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Ear infection

JandfpiggiesUK

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Hi everyone.

I’ve noticed that my piggy Jaffa keeps flicking his ears, he’ll be sitting still and they’ll twitch. They don’t do that all the time just sort of when he’s sat on the sofa with me or he’s eating.
I’ve checked inside his ears with a torch and I can’t see a great deal as he’s a black pig, also checked on the outer part of the ear and there’s nothing to see.

Are inner ear infections fatal?
 

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I don't think this is really an infection. Maybe leave it for a week and if it gets worse - so if he begings to squeek in pain - then definitely go to the vet with him.
I don't think it is anything serious, so don't worry :)
 

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Hi everyone.

I’ve noticed that my piggy Jaffa keeps flicking his ears, he’ll be sitting still and they’ll twitch. They don’t do that all the time just sort of when he’s sat on the sofa with me or he’s eating.
I’ve checked inside his ears with a torch and I can’t see a great deal as he’s a black pig, also checked on the outer part of the ear and there’s nothing to see.

Are inner ear infections fatal?
Hi!

It doesn't sound like an inner ear infection to me, so please take a deep breath!
If it is getting worse, please have your boy vet checked but it is most likely just a minor irritation at the worst.

You need to see a vet very promptly if a guinea pig develops a head tilt, which among other causes can be a sign of an ear infection; they generally affect only one ear.

Guinea pigs twitch their ears while eating and chewing, by the way. It may be that you have only noticed this now. ;)
 

JandfpiggiesUK

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Hi!

It doesn't sound like an inner ear infection to me, so please take a deep breath!
If it is getting worse, please have your boy vet checked but it is most likely just a minor irritation at the worst.

You need to see a vet very promptly if a guinea pig develops a head tilt, which among other causes can be a sign of an ear infection; they generally affect only one ear.

Guinea pigs twitch their ears while eating and chewing, by the way. It may be that you have only noticed this now. ;)
Thanks for your help. Are inner ear infections fatal? Dr google says alsorts of negative things about them but I’d rather here it from a piggy owner than a website online .
 

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Thanks for your help. Are inner ear infections fatal? Dr google says alsorts of negative things about them but I’d rather here it from a piggy owner than a website online .
Ear infections can be fatal or cause permanent damage if not treated or undertreated/home treated on spec. If you see a vet promptly as soon as you notice a head tilt or any sign that an ear is uncomfortable or painful (head shaking, pawing etc) or that the balance is affected/turning in circles, the risk is pretty low. We have seen many more good outcomes than bad ones.
Please also be aware that there are some other potentially lethal problems that manifest similarly so misdiagnosis is not quite uncommon, especially with vet that are less experienced with guinea pig. A hands-on diagnosis is in any case important to work out what is going on.
If in any doubt, any vet will generally prescribe an antibiotic as the first line of defence in order to address the potentially fatal issues and make that this cannot happen.

If you have anxiety problems, then I would strongly recommend to stay off online googling. It is not the most reliable resource.
You have to be aware that horror stories and bad outcomes are usually reported in all their gory detail and then passed on by people often without any personal experience and medical knowledge.
Whereas positive outcomes (which make the vast majority) are rarely reported and posted about. This means that you get a very skewed picture and that you have to take this always very much into account when making any judgments. The quality of any resulting advice can also be problematic because when everybody is adding a little bit extra margin to their advice when handing it on, it can quite quickly get out of hand.

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