Why is my guinea pig suddenly lethargic?

Why is my guinea pig suddenly lethargic?

Vitamin C deficiency Like humans, guinea pigs cannot make their own vitamin C (ascorbic acid) from other food substances so they need to obtain vitamin C from their diet. Affected guinea pigs may be anorexic, lethargic, weak; move with difficulty and appear painful when moving.

What do I do if my guinea pig is lethargic?

See a vet immediately if your cavy shows any of these signs:

  1. Refusal to eat or drink.
  2. Labored breathing, wheezing.
  3. Crusty eyes, sneezing.
  4. Rough or puffed-up coat.
  5. Dull and/or receding eyes.
  6. Lethargy, hunched posture.
  7. Drooling.
  8. Watery diarrhea.

How do you tell if your guinea pig has been poisoned?

Identify symptoms of poisoning. The symptoms of poisoning can vary based on what caused the poison. In general, symptoms include diarrhea, salivation, skin rash, labored breathing, or a fast pulse. Guinea pigs are incapable of vomiting, so they will not vomit if they have an upset stomach.

How do you save a dying guinea pig?

A dying guinea pig will become very weak and unable to feed or water himself as his death approaches. You can make his passing less uncomfortable by offering him water from a spoon, syringe, or water bottle. Blend or mix a guinea pig “smoothie” that contains hay, water and ground up pellets and feed it to him.

How do I know if a guinea pig is in pain?

How do guinea pigs show that they are in pain?

  1. Grinding teeth.
  2. Reluctance to move.
  3. Shivers or quivers.
  4. Sits hunched, with hair spiky.
  5. Squealing or excessive noise.
  6. Not eating or drinking.
  7. Shallow, rapid breathing.

Can guinea pigs have distilled water?

Water is an important part of your guinea pigs diet and should be replaced daily to ensure it is free of bacteria. Water should not be distilled and should be free from any contamination (so, that means filling up at the kitchen sink and not the garden water butt).

How do guinea pigs act when they are dying?

They become calmer, move less, eat more or less than before and are no longer as interested in their surroundings. Others show hardly any changes in behavior or the owner does not notice any difference from before. But these animals also mourn internally. Many older guinea pigs even die of grief or get sick.

Can guinea pigs make you sick?

Well, the answer is YES, your guinea pig can make you sick, too. This process, known as a zoonosis, is extremely rare. Although it is extremely rare, it is possible for you to catch an illness from your guinea pig.

Does your guinea pig is sick?

There are a few signs that you can look out for that might indicate your guinea pig is sick: Change in activity level (quiet/huddled up) Weight change – unexpected loss or gain Changes in coat or…

Do guinea pigs get sick?

Guinea pigs get sick just like any pet can get sick. The winter is what you really need to watch out for. But when they do get sick they can go down hill very quickly. Since they are pray animals they hide any signs of illness on instinct. If you notice any signs of a URI they need to be taken to the vet asap.

Is my guinea pig sick?

If they start to exhibit any symptoms of illness, such as a lack of appetite, wheezing, sneezing, crusty eyes, a hunched posture, hair loss, a rough or puffed up coat, diarrhea, blood in their urine, or a loss of balance, you should take them to the vet right away. A sick guinea pig can go downhill very quickly if they are not treated by a vet.

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