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Guinea pig vomiting?

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I know that guinea pigs can't technically throw up, but mine was just heaving as if she were about to. No food came up, but she was heaving and making a sound, just like dogs do right before they throw up. I understand guinea pigs are not dogs...but if she's not trying to vomit, what then? If she is trying to vomit, what in the world does that mean? She seems to be acting normal otherwise, and has a healthy appearance. Thanks for the answers! (P.S. I take my pigs to the vet and am happy to take her if she needs it, but I would really appreciate answers to my actual questions, rather than just being told to take her to the vet)
 

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You are right that guinea pigs cannot vomit. The action you're describing is one I have observed. It looks like a similar 'heaving' action as one would do if vomiting but I believe it is them just coughing and clearing their throat of anything obstructing it.
 

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I know that guinea pigs can't technically throw up, but mine was just heaving as if she were about to. No food came up, but she was heaving and making a sound, just like dogs do right before they throw up. I understand guinea pigs are not dogs...but if she's not trying to vomit, what then? If she is trying to vomit, what in the world does that mean? She seems to be acting normal otherwise, and has a healthy appearance. Thanks for the answers! (P.S. I take my pigs to the vet and am happy to take her if she needs it, but I would really appreciate answers to my actual questions, rather than just being told to take her to the vet)
Please have her seen immediately! She may be lucky to have just got heaving hiccups, but otherwise it could be something very serious, especially if she cannot bring up an obstruction again.
 
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