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Sniffling And Sneezing Guniea Pig

Acy

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Hey there! I had recently purchased a guinea pig from a pet store and upon purchasing her I knew she had a small bit of crusties on her nose. Her breathing was fine, no eye crusts and she was very alert and active. They had just got done switching her over from where they keep the new ones they get into the sales floor enclosure and told me to keep an eye on her and if her condition worsens to bring her back. Anyways, I took her home and the crusties on her nose have gone away but she remains sniffling now and then and does sneeze from time to time. Not the normal 2-4 times a day sneeze, it's pretty consistent through out the day, especially when I take her out to let her play and roam about. It's been about a week since I purchased her and I don't want to bring her back because I just got my other guinea pig back from there and don't want to go through that again. Which brings me to the next part...

My other guinea pig had crusty eyes and was given Doxycycline 25mg/5ml oral [0.34ml every 12hrs] for two weeks [she's totally better now, no worries there!] and I have some of it left over which I was given upon repurchasing her. I was wondering, if as a precautionary, to give the new guinea pig some for a week and see if her condition improves with the sniffling/sneezing? I'm not sure if it's a URI or if she's just really bothered by the hay and bedding in her cage [a small layer of carefresh which now I'm starting to cover with a towel in hopes it keeps what dust it does have down]. She is still very active and craves attention like there's no tomorrow! Her appetite is fine, she drinks water regularly and her poop looks fine and healthy.

What would be your recommendation? I know you guys aren't vets but reading the forum posts you all seem very knowledgeable and I'd love your input!

Thanks in advance!
 

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I she was my piggiy I would take her to the vet. Just because the symptoms seem similar to your other piggy doesn't mean they are. If the vet says that you need the same medicine as you already have it's a bonus and will save you some money. The dose might also be different as I believe the dosage goes on the weight of your piggy.
 

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I would take her to the vets, she may have the same symptoms of the other piggy, but it may not be that. I think the constant sneezing needs investigating. It could be she has something brewing or an allergy.
Hope things go well.
 

Acy

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Hey guys! Sorry for kinda reviving a semi-dead thread but I just wanted to give an update!

So I managed to find a vet that specialized with small and exotic animals. Callie and Trixie went in today and both were diagnosed with URI [Trixie was worse than Callie, as in she was starting to get congested and she was brought in at the right time before she went downhill].

Thank you for recommending the vet and prompting me to get them checked out. I'm really glad I did! And I'm so happy I found the vet office that I did because they really do love animals. They kept on giving my little girls kisses and pets and goodness it just melted my heart to see how much they love and care for animals.

Thanks again!
 
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