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Human Colds/flu And Tummy Bug Advice

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With the cold/flu and tummy bug/norovirus season upon us please use your commonsense!

When you are ill with an infectious disease, always practise good hygiene, i.e. thorough hand washing before and after interacting with your guinea pigs.

Keep any handling and cuddling to the absolutely necessary minimum.

If possible ask a healthy household member to feed, groom, clean and medicate your guinea pigs until you are past the highly infectious acute stage and back on your feet again without being in danger of falling or fainting.
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If you are on your own and very sick, please just feed, water and medicate your guinea pigs but refrain from poo patrol, cleaning and grooming. Your guinea pigs will survive a little temporary neglect for a few days without problem.
It is more important that you get back on your legs and get well quickly! If you fall over and hurt yourself or faint, you won't do your piggies any favour, either...

It is rare that things jump over from humans to guinea pigs, but if they do (so far there is only episodal evidence), it is usually devastating.
Salmonella and streptococcus (strep throat) as well as pneumococcus can be transmitted between humans and guinea pigs.
 
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