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New Piggy Sounds Bunged Up

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Aliceandbuddy

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I have a new guinea pig, he is four months old but the family he belonged to needed to get rid of him as they have yappy dogs. They said there isn't anything wrong with him and he's a happy guy and he is but I noticed from first having him that he's quite sneezy and when I looked it up I got really worried.

Tonight he sounds bunged up like he sounds different his breathing is deeper and he basically sounds like he has a cold. He's an indoor guinea pig and I use hay. When he sneezes it's like gooey snot (sorry) he's still eating lots I just feel awful for him because he sounds like he needs to blow his nose if that makes sense? I keep using hay to sort of tease him so he makes himself vertical to see if that helps. Has anyone had this before and found a way to help him? He's being just as energetic and happy as normal but doesn't sound right and I'm scared :( thanks
 

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If he is having sneezing with nasal discharge, he needs to see a vet as soon as possible. Upper respiratory infections can get very serious very quickly, especially in old or young guinea pigs like your little guy. They can even be fatal and can progress quickly. Please find a vet with knowledge about guinea pigs who can see this little guy. He will need antibiotics ASAP.
 

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Hi
I have a new guinea pig, he is four months old but the family he belonged to needed to get rid of him as they have yappy dogs. They said there isn't anything wrong with him and he's a happy guy and he is but I noticed from first having him that he's quite sneezy and when I looked it up I got really worried.

Tonight he sounds bunged up like he sounds different his breathing is deeper and he basically sounds like he has a cold. He's an indoor guinea pig and I use hay. When he sneezes it's like gooey snot (sorry) he's still eating lots I just feel awful for him because he sounds like he needs to blow his nose if that makes sense? I keep using hay to sort of tease him so he makes himself vertical to see if that helps. Has anyone had this before and found a way to help him? He's being just as energetic and happy as normal but doesn't sound right and I'm scared :( thanks
Please see a vet promptly for URI; it can kill if not treated promptly. URI is one of those things that can hit whenever the immune system is lowered from stress of a move if there has been exposure to the bacteria at some point. Only after that would I consider alternatives ( sensitivity to hay dust or pollen).
Guinea Lynx :: URI
Dogs, Kennel Cough And Guinea Pigs - An Important Consideration.
 

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Thanks, he's all well and good now! The main issue was a piece of hay in his nose which the vet removed and to help him get back to normal he had a small course of medication and is doing great now! Thank you for your advice x
 
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