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Guinea pig showing worrying signs?

EJ Fairweather

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My piggy Merida is just over 2 months old. I got her very recently from PetsatHome (I know, but none of the rescues near me had cavies) and so far all her behaviour has been normal. This morning she seems strange and I’m pretty worried. She’s walking oddly and lying down in full view of me, and her head keeps dropping to the floor like it’s too heavy for her to carry. I’m sure there’s something wrong with her but I don’t know what! Help :(
 

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If she seems unwell and unable to support her weight then you must get her to a vet straight away.
 

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Please get an emergency vet appointment. I wouldn’t like to speculate what’s wrong.But the symptoms you’ve described warrant a same day emergency vet appointment.
 

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All the best and let us know how you get on.
 

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Hi everyone, went to the vets and all they could suggest was that she was stressed from being in a new environment with New Guinea pigs. They gave me some food to syringe feed her with, but I’m concerned that bothering her will do more harm than good. I know she needs some food coming through until she starts eating again, but I don’t want to terrify her when she’s already really nervous
 

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How many other piggies does she live with?
How long have you had her?
What size cage?
Have you been weighing her, has she been losing weight? If she isn’t eating enough hay and is losing weight then syringe feeding her is essential
 

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As you can see she has a large cage that she shares with three other guinea pigs, they’ve all been introduced to each other. I’ve only had her for about a week and a half. I’m going to have to syringe feed her to make sure her guy keeps moving, I’ll just have to be as quick as possible so she doesn’t get too stressed
 

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Are you weighing her?
Weigh her daily, at the same time each day, so you can monitor what is happening regarding her getting enough food
 

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Yes get well soon Merida - syringe feeding is life saving if she’s not eating so hopefully that might encourage her to eat - good luck !
 
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