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Please help! I have a guinea pig named bronco. He is around 5 years old. Lately he has been breathing pretty heavy. He was seen by a vet yesterday and got a prescription for orbax. He had one does yesterday evening, one dose this morning and will receive another tonight. He has been drinking normally, eating veggies, and timothy hay. I believe he ate some pellets but I am not sure. He has also been getting oasis vita drops added to his water and food. His breathing is still really heavy and even though he gets up to walk around he has been laying down looking like he's not feeling well. Does anyone with experience with Uri's know how long it usually takes for the heavy breathing to slow down? Thank you in advanced!
 

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Hi Logan, sorry to hear your pigglet is poorly. Yeah my Yogi who is 4 is (hopefully) coming to the end of a URI. She did get worse before the wheezing stopped, just keep an eye on your piggie and contact the vet if he deteriorates. I have posted a few things about my Yogi and her hard time on here, it may be worth a read.
 

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Hi Logan, sorry to hear your pigglet is poorly. Yeah my Yogi who is 4 is (hopefully) coming to the end of a URI. She did get worse before the wheezing stopped, just keep an eye on your piggie and contact the vet if he deteriorates. I have posted a few things about my Yogi and her hard time on here, it may be worth a read.

Thank you so much Katie! Reading about your yogi certainly helped. Best of luck to your little girl!
 

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No problem, I know how upsetting it is. Thank you, I'll pass your best wishes onto the little madam. Get well soon Bronco
 

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How is he today? I have not heard of Orbax before but it looks like it is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Please could you confirm your location as that will help us to advise you. Do you know if the vet said whether there was any fluid on his chest?
 

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How is he today? I have not heard of Orbax before but it looks like it is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Please could you confirm your location as that will help us to advise you. Do you know if the vet said whether there was any fluid on his chest?

Thanks for a response Helen! I am about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. When bronco went to the vet he wasn't in terribly bad shape so the vet opted to not do an xray at that time because he didn't want to stress him out. He said he definitely has an upper respritory infection but didn't say if he for sure had the fluids. We are going to try the orbax for a few days and go from there. Today he seems pretty alert. He Drank some water, ate some timothy hay, and veggies. He does seem to be making a grunting sound while chewing and He hasn't seemed too interested in his pellets. His breathing has also slowed down. He is still breathing a little heavy but not nearly as bad. Thank you for your time and concern!
 
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Hopefully the antibiotics are starting to kick in. The grunting could be because he has congestion in his nose. You could put a bowl of boiling water next to the cage with 2 drops of Olbas oil in it, not sure if you have that in the US. This is it:

Olbas Oil: decongestant relief for blocked noses
Thank you so much! I don't think we have that here but I found something similar. Yesterday he started not wanting to eat anything other than his timothy hay. He won't drink any of his water and hasn't pooped in 24 hours.
 

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Are you able to get him back to the vet? if he isn't eating much at all and not pooing it is an emergency.
 
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