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My Guinea pig is losing fur on her belly, is very thin and

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My Guinea pig is losing fur on her belly, is very thin and is limping. Her appetite is good but she's too warm
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: I felt around, cut her nails but she doesn't seem to wince when I squeeze different parts of her foot.
JA: My toenails are my secret shame. We will not discuss them further.
Customer: I don't cut hers often enough. It's so difficult. She's a runt and gets picked on by the others.
JA: What is the guinea pig's name and age?
Customer: Her name is ***** ***** I've had her for 2 1/2 years but I think she's closer to three
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Daisy?
Customer: She's got no fat on her like her cage mates and is extremely skiddish, but is a good explorer when out of the cage.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Jennifer Van Noy replied 6 months ago.
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mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}I'm Dr. Jenn and I'm a licensed veterinarian with 18 years of experience. I'm here to help with your question about Daisy.I'm so sorry you're having this problem, but glad you're looking for the information you need. You may join the conversation at any time by typing in what you want to say then clicking REPLY or SEND. Then we can chat back and forth until you're satisfied with the information I've provided. I'll do my best to earn your good rating, because that's the only way I receive any compensation for helping you.In order to help me help you better, I'll need a little more information. To start with, please tell me:You mention Daisy's appetite is good. What do you feed her?Which leg is she limping on?How do her cage mates pick on her?Is she having any troubles eating? What do her pellets look like?In the area she is losing her fur, what does her skin look like?I'll be standing by and awaiting your reply. Thank you for using our website.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Hello,
I feed her standard Guinea pig food. It is the Sunburst brand. I also feed her Timothy hay, carrots, celery, cucumber and lettuce. She eats but is in competition with one of her cage mates who intimidates her by nipping, chasing and growling, stare downs, etc.
she is holing up her back right leg. The nails were quite long and curling. I cut them.
I haven't noticed her pellets but have since moved her to her own cage.
Her belly and side hair is balding to her pale pink skin and her fur is thin and dull everywhere else.
She's always been smaller and skinnier than the others. I've noticed she is much warmer than the others in the last few days as well.
Expert:  Jennifer Van Noy replied 6 months ago.
I'm glad you moved her to her own cage so she doesn't have to compete for food and you can monitor her more closely. It is possible that is the cause of the weight loss. Other things I look at dental disease, uterine infections, and scurvy. Guinea Pigs will often hide their illness, until they are very ill, so early intervention is best! I like that you are giving her some fresh veggies. I would add some vitamin C rich foods into all of their diets. The Guinea Pig food likely has some Vit C added in, but after the food sits on the shelf for a bit, the Vit C goes away. The vegetables with the highest amounts of vitamin C include dark, leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and certain squashes. Broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage tend to make for a gassy guinea pig, so limit these to once per week instead of daily or frequently. Squash, red and green bell peppers and zucchini are acceptable sources of vitamin C on a daily basis. Fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C for humans and guinea pigs alike. While the vitamin C is high, however, so is the sugar. Fruits should be a frequent treat in small amounts, but too much can lead to problems, such as obesity, too much acid or high blood sugar levels. Strawberries, orange peel, mango and kiwi are all excellent sources of vitamin C. Kiwi and mango are extremely high in sugar, however, and should be fed sparingly, such as once per week.It is possible it was her nail causing the issue. How long ago did you cut them?If you think she is warmer, you can take her rectal temperature. Normal temp range is 99.0-103.1 F. If she is outside of that range, I would definitely have her seen. If her fur is thin and dull -- nutrition, underlying disease, or even mites may be causing an issue. It sounds like she would benefit from having a physical examination from your veterinarian.I hope this information was helpful to you.Please also remember I am here for you and am happy to discuss your question until you are satisfied with the answer I've provided. You may return to this page at any time to review this information and/or post more. You may do so even after you've rated my response. I'll be notified of your response via email and will do my best to help you.If you are satisfied with the information I've provided, please take a moment to rate my response. I've done my best to provide you with the most accurate, thorough and up-to-date information that is available, and your positive feedback is important to me. Without it, I receive no compensation for helping you.If you are not satisfied, please let me know how else I may be of assistance. Thank you for using our website.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I like you very much and I'd be happy to rate you well but I don't know how. I will be bringing her to the vet tomorrow. She just doesn't seem healthy. Thank you for the good advice. I didn't realize food opened for a long time deleted vitamin C. I will feed her leafy greens and bell peppers.
Expert:  Jennifer Van Noy replied 6 months ago.
Hi, I'm glad you are taking Daisy in! I hope she's feeling better soon.At the top of your screen should be a bar with stars on it- you can rank me from 1 to 5 stars, then click finish.If you have further questions, don't hesitate to reach out.Dr. Jenn
Expert:  Jennifer Van Noy replied 6 months ago.
Hi Beth,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Jennifer Van Noy