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Joan, Vet Technician
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Experience:  Vet Tech for 35+yrs. Small Animals and Fish
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My guinea pig has a cold. Is it serious What is the treat

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My guinea pig has a cold. Is it serious? What is the treatment?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Joan replied 7 years ago.


Sorry to take so long to get back to, but I just signed on and had see you are waiting. Can you tell me if there is sneezing, discharge form the nose or eyes?

Any wheezing?

Is the cavy eating and drinking?

Is your Cavy Passing pellets and urine?


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Yes she is wheezing. She is eating and drinking and passing pellets and urine.
Expert:  Joan replied 7 years ago.


When we hear there is wheezing this can be the beginning of pneumonia. The Guinea Pigs seem to have a predispostion to this problem when they get sick. It may be bacterial or viral. I suggest seeing a Vet with cavy experience as they may need to administer some antibiotics that are cavy safe. If you scroll to the botton it explains about this:

Right now I suggest keeping your baby comfortable by taking her into the bathroom to inhale some steam. You can open a jar of Vicks Vapor rub in the room to help relax the breathing. I have a link below to see if it helps locate a Cavy Savy Vet. Joan

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