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My Pig Is Making Strange Noises?

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Chemi

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Hello everybody, let me first say; I'm a new owner. I've never had Guinea pigs before in my life until this past December. As a Christmas present, my aunt took me to her usual pet store for her dogs and we bought a very young pig. My neighbor had a single pig she could no longer take care of and was going to give to me and I had read that pigs belong in pairs. I noticed my little Girl, Belle, was sneezing and kept her separated. I monitored her over three nights before deeming her sick and took her back to the shop for the Vet. It was a URI which she spent almost 3 weeks in the Vets on antibiotics. Long story, but basically my neighbor took her pig back so we purchased another little pig (Riley) from the store after spending a decent amount of time there to make absolutely sure I wasn't buying another sick pig. Both of my girls have been doing good and I've learned quickly how to care for them. Their store bought cage is now in the garage and they live in a C&C cage. They seem happy. About a week or so ago, Belle woke me up in the middle of the night making this strange noise. I've been monitoring her the best I can (I've been in the hospital a few days, I have a hiatal hernia and will be getting surgery this week) but I'm really concerned for her. I recorded this last night
Riley has been completely fine, it's only Belle doing this. She isn't lethargic; she's eating, drinking, pooping and popcorning like usual. It's just this noise. Last night after that recording she lifted herself into a standing position using my arm and let out one loud sneeze then was quiet the rest of the night. She'll even munch on hay and pellets while making the noise so I know she's not in pain. Because of everything going on right now, getting to a vet isn't my number one option, but obviously if that is what it takes to keep her a healthy little girl than that's whats going to happen. I also should add, she only seems to do this at night. Any ideas of what this may be or advice would be appreciated. I love these two girls with all my heart and I really just want them to be okay.
 

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Hooting can be a a vague symptom of anything from her nose being irritated by hay or something environmental to a URI to a heart condition, though given she has been recently treated for a UTI, that would be my biggest concern. I've had various pigs make the hooting sound on very rare occasions. However, Hadley recently had recurrent hooting (never lasted long but occurred at least a few times a day for several days in a row) and ended up being treated for a URI. She did two rounds of Bactrim antibiotic, but the hooting would recur after the course was over, so she was switched over to Baytril. So far she has been off the Baytril for a week and no more hooting, so I am hoping that the antibiotic was a better match. She may need another round of a different med, it's possible that the first antibiotic was not compatible with the bacteria and did not kill all the bacteria, leading to a relapse. If it continues to persist, I would definitely call the vet and ask if she should trial a different antibiotic. Hope you feel better soon too- these things always happen at the worst possible time!
 
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