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Sneezing, wheezing, dont know whats going on

Lovethempiggies

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Hi guys, i will say that these symptoms have been present since August at least which means its been 6 months or 5. Nibbles and potato have been suffereing with these symptoms for so long and i dont know what to do. I have gone to the veT MULTIPLE times and when i go it seems like nothing is wrong. Ive gone to two cavy savvy vets and my main one took a bunch of tests and found nothing. Ive gotten milloins of antibiotics and nothings worked. The doctors say thet seem pretty healthy and dont know why they are even at the vet. Let me tell you about my house. It is pretty warm but when we e open the door it is cold for like 5 minutes. They get timothy hay and it gets really dusty. In general theres a lot of dust and is really gard to clean up. I clean the cage everyday. So the vets say they seem fine but still give me some antibiotics becuase they sneezed a little, theyve been like this for a few months now, and I'm very confused pls help.
 

Willow&Sky

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Which bedding do they use? Mine sneezed more frequently when they were on wood shavings and would kick it up when burying under hay. I switched to fleece liners and that really helped. Just a suggestion, I'm not an expert I'm afraid.
 

Claire W

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I agree about the bedding. What are you using as a substrate? You also say that the hay is dusty. That could also be contributing to the coughing and sneezing.

My boy once started hooting and sneezing. We took him to the vet but she said his lungs were clear and couldn’t find anything wrong. I assumed it was the wood shavings so changed the bedding. That didn’t work. It turned out it was dusty hay causing it
 

Lovethempiggies

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I agree about the bedding. What are you using as a substrate? You also say that the hay is dusty. That could also be contributing to the coughing and sneezing.

My boy once started hooting and sneezing. We took him to the vet but she said his lungs were clear and couldn’t find anything wrong. I assumed it was the wood shavings so changed the bedding. That didn’t work. It turned out it was dusty hay causing it
I have switched the hay but not a really good outcome. I switched to meadow hay and maybe a little less sneezing becuase I haven’t geard two in a row but sometimes they sneeze very loud and sometimes I think I hear a sneeze but it is really quite. About you the wheezing, I was told the it could’ve been that dust from the Timothy hat clogged it up. I’m not sure what to do. I will say they don’t liie this hay😂 they are eating and pooping and drinking AND DEFINITELY MOVING. I TOOK THEM OUT YESTERDAY AND THEY RAN LIKE BULLETS AROUND THE LIVING ROOM😂😂
 

Lovethempiggies

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Hmm, sounds like a mystery. Maybe it is the hay or the bedding? Do you have any air fresheners in the room? That could be a possible cause
No air fresheners just the kitchen smells when we cook. We never cook anything extreme. Just normal food. But I doubt this is the cause. And the other aroma is their poop at the end of day when I’m about to clean their cage. And I must say, that’s stinky wth the pee😬 it truly is a mystery. I’ve had them for about a year and luckily they are doing just fine but I don’t know what is causing this. I gave them bell pepper this morning and they ate it perfectly fine. They are getting used to their hay but still want their old hay. I haven’t been to close to them for today cuz I woke up sick so I’m not getting near them. Only time I get beat them is when I give them their food. I wash my hands throughout becuase I don’t want them to get sick
 

G&C

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I have switched the hay but not a really good outcome. I switched to meadow hay and maybe a little less sneezing becuase I haven’t geard two in a row but sometimes they sneeze very loud and sometimes I think I hear a sneeze but it is really quite. About you the wheezing, I was told the it could’ve been that dust from the Timothy hat clogged it up. I’m not sure what to do. I will say they don’t liie this hay😂 they are eating and pooping and drinking AND DEFINITELY MOVING. I TOOK THEM OUT YESTERDAY AND THEY RAN LIKE BULLETS AROUND THE LIVING ROOM😂😂
Do you get dust extracted hay?
 
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