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I am very sorry to hear that Brownie isn't eating well, has lost weight and it seems like her heart is racing. The cause for her symptoms could certainly be linked to a heart problem if her heart appears to be racing. This could absolutely result in loss of appetite and weight loss. I would strongly recommend that she go in for diagnostics and treatment for these symptoms, especially the appetite loss. As you likely know, guinea pigs cannot go very long without eating. If they have stopped eating well on their own, this needs to be addressed as a medical emergency. I would strongly recommend that we find your companion a vet that can see them and arrange a vet visit ASAP. Not eating well can be a sign of many conditions from parasites to bloat. I don't say this to scare you but to be entirely honest about the risk. Learn more here:
At home, you can try giving Pediatric Gas-x/simethicone to help alleviate gas pains in the GI tract which may allow them to go right back to eating normally. If not, they need to see a vet. I suggest using 0.5mL of Pediatric (liquid) children’s gas-x (simethicone). This can be dosed orally every 4-8 hours. If they refuse to eat following the Gas-x, I would start syringe feeding pureed pellets or pureed human baby food every few hours. It's imperative that they continue to receive food. Try flavors like apple, banana and green bean. You can also use a high quality convalescent diet for exotics like Oxbow Critical Care (available online from vendors like Amazon and Chewy). Use this video for directions on syringe feeding if this is your first time doing so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgxcVE5AyVA
Should things worsen before you can see your vet, I'd plan to see an ER vet. If in the USA, you can find ER vets open in your area here: https://www.petflight.com/vet_clinics Be sure to call before heading in to ensure that they can accommodate you and your companion.
Also, just in case finances might be a concern and limit your ability to obtain care for your companion at this time, please visit this link where I have comprised nearly 30 links to help with financial aid, financing and fundraising: https://www.dropbox.com/s/o3mxuiqvbt8drjk/JAFinancialAid.docx?dl=0
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