Guinea pig may have eaten chocolate!

Amandanic

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Hi guys, I was just looking for some reassurance, my skinny pig, Piggy, may have eaten chocolate off the floor.
We have a small box that we put piddle pads in on the floor when we bring him downstairs so if he has to pee or he poops or we need to put him down it’s right there
We put him down because he signaled us he had to pee and we left him there for a couple of minutes and he had managed to jump out of this box! We found him under the couch and my mom thought he kinda smelt like
Chocolate, and the way the couch is, if you drop something, it falls through immediately onto the floor under it and we always drop chocolate but we try and get all the pieces we can reach
I’m just worried that he may have gotten to a few pieces when he was under there. It would have been milk chocolate, and we just weighed him on a kitchen scale and it said he was about 2 pounds (not 100% sure how accurate that is) and is a little over 4 years old
We gave him some water and I’m going to stay up a little late to watch him, and I would have to unfortunately wait till morning to take him to a vet.
now, he would have only consumed maybe 2-3 (mini) chocolate Chips, OR a snow cap OR a piece of buncha crunch.
Any information would be amazing!
 

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Again, he may not have eaten any at all, I’m just thinking worst case scenario, because he was only u see there for a short period of time
 

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All you can do is keep an eye on him - poop output, signs of illness and go to a vet if you see any issues.

does he have another guinea pig to live with? Guinea pigs are highly social herd animals and should not be kept alone
 

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okay thanks! And yes he lives with another, but in separate cages because the other is a female
With the poops, should I be looking for an abnormal amount, mushy poops, or just a absence of them ?
Thanks again!
 

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Yes, all of the above - with a digestive upset or issues it’ll either be mushy poops, diarrhoea (which is an emergency and requires immediate vet checks) or no poops (which is also an emergency as it means piggy hasn’t been eating and the system is shutting down).
It’ll also be other signs of illness such as pain, being hunched/puffed up, quieter than normal, reduced appetite (which impacts on poop output)
Hopefully he didn’t get any chocolate though but if you notice anything out of the ordinary then he will need to see a vet
 

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Okay great I’ll watch for that
I just changed his cave so I can see how many poops he’s doing but right now he’s eating his hay and dood up a storm, just lime normal! So I’m hoping that’s a good sign since it’s been maybe 40 minutes to an hour since it happened, I’ll post updates and I appreciate your help!
 

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Hello!
As you know, keep an eye on him for anything irregular.
How is he today?
I hope everything is well! 💕
 
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