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Guinea Pig Crusty Eye

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Hi guys,
One of my guinea pigs, Jerry, has been getting some crust around his eye, especially when I see him in the morning. I read that it could be a symptom of a URI, but besides that, he has been acting completely normal with no other symptoms. I've been noticing crust on his eye showing up for the past week or two and I have just been wiping it off with a damp paper towel. Can you guys please help with any recommendations? Thank you!
 

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Hi guys,
One of my guinea pigs, Jerry, has been getting some crust around his eye, especially when I see him in the morning. I read that it could be a symptom of a URI, but besides that, he has been acting completely normal with no other symptoms. I've been noticing crust on his eye showing up for the past week or two and I have just been wiping it off with a damp paper towel. Can you guys please help with any recommendations? Thank you!
Hi

I can't see anything?

Please be aware that the crusts connected with a URI are thick yellowish/greenish dried mucus crusts from a well developed and settled in URI; you would also also have some crackly or wheezy breathing connected with that. It is never the first symptom at the onset of an upper respitary tract infection. A respiratory infection in guinea pigs is bacterial and not viral like a human cold or flu, so symptoms are not quite comparable.

You can get three different crusts in guinea pig eyes:
- Milky white bits of crust from dried eye cleaning fluid that as not been re-absorbed by the tear duct.
- Translucent crusts as the result of clear eye fluid, which in guinea pigs is used to wash out any irritants in the eye, like hay or bedding dust or hairs.
- Thick yellowish/greenish dried mucus in eyed and around nostrils from an untreated settled in URI that has descended on the upper airways.

More information on URI and on more guinea pig body quirks via these links here:
New guinea pigs: Sexing, vet checks&customer rights, URI, ringworm and parasites
Guinea pig body quirks - What is normal and what not?

Yours seems to be the translucent variety; if it is persistent, then please see a vet. it can be either something small stuck under the lid, a non-ulcerating injury or a sign of a conjuctivitis.
 
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