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Recently my guinea pig has been drinking a lot of water, she is over 6/7 years old I cannot remember exactly, I know that may sound bad but she is a baby of one of my old Guinea pigs☺ and I was quite young when she was born so I didn't think to remember the date! I'm not sure if she has always been like this but I am fairly worried as I don't know if it could be an illness or something. Please reply I am quite worried about her x
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Don't worry about age - I can never remember the age of mine either!

How much water is she drinking and is this a new thing or a gradual increase? Are there any other changes or symptoms?
 

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I can never quite remember ages either.

As Vicki has said, is this a gradual change?
 

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Recently my guinea pig has been drinking a lot of water, she is over 6/7 years old I cannot remember exactly, I know that may sound bad but she is a baby of one of my old Guinea pigs☺ and I was quite young when she was born so I didn't think to remember the date! I'm not sure if she has always been like this but I am fairly worried as I don't know if it could be an illness or something. Please reply I am quite worried about her x
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Don't worry about age - I can never remember the age of mine either!

How much water is she drinking and is this a new thing or a gradual increase? Are there any other changes or symptoms?
Hi, haha okay lol. Well I'm not sure how much she has drunk but she will stand next to her bottle drink for 5-8 ish minutes and when she is drinking it's quite a lot and then she will drink quite a bit in between.
Also I'm not sure as I have hit moved her inside today and noticed it, and no there are no other symptoms, thank you for replying.
 

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Hi and welcome!

Please have her seen by a vet, especially if the change has been quite recent and very noticeable.

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Okay thank you, alright I will do that now.
 

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Okay thank you, alright I will do that now.
We have got a recommended piggy savvy vet locator on the top bar: Guinea Pig Vet Locator

There are a few health issues that can be connected to a sudden increase in drinking, once you can exclude environmental factors (heat wave, onset of indoors heating or air conditioning etc.). With older guinea pigs, it is often related to kidney issues, but it is up to your vet to check her out properly.

Wishing you and your girl all the best!
 
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my first thought was diabetes, but as far as I know this isn't common in guinea pigs.. monitor it for a few days and if it still continues maybe ask a vet :)
 

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It might be worth getting her looked at, as some illnesses like diabetes can cause an increase in drinking. One of my pigs drank a ton and seemed to drink more as she got older so we had her urine tested, but she came back negative for diabetes and had normal kidney function, so apparently she just loved her water!
 

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We have got a recommended piggy savvy vet locator on the top bar: Guinea Pig Vet Locator

There are a few health issues that can be connected to a sudden increase in drinking, once you can exclude environmental factors (heat wave, onset of indoors heating or air conditioning etc.). With older guinea pigs, it is often related to kidney issues, but it is up to your vet to check her out properly.

Wishing you and your girl all the best!
Ooh thanks for the info, will keep that in mind! Thank you for your help.
 

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It might be worth getting her looked at, as some illnesses like diabetes can cause an increase in drinking. One of my pigs drank a ton and seemed to drink more as she got older so we had her urine tested, but she came back negative for diabetes and had normal kidney function, so apparently she just loved her water!
Ah okay thanks, haha bless her!
 

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Recently my guinea pig has been drinking a lot of water, she is over 6/7 years old I cannot remember exactly, I know that may sound bad but she is a baby of one of my old Guinea pigs☺ and I was quite young when she was born so I didn't think to remember the date! I'm not sure if she has always been like this but I am fairly worried as I don't know if it could be an illness or something. Please reply I am quite worried about her x
Okay so I found out how which water she has drunk in the past 7 ish hours and it is around 190ml. I'm not sure if that is good or bad? If it carries on and it is bad then I will take her to the vets, not sure if I'm worrying too much.
 

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Okay so I found out how which water she has drunk in the past 7 ish hours and it is around 190ml. I'm not sure if that is good or bad? If it carries on and it is bad then I will take her to the vets, not sure if I'm worrying too much.
I would have her checked if the water consumption surpasses 300 ml in a day. Always make sure that the bottle is not leaking first.

Some piggies are big drinkers naturally and perfectly healthy, but in others that suddenly go from from normal/little drinkers, it can signal a serious issue, either kidney related or, less often, diabetes. Sometimes, it can signal the onset of a urinary tract infection.

If the increased drinking is also accompanied by weight loss issues over 50g/2 oz, then a vet should be seen promptly. As always, when you are worried, switch from weighing weekly to weighing daily at the same time in the feeding cycle, ideally either before her dinner or after.
 

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I would have her checked if the water consumption surpasses 300 ml in a day. Always make sure that the bottle is not leaking first.

Some piggies are big drinkers naturally and perfectly healthy, but in others that suddenly go from from normal/little drinkers, it can signal a serious issue, either kidney related or, less often, diabetes. Sometimes, it can signal the onset of a urinary tract infection.

If the increased drinking is also accompanied by weight loss issues over 50g/2 oz, then a vet should be seen promptly. As always, when you are worried, switch from weighing weekly to weighing daily at the same time in the feeding cycle, ideally either before her dinner or after.
Okay, I'll keep that in mind thanks for the help.
 
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