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Is It Possible That My Piggy Is Still Sick?

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ambybamby

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Okay, so 3 weeks ago my sister and I had bought two guinea pigs, Fred and George. George was more than likely sick when we had gotten him, but we were told vitamin C drops would do the trick. NOPE. Poor little George had a pretty strong case of an upper respiratory infection, and without further delay, we took him to a veterinarian that regularly sees guineas. The vet checked him out and we were sent home with a week's worth of Baytril. After his treatment was done, we brought him back into the vet for a re-evaluation, to which the vet concluded that he was no longer sick, saying that his airways and lungs sounded clear. I was not present for the re-evaluation, but I had my sister tell him about my concerns of the Baytril he was on (which I've heard can be hard on young piggies, and George is only 3 months old), if we could possibly get a culture if it was needed. But the vet was still adamant that he does not have a URI anymore and that a culture would be unnecessary.

Three days later, George still has the sniffles, but that is the only thing that has not gotten better since we first took him into the vet. He is still active, there is no residue or crust on the rims of his eyes, he does not sound congested (to the best of my observations), and he drinks and eats normally (although since we got him from a pet store, we're trying to get him used to vegetables, but we try to put it in the cage twice a day). I am at a loss, I've heard that guinea pigs can be allergic to some things, perhaps that could be it?
 

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Welcome to the Forum.
It sounds like you are pretty savvy and on the ball, and George has received excellent care since coming to live with you - well done.

I would start by regularly weighing him to ensure he is still eating properly and gaining weight. He should be showing a continual and steady increase at this age.
It sounds like you are offering him a great diet, and he will eventually get used to fresh veg - it can take them a while.
If he is eating, drinking, gaining weight and active I would wait a few more days and see if the sniffle resolves itself.

I am sure others will also come along and share their experiences too.
 

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You know, I didn't notice this prior to me starting this thread, but I've noticed that George has developed some crust around his nose. Is it possible to bounce back to an illness that quick? But it is sort of weird that George does have that symptom because he did not have crust on his nose when he was originally treated with the Baytril.
 

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It sounds like the original course of baytril just wasn't long enough, please take him back to the vet where they can check him over again.

All the best x
 
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