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Two Of My Guinea Pigs Are Having A Hard Time Walking/lifting Their Heads

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Huck Finny

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So I've had these Guinea Pigs for over a year and they've been in great care. When I got them, they were healthy and happy. I've fed them and given them water as well as hay, fruits, and vegetables.

Now my two girls are having a hard time functioning. They can eat fine, they just can't get to the food bowl. I've noticed one of them had a hard time moving her back legs. The other has difficulty lifting her head and moving her head. They both seem aware and can hear fine.

They're not moving much if I'm not around. I've been feeding them their pellets from my hands, and they're eating them just fine. Whenever I hold the drip bottle for them to drink, they'll drink fine.

I just think they're having a hard time moving around their cage because of their legs. Any advice is appreciated.
 
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They both need an urgent vet visit? This isn't normal so there is something wrong with them.

When did it start happening? @Huck Finny
 

Huck Finny

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Maybe a week or two ago. I've moved them to a different cage so they can be closer to their food and water.
 

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Please see a vet! This is not normal!

Make sure that you clean the areas they are sitting in at least 1-2 twice daily, weigh them daily at the same time to see whether they need syringe food top up (80% of the daily food intake is hay, and you can't control that), gently wipe their genitalia if they cannot clean themselves up anymore. These are only supportive, if important measures you need to take at home. They do NOT replace a vet visit!
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide
 

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This definitely requires a vet visit. Are they eating a pellet that is fortified with vitamin C? Scurvy can cause paralysis and if they were both lacking it from their diet, it could account for both having similar issues. Definitely see a vet, though... a couple of weeks is too long to let this drag on without getting a definitive opinion!
 
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