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BenjiAndButtons

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Hey, haven’t posted in a while. So basically, Barney my lil man is 4 years old. And tonight when it was time for veggies, he was not interested whatsoever, he just stayed in his hut and didn’t come out; when normally he’s rattling the cage eagerly waiting for tea time. He’s been absolutely fine up until tonight…
He’s still drinking his water and is eating some hay. He’s a little restless but also just wanting to cuddle. So I’ve syringed fed him a little bit just so he still has his nutrition from his nuggets, tried him again with veggies.. still no interest. His tummy is making some rumbling noises as if he needs a good trump, so I’ve been massaging him.

I'm just wanting to know your thoughts, as he is still eating hay and drinking.. do you reckon it is just a little bit of gas? As when my older Guinea had bloat he didn’t touch a thing, his tummy was a balloon and had stinky drool. Whereas Barney, as I’ve said is having hay and water and his tummy seems normal, just a little bloated to press.. ?

Any help will be amazing, thankyou in advance ❤️
I’ve attached a photo of him snuggled up tonight next to me and pics of him stood, as you can see his body doesn’t show initial signs of the dreaded bloat.. he’s quite a long and fluffy pig to begin with 🤷🏻‍♀️
 

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Claire W

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Hi, it’s good that he’s still eating hay and he may just be having an off day. Sometimes my piggies have off days but if he is still off his food tomorrow, I’d have him checked out by a vet to rule out anything medical. His body condition looks normal to me but if you suspect any sign of bloat, please have him seen by a vet immediately
 

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Yes, whether it's bloat or not if a piggies isn't interested in veggies it's a sign something is not right. I'd be booking a vet and monitoring him in the meantime x
 

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Awwww poor little Barney. I just joined this forum to seek vet advice. I recently have just got guinea pigs. I’ve done a lot of research on guinea pigs b4 getting them. If your piggy isn’t eating veggies I recommend seeing a vet. Check for any signs of a bloat and if he doesn’t continue eating, go to the vet immediately.

I hope he gets better. Best of luck!
 

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Thankyou for the replies ❤️ he seems brighter this morning. Will be trying him with some veggies later on and see how he gets on. If he’s still not eating them I’ll be taking him to the vets.

He has done this in the past and I stopped his veggies for a day and then he was back to normal, so I’ve got my fingers crossed this time will be the same xxxxx
 

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Thankyou for the replies ❤️ he seems brighter this morning. Will be trying him with some veggies later on and see how he gets on. If he’s still not eating them I’ll be taking him to the vets.

He has done this in the past and I stopped his veggies for a day and then he was back to normal, so I’ve got my fingers crossed this time will be the same xxxxx
Hopefully!
 

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I do find that as they get older they can have the occasional 'off' day.
I think it is good you are prepared to take him to the vet if it persists for more than 24 hours.
Fingers crossed it was just a bad day.
 

BenjiAndButtons

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I do find that as they get older they can have the occasional 'off' day.
I think it is good you are prepared to take him to the vet if it persists for more than 24 hours.
Fingers crossed it was just a bad day.
I’m really hoping it is an off day and not the dreaded bloat 😔 He seems a little brighter today, interested in his food but still only eating hay. Going to see how he is during the night and in the morning, if still the same it’ll be a trip to the vet.
 
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