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About a couple of days ago i noticed my guinea pigs poop was mushy and really smelly. I contacted a vet in my area and he recommended that i give him about 2-3 drops of antibiotics directly in his mouth for three days and then after that 2-3 drops in his water for about 10 days. I gave him the antibiotics but on the second day I noticed he was eating less and on the third day as well. I was supposed to start putting the drops in his water today but he won't eat or drink almost at all. He's also not peeing or pooping. I don't think he's lost any weight but it has only been about two days since he stopped eating and drinking. I called the vet again and he said I should just let him drink and eat as much as he wants and not force feed him. I also noticed that he chews really slow and when I checked his teeth I saw that there was something black/grey/brown between his upper front teeth. There isn't any vets where I live that specialise in guinea pigs or know much about them. The vet said the most he can do is give him antibiotics and if there's something wrong with his teeth no one can help him. He's five years old and he's never been sick. I don't know what to do and I'm really scared. I don't want to lose him.
 

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Sorry to hear this.. can you possibly locate a vet who has more knowledge and would be a bit more helpful?
 

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About a couple of days ago i noticed my guinea pigs poop was mushy and really smelly. I contacted a vet in my area and he recommended that i give him about 2-3 drops of antibiotics directly in his mouth for three days and then after that 2-3 drops in his water for about 10 days. I gave him the antibiotics but on the second day I noticed he was eating less and on the third day as well. I was supposed to start putting the drops in his water today but he won't eat or drink almost at all. He's also not peeing or pooping. I don't think he's lost any weight but it has only been about two days since he stopped eating and drinking. I called the vet again and he said I should just let him drink and eat as much as he wants and not force feed him. I also noticed that he chews really slow and when I checked his teeth I saw that there was something black/grey/brown between his upper front teeth. There isn't any vets where I live that specialise in guinea pigs or know much about them. The vet said the most he can do is give him antibiotics and if there's something wrong with his teeth no one can help him. He's five years old and he's never been sick. I don't know what to do and I'm really scared. I don't want to lose him.
Hi!

Where are you located? And what antibiotic have you been given?

Here is our emergency and crisis advice collection, including tips on how you can improvise with feeding support and care if you don't have any products handy and how to spot if your piggy is dying as well as what you can do for them:

You need to step in with fibrous feeding support as well as watering aiming for about 40-60 ml in 24 hours, as much as they will take every 2 hours during the day and once during the night. Please don't squirt any food or water into a piggy's mouth if they struggle to swallow.
If you piggy is not peeing and pooing, it means that they haven't eaten for at least 1-2 days and that their body.

PLEASE don't put any medication in the water of guinea pig; you always need to give it directly. Guinea pigs have double the amount of taste buds than humans and five times those of cats; they just won't drink off-tasting water.
 

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If you are in the UK check the vet locator at the top.
It has a list of recommended vets.
You need a vet who Is cavy savvy.
Hold all goes well for you
 

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Hi!

Where are you located? And what antibiotic have you been given?

Here is our emergency and crisis advice collection, including tips on how you can improvise with feeding support and care if you don't have any products handy and how to spot if your piggy is dying as well as what you can do for them:

You need to step in with fibrous feeding support as well as watering aiming for about 40-60 ml in 24 hours, as much as they will take every 2 hours during the day and once during the night. Please don't squirt any food or water into a piggy's mouth if they struggle to swallow.
If you piggy is not peeing and pooing, it means that they haven't eaten for at least 1-2 days and that their body.

PLEASE don't put any medication in the water of guinea pig; you always need to give it directly. Guinea pigs have double the amount of taste buds than humans and five times those of cats; they just won't drink off-tasting water.
Hi!

Where are you located? And what antibiotic have you been given?

Here is our emergency and crisis advice collection, including tips on how you can improvise with feeding support and care if you don't have any products handy and how to spot if your piggy is dying as well as what you can do for them:

You need to step in with fibrous feeding support as well as watering aiming for about 40-60 ml in 24 hours, as much as they will take every 2 hours during the day and once during the night. Please don't squirt any food or water into a piggy's mouth if they struggle to swallow.
If you piggy is not peeing and pooing, it means that they haven't eaten for at least 1-2 days and that their body.

PLEASE don't put any medication in the water of guinea pig; you always need to give it directly. Guinea pigs have double the amount of taste buds than humans and five times those of cats; they just won't drink off-tasting water.
I live in Serbia (not in the uk) and as far as I know the vets here only know how to treat dogs and cats. The antibiotic the vet told me to give him is called enrocin. He told me it was for birds but works on guinea pigs as well. I'm really scared about force feeding him because the vet said not to but everywhere else I've looked said I should. I don't know who to listen to.
 

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I live in Serbia (not in the uk) and as far as I know the vets here only know how to treat dogs and cats. The antibiotic the vet told me to give him is called enrocin. He told me it was for birds but works on guinea pigs as well. I'm really scared about force feeding him because the vet said not to but everywhere else I've looked said I should. I don't know who to listen to.
Enrocin is another brand name for the antibiotic that is licensed worldwide for guinea pigs and other small rodents. You can find more information on it under the brand name baytril (active ingredient: enrofloxacin) under the links safe and unsafe medication for guinea pigs in both emergency care guide links in my previous post.

PLEASE step with feeding support; but unlike force feeding where you just squirt stuff into the mouth, you do this very carefully; adjusting the amount to what your piggy can actually cope with and never give more before the last bit has gone down.

A guinea pig that is not eating is a dead guinea pig; it is as simple as that. Guinea pigs eat about the equivalent of 90-120 ml of solids and fluids in a day. If your piggy is fighting the syringe really badly, well in excess to its diminished strength, then it is usually unable to process food and is unfortunately dying. I am very sorry having to be so blunt with you.

You have some very difficult decisions to make there - do you give the feeding and your piggy a chance at surviving or do you decide not to fight and letting your piggy die? Unlike cats and dogs, guinea pigs rely on a steady influx of food to keep the gut going. They need to eat much more than you think (most of it is hay) and cannot fast until they feel perhaps a little better some days down the line. You either have to trust us, who have long term experience with guinea pigs (mine goes back nearly 50 years and I have advised on tens of thousands of threads for a good decade just on this forum), or put your trust in a vet who is admittedly not experienced with guinea pigs and cannot even tell you what is wrong with your guinea pig. Guinea pigs are classed as exotic pets (together with all rodents); they do hardly feature on a general vet's curriculum - about one afternoon in 4 years of study.
 
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