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Pig Lost Weight Rapidly And Crusty Nose?

Leithall

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My guinea pig Fleur has lost at least half of her body weight within the last month, she's also had a crusty ear two weeks ago. I took her to the vets but they couldn't find anything wrong with her... I noticed yesterday that she had a very crusty nose so must have a runny nose and she had a tiny bit of crust around her eyes. She is eating as I've seen her eat so she's not completely off her food but she just generally doesn't seem herself. She still climbs the cage to great me etc but I can't understand her rapid weight loss. I can feel her bones which is very concerning! She used to be my biggest pig and now all of a sudden she's the lightest and skinniest.
I have booked her an appointment with the vet again but they don't seem to know what is wrong.
Any ideas or advice?
Thanks
 

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My guinea pig Fleur has lost at least half of her body weight within the last month, she's also had a crusty ear two weeks ago. I took her to the vets but they couldn't find anything wrong with her... I noticed yesterday that she had a very crusty nose so must have a runny nose and she had a tiny bit of crust around her eyes. She is eating as I've seen her eat so she's not completely off her food but she just generally doesn't seem herself. She still climbs the cage to great me etc but I can't understand her rapid weight loss. I can feel her bones which is very concerning! She used to be my biggest pig and now all of a sudden she's the lightest and skinniest.
I have booked her an appointment with the vet again but they don't seem to know what is wrong.
Any ideas or advice?
Thanks
Hi and welcome

Please find a better vet. You guinea pig has likely got ringworm, the most aggressive and transmittable of the fungal infections. Ringworm and other fungal infections are opportunistic issues that can hit when the immune is not working fully. Ringworm: Hygiene And Pictures

Please step in with syringe feeding and watering asap. 80% of the daily food intake is hay; you cannot control that. Watching her nibble on a little bit of veg is just not enough to go on. Switch to weighing her daily at the same time and follow the tips in our very detailed step-by-step instructions. In an emergency, you can use mushed up pellets. Please prep any syringe as shown in the guide in this case. You can a 1 ml syringe without needle from any pharmacy.
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide

There is often an underlying pain issue that is causing massive weight loss or a mechanical problem that prevents a piggy from eating properly. If there are no obvious symptoms, please have your guinea pig seen by a more experienced vet, even if they are further away.

Since we have got members from all over the world, we would be grateful if you please added your country, state/province or UK county to your details, so we can tailor any advice and recommendations to what is available and relevant where you are straight away. Click on your username, go to personal details and scroll down to location. this makes it appear with every post you make.

We have got a recommended UK vets locator on the top bar. Guinea Pig Vet Locator
Here are recommended vets in some other countries: Guinea Lynx :: GL's Vet List
 

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This really is quite a serious problem, you really should have been weighing her weekly the same as all the
Piggies. Get some critical care & water into her as quickly as you & as much as quickly you can.if you don't have critical care, mash so Norma,
 

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Hi, sorry you are having problems with your piggy, and. You have already had some great advice,
The very first thing l would do if it were my pig is to ask the vet to do a broad spectrum poo analysis !
Colect poos over 2 to 3 days, or idealy if you haven't cleaned your cage for 2 to 3 days colect samples from verous corners of the cage, and put the poops into a container and ask your vet to have a broad spectrum poo analysis done on them
NB tell him you don't want a poo float, as this will only show parasite particals!
A broad spectrum analysis with show most of the causes of poo problems

Best do it asap as poo problems can be tricky to put right once they have got a hold!
 
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