper bedding gets stuck out of his nose (which makes him look silly) but at the same time, I don't know if I should worry or not. I always use paper bedding but I never used Pine or wood because I heard it can give guinea pigs blisters.

I can't tell if hes sick because the only symptom I seen so far is just boogers, not wet at least.

Even if he was sick, how much would the vet bills cost on USA California? How much would the medications cost? Etc.

P.S. Alexander is either a American or Silkie (Sheltie) guinea pig. He is about 8 months old.

P.S.S. He does show sign of choking? I always thought its the lack of water but I'm not sure anymore.
Hi! Please have him vet checked. Fees vary depending on what kind of vet you are seeing. Seeing an exotics/small animal specialist can be very expensive. There are budget or charity vets in some places, but they may not have much experience with guinea pigs. Still, they should be able to check the airways. You can always ring up a clinic and enquire about their consultation fees.
When you see a general vet, please make sure that he does not prescribe penicillin and does not inject steroids; both can be fatal for rodents.
Guinea Lynx :: Common Mistakes (including a list of dangerous medicines)
The list of recommended US vets I can give you is unfortunately all for high end piggy-savvy specialist vets: Guinea Lynx :: GL's Vet List

Guinea pigs don't choke from lack of water and they don't have boogers normally. Please have him checked for respiratory problems.

Make sure that he is not in the full blast of a/c unit or an air draft, a radiator and that the air in the room is not too dry. For the latter, you can place a bowl of steaming water next to the cage. If he is getting fresh veg and has access to fresh water that is changed daily, he will not dehydrate.
 

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my 6 month guinea pig Rosie chokes all the time when she eats too fast.
 

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are the boogers black and does your piggie cough really loud?
 
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