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Still Sniffly After Antibiotics

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my 4-5 month old guinea pig got sick about 2 weeks ago. He was sneezing more than usual and sniffling when he breathed. At first I didn't realize how serious this could be and then spent a few days trying to locate a vet for him in the area, most wouldn't see him. Finally he was seen and the vet said the infection wasn't in his lungs and prescribed tetracycline since he is so young for 10 days. He finished that yesterday but is sneezing and sniffling again! His appetite is normal, and he's as active as ever, but I can hear him breathing across the room. He has fleece bedding and I clean the cage regularly. He has plenty of vitamin c. Any suggestions?
 

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Personally, I would try and get him back to the vets, but I'm sure someone with more knowledge than me will post when they are online :)
 

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Please place a bowl of steaming water next to the cage to help ease the breathing and ring up the vets. The tetracycline may not be strong enough; what is the dose and how long has been on it? Most vets treat with baytril, marbocyl or (in the US) doxycycline for respiratory infections at all ages. I am tagging our medications specialist for you. @Pebble

Make sure that you get a probiotic from your pet shop or online if you get a stronger antibiotic to help prop up the guts, as any antibiotic kills the good bacteria in there as well as the bad ones.

Can you please add your country, state or (for the UK) your county to your details. We have members from all over the world and it really helps to adapt any advice to what is available/possible for you. Click o your username on the top bar, then go to personal details and scroll down to location. Thanks!
 

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Thank you both for responding so quickly. I live in the U.S. And he got .5 mg twice a day for 10 days, but it was suspended in applesauce so I will need to double check the exact amount of actual medicine he got. I will definitely try the steaming water to see if that eases his symptoms. I don't know if I will be able to get him to a vet again because the vet he saw doesn't normally see guinea pigs and did it only as a special favor. I will call and try anyway of course.
 

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Thank you both for responding so quickly. I live in the you.S. And he got .5 mg twice a day for 10 days, but it was suspended in applesauce so I will need to double check the exact amount of actual medicine he got. I will definitely try the steaming water to see if that eases his symptoms. I don't know if I will be able to get him to a vet again because the vet he saw doesn't normally see guinea pigs and did it only as a special favor. I will call and try anyway of course.
Here is a link to the Guinea Lynx list of recommended guinea pig vets in the US; just click on your state and see whether there is one within reach of you:
http://www.guinealynx.info/cabinet/index.php/Veterinarians
 
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