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New And Scared

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Ljpeder10

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Hi! So I'm new to owning a Guinea pig but it had all been going well. He was super happy, seemly health and very active. My life became very hectic and I stopped playing with him like I should. I fed and cleaned him for the past two weeks but rarely played. I came to him today to find him sluggish and hadn't been eating. He's got crusty eyes. I've called vet after vet and they all say they don't care for "exotic pets" (I'm currently at a very small military base with my spouse)

He will eat puréed carrots from a syringe and take water. He seems to mostly want to sleep and cuddle with me. Will coo at me when I pet him but isn't adventurous like normal. I have to leave for work in an hour and i don't want to part with him, I'm very scared.

Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you
 

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Where abouts are you? Perhaps one of our members can suggest a vet who has guinea pig experience not too far from you although sometimes it's worth travelling a little bit to see a vet that knows what to do.

Your little guy certainly sounds like he is under the weather. I would advise you get him to a vet when you can. I know going to work etc can be hard but just do your best when you can. if you can't find an experienced vet then any vet might have to do... Piggies are made of stern stuff but they can go downhill quickly.
 

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I called six vets today and they all wanted to send me to the same one 2 1/2 hours away. I called that vet to say I was coming and was ready to go when they told me they closed in a half an hour and I would have to wait until Monday. I've always been the kid who cries when my fish died, I'm so scared for him. I wrapped him in a shirt I wore yesterday and put him a box to be close to my spouse while I go to work.

He's eating and was seemingly pretty happy to get the puréed carrots. I'm hoping having an appetite is a good sign? Ugh!
 

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I suspect you are not in the UK? If you are in the US I know it can be very difficult to find a vet that is able to treat guinea pigs. Could any of them at least advise you over the phone? Does he usually have pellets as part of his food? if so you could mash them up and use with the puree. Here is our hand feeding guide in case you need it. However, if he is weak syringe feeding may not be the best idea. I do think he needs a vet though as it sounds like a URI but appreciate that you are in a difficult position.

Complete Syringe Feeding Guide
 
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