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zoe.sterns

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One of my young silkie boars was sneezing a lot and wiping his nose so i took him to the vet and the diagnosed him with what i thought it was, a mild upper respiratory infection. so i had him and his two other cage mates all on antibiotics for two weeks and they finished the two weeks yesterday. but the same guinea pig that i brought in first is sneezing, not as much and he did and his nose sounds stuffy when he is sniffing? could this be allergies or should i call my vet again.
 

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Has he lost any weight?
What antibiotic was he on and what was the dose?

Sometimes in the case of a strong infection a longer course or a different antibiotic might be needed.
However I would also question how experienced your vet is with guinea pigs, as you wouldn't usually put cage mates on antibiotics at the same time unless they also had symptoms.
 

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They are on Bactrim, my two 3 month old boars had .25 mL doses while my senior boar had .5 mL twice a day for two weeks. He hasn’t lost any weight just gained a few ounces. He definitely hasn’t been sneezing as much as he was but still looks like he has a stuffy nose and a raspy voice. The other two pigs have no symptoms anymore. I know my vet is an exotic specialist and has worked with guinea pigs before.
 

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I would suggest taking your piggy back to the vet if he still isn’t quite right. Like @Swissgreys has suggested they might need a different antibiotic to shift the infection. My boy had a mild URI and was on baytril (horrid antibiotic) but it shifted after a week as he was on quite a strong dose. Hope you manage to get to the bottom of it!
 

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They are on Bactrim, my two 3 month old boars had .25 mL doses while my senior boar had .5 mL twice a day for two weeks. He hasn’t lost any weight just gained a few ounces. He definitely hasn’t been sneezing as much as he was but still looks like he has a stuffy nose and a raspy voice. The other two pigs have no symptoms anymore. I know my vet is an exotic specialist and has worked with guinea pigs before.
Hi!

If there is no change I would recommend to contact your vet again. It may be that it is just a sensitivity to hay dust, air conditioning or a more complex home environment but your vet has to decide whether they want to prolong the baytril, try another antibiotic or decide to chase up sensitivities, which is a wide field with basically a trial and error approach. Keep in mind that pet shop piggies often come from a rather sterile background and can struggle at first with a pet home.
Because URI is a potential killer, any vet will first and foremost treat for that before considering other options that are much less easy to work out.
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