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Guinea pig constipated?

Gillian101504

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I have a question about my guinea pig. He is ten months old about. He has a healthy diet of timothee hay and the normal pellet mix. He also sometimes has carrots cucumbers and lettuce. Not iceberg though since that’s bad. He also gets some exercise too. He is a boy and compared to my other boy guinea pig same age his butt kinda sags and is bigger. I know it’s not something big to worry about but he also has poop and you can see it in his butt and he does poop normally but it seems like he is holding it. Can a guinea pig get constipated? It’s not like he doesn’t drink and eat and he does poop but I just want to know if anyone else’s guinea pigs do this?
 

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Guinea pigs can’t be constipated. Is it a lump of poos or just the occasional one that’s there? It may be he just has bigger gonads than your other one. They aren’t all the same size in that department.
 

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I have a question about my guinea pig. He is ten months old about. He has a healthy diet of timothee hay and the normal pellet mix. He also sometimes has carrots cucumbers and lettuce. Not iceberg though since that’s bad. He also gets some exercise too. He is a boy and compared to my other boy guinea pig same age his butt kinda sags and is bigger. I know it’s not something big to worry about but he also has poop and you can see it in his butt and he does poop normally but it seems like he is holding it. Can a guinea pig get constipated? It’s not like he doesn’t drink and eat and he does poop but I just want to know if anyone else’s guinea pigs do this?
Hi!

Are the poos well formed? Adult/older boars are often having one stuck, which is being pushed out when more follow. It's nothing to worry about if the poos are perfectly normal looking. Boar poos from un-neutered boars are often much longer than those of sows but I have seen this also in my neutered boars (who can also get impaction, if not as badly due to their much smaller contracted anal sac.

About 10% of boars go on to develop impaction as they get older and the muscles at the back weaken. Impaction is the inability to push out the caecotrophs; the poos that contain the not yet fully broken down fibre for a second run through the gut.
Impaction - How To Help Your Guinea Pig.

Guinea pigs don't suffer from constipation the way other species do. If pooing is difficult/painful, then there is in most cases a source of pain or pressure on the gut involved.
 
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