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GUINEA PIGS: HEALTH PROBLEMS, A LIST

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GUINEA PIG HEALTH PROBLEMS

Guinea pigs are susceptible to a wide assortment of health problems. We have encountered all of the following problems in our GP patients.

  • Abscesses

  • Alopecia - hair loss

  • Anorexia and pseudoanorexia - not eating or unable to eat

  • Antibiotic-associated enterotoxemia

  • Cervical lymphadenitis - swollen lymph nodes in the neck, usually due to Strep. Zooepidemicus infection

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Constipation

  • Cheilitis - inflammation and infection of the lips

  • Eye and eyelid problems

  • Dental disease

  • Diarrhea

  • Fleas

  • Gastric dilatation and volvulus

  • Gastric hypomotility and stasis - loss of normal contractions in stomach and intestines

  • Heat stroke

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Hypovitaminosis C

  • Neurologic problems

    • Ataxia

    • Head tilt - middle and inner ear problems

    • Paralysis and paresis (weakness)

    • Seizures

  • Perineal sac impaction, rectal impaction impaction of the sacs around the anus

  • Polyuria and polydypsia - increased thirst and urination

  • Reproductive problems

    • Dystocia - difficulty giving birth

    • Neoplasia

    • Pregnancy toxemia

    • Pyometra and other uterine problems

    • Vaginitis and vaginal tumors

  • Respiratory problems

    • Pneumonia

    • Rhinitis and sinusitis - sneezing and nasal discharge

  • Skin problems

    • Abscesses

    • Alopecia

    • Bacterial infection

    • Cysts

    • Fungal infection - ringworm

    • Parasites - fleas, lice, mites

    • Pododermatitis - foot problems, bumblefoot

    • Poor fur coat without itch

    • Tumors

  • Trichobezoars and phytobezoars

  • Tyzzer’s disease

  • Urinary tract infection

  • Urinary tract obstruction

  • Urinary stones

Yarmouth Veterinary Center

2016

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