Not the same after fireworks

Short Shadow

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Hi All,
I am worried about one of my piggs. Gio is usually is a very spunky, talkative and playful little guy but last night was his first time experiencing fireworks. It was VERY bad this year with the illegal ones! We had all the doors and windows closed with 5 industrial fans running to try to drown it out without much success. But now he isn't the same the next day.. He is hiding, doesn't greet me at the cage, runs from one spot to another instead of walking over there and i haven't heard him talk at all. Has anyone else seen this happen? Does he just need some time?

Thank you for the help.
 

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Aw bless him. It sounds like he is spooked by the fireworks.

Is he pooing, eating and drinking ok? If so, I’d keep him quiet and keep an eye on him for a day or two and have him seen by the vet if he still isn’t right to rule out any medical issues but hopefully he’ll be ok after some quiet time
 

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Sorry forgot to say if he's not eating you need to step in with syringe feeding until you can see a vet and rule out any illness. If he's hiding away and not coming out for food put a pile of hay and his viggies at veggie time by the entrace of his hidey so he can just pop his head out to reach it.
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide
 

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Hi!

It can take several days for him to come round. Does he have a companion to snuggle with for emotional support?

If not, give him time under a pullover or towel against your chest to help him feel secure and not alone. Make sure that you only wear stuff you can put into the laundry straight away afterwards in case his bladder gives. It can take over an hour.

You may find these guide links here helpful, both in understanding where he comes from but also how you can reassure him in his own language.
Understanding Prey Animal Instincts, Guinea Pig Whispering and Cuddling Tips
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Hello Everyone!

Thank you so much for the responses! I may have gone from 0 to panic mode a little to quickly.

He is eating and drinking normal, just as long as nobody was in the room. We didn't have anymore fireworks last night but I closed up the curtains and turned on the heavy fans just to be safe. When I went to bed, he was still cautious but he let me pet him while he was drinking. This morning he was at the haybag in the open again with me in the room. I am so relieved. I wanted to take him out and love on him but I didn't want to scare him more either.

Still not 100% himself but he's not hiding anymore so making progress. Hopefully he will be back to himself in a couple days.

And just to add, yes he has a buddy, another boar that is a couple years older. I think that may have been what helped the most because Armani wasn't phased by it much. Support system is always best.

Thanks again!
 
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