How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Anna Your Own Question
Anna, Pet Expert/Biologist
Category: Pet
Satisfied Customers: 11544
Experience:  40 yrs.: herps, pocket pets, rabbits, poultry, dogs, horses. Biology degree. Vet assistant.
Type Your Pet Question Here...
Anna is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My guinea pig is not pooping. When she does its diarrhea,

This answer was rated:

My guinea pig is not pooping. When she does it's diarrhea, and she won't leave her bed for long. I usually let her out of her cage so she can run around but she won't leave her cage at all. What do you think is wrong?

Is your guinea pig eating normally?

How often is she having diarrhea?

What do you feed her?

Thank you.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
She is still eating but not as much as she used to and she only wants treats(fruit bites) sometimes where as before she couldnt get enough of them. She has had diarrhea for about a week now. I feed her mixed food it has pellets, seeds, and corn.
Thank you for getting back to me. I'll give you some first aid measures in a moment, but at this point, your guinea pig is very ill, and she needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible. Here is where you can find a guinea pig/rabbit vet:

Since your guinea pig has had diarrhea for a week, she is probably getting dehydrated. Get some Pedialyte (made for human infants and available in discount stores and pharmacies). Use a syringe to put some in the side of her mouth (not straight down the throat - that can lead to aspiration into the lungs). For the first hour, give her some Pedialyte every ten minutes. After that, repeat it once per hour.

Remove all of the food from her cage. The so-called gourmet mixes, which contain seeds and corn, are very bad for guinea pigs. They cannot digest these foods. Give your guinea pig some timothy hay (not alfalfa hay). You can buy it in bags in pet stores. She should have all of the hay she wants. Plain guinea pig pellets should be provided - hay should be the main ingredient, and no seeds, dried fruit, nuts, etc. You can read more about feeding guinea pigs on this site:

Eliminating the mixed feed, providing hay, and using Pedialyte are only first aid measures. They won’t replace a visit to a vet. It's very important to see one quickly. If you have more questions, just let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope your guinea pig will reach a full recovery once proper treatment is begun.

Anna and 2 other Pet Specialists are ready to help you