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my female guinea pig is urinating red orange clear liquid.

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my female guinea pig is urinating red orange clear liquid. is this her heat cycle or does she need a vet
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Urine color is influenced by many factors in herbivores such as this:

- Diet
- Metabolic wastes (urochromes)
- Hydration status
- Medications

Again, while diet alone can influence urine color in herbivores, typically we recommend a urine sample is evaluated to look for hematuria (red blood cells).

If the urine is normal on evaluation, then the other parts of the urinary tract (such as female reproductive tract) will be considered as the cause.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

So does she need to see a vet? What do we need to look for?

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Yes - if the urine color continues to be abnormal, a urine sample should be evaluated.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
So there is nothing I can do at home? How urgent is this situation?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
With no other signs of illness:

- Activity
- Appetite
- Water intake
- etc

There is no reason to panic and rush to the ER.

There is nothing specific to do at home, as an underlying cause has not been found - which is why an appointment to have this evaluated is recommended.
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