How can I help my guinea pig with a respiratory infection?

How can I help my guinea pig with a respiratory infection?

bronchisepta infection is often treated with the help of systemic antibiotics. If your guinea pigs is very weak, supportive fluid therapy and supplementation with oral or injectable multivitamins may be required.

What does it mean when your guinea pig breathes heavy?

If you notice that your guinea pigs is breathing heavy or quickly, it is best to take them to a vet as soon as possible. A common clinical sign we see during appointments is increased respiratory rate or effort.

What kind of respiratory problems does a guinea pig have?

Guinea pigs can get respiratory problems like allergies and respiratory infections. Respiratory infections are very common in guinea pigs. They can start as colds in the nose and turn into pneumonia as they travel down to the lungs.

How can I tell if my guinea pig has pneumonia?

Your vet will also take samples (e.g., nasal swab, discharge from the eyes or nose) to identify the specific bacteria causing the respiratory infection. Chest x-rays can also help your vet diagnose your guinea pig’s respiratory problem. Chest x-rays will show whether your guinea pig has pneumonia.

What should I do if my guinea pig is having trouble breathing?

Listen to your guinea pig breathe. If your guinea pig has a respiratory infection, he may have trouble breathing. Sounds of troubled breathing include wheezing and clicking noises. Normal breathing in a guinea pig should be easy and quiet.

Why does my guinea pig sneeze all the time?

Respiratory Infections. Guinea pigs are very sensitive to infections of the upper respiratory tract and lungs. A seemingly minor sniffle or sneezing episode may be an early sign of a much more serious disease. A guinea pig may appear normal one day, have a nasal discharge and sneeze the next day, and develop labored breathing…

What is the respiratory rate of a guinea pig?

A guinea pig’s normal heart rate ranges between 240 to 350 beats per minute. Your pet’s temperature should range between 93 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit , while a normal respiratory rate is between 40 and 150 breaths per minute.

Can I give guinea pig an antibiotic?

UTIs are generally treated with a safe and effective antibiotic like Bactrim (trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole) for two or more weeks. Many guinea pigs require longer treatment to clear up the infection and allow the bladder walls time to heal. Call your vet immediately if bleeding recurs after antibiotics are stopped.

What are symptoms of a guinea pig?

Signs that your guinea pig may be ill include runny nose, sneezing, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, lethargy, loss of appetite, excessive scratching, hair loss, bloated belly, or dull eyes.

Can guinea pigs cause health issues?

The only health issue I can think of from guinea pigs is a potential allergy to the guinea pig itself or the hay or bedding. Hand-washing after handling makes sense for any pet and might need to be something to remind a small child about.