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My guinea pig is not eating and is not moving from the corner

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My guinea pig is not eating and is not moving from the corner of his cage. I cleaned his cage yesterday and inspected his mouth, his fur, and his paws. I really didn't notice anything abnornal. I also gave him a bath, which did not seem to bother him (he had a little dirt in his fur which was noticeable because it is white).    He continues to drink water but not as much as he used to. I thought there may have been a problem with pain or discomfort while walking (sinse he is staying put) so I moved his food bowl closer to him. He appears to have eaten just a tiny amount in the last 24 hours. He has not produced any waste since the cage was cleaned. I'm worried about him because he is not normally this way.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  DrT replied 7 years ago.
Good morning:
I'm sorry to hear your guinea pig is not feeling well. A guinea pig who doesn't want to eat is a sick pig. They are also famous for not showing you many symptoms. If you have a vet that sees guinea pigs, I would recommend you take him in for an evaluation. There are many possibilites of the source of the problem: Gastro-intestinal, urinary, infectious, etc. Perhaps some antibiotics and/or fluids could help him?
I'll also use Ox-bow critical care herbivore diet supplement on pigs that won't eat.
Good luck - Dr. T

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