Why is my guinea pig limp and not moving?

Some of the common problems include malnutrition, dental problems, gastrointestinal problems, etc. In most cases, if your guinea pigs are not eating their regular diet, they can become weak and might not be able to move or play around as usual.

Why would a guinea pig limp?

Your guinea pig may limp or move about less and might even stop eating. Pododermatitis, sometimes called bumblefoot, happens for many reasons and sometimes more than one. A wire-bottomed cage or hard floor surface might cause it. As can a lack of vitamin C.

What causes weak bones in guinea pigs?

… Guinea pigs suffer from a number of bone disorders including metabolic bone disease -conditions that develop following prolonged calcium or vitamin D deficiency, or an improper ratio of calcium to phosphorus in the diet (Terril & Clemons, 1997).

What should I do if my guinea pig is limping?

If your pet is having a hard time walking or an obvious leg injury, it should be taken to your exotics vet as soon as possible. If your guinea pig is not eating then this should be treated as an emergency situation to prevent ileus from developing as a secondary result of the pain from the leg injury.

What does it mean when a guinea pig limps?

Limping of your guinea pig shows you the symptoms of your guinea pig having a fracture. They usually limp when they are not able to carry their weight. In such a case, first look at your guinea pigs hock. Hock is the part of a hind leg that rests on the ground.

Why does my guinea pig not move his back legs?

We took him to our regular vet who, unfortunately, didn’t specialize in exotics, and all she could say is that it might have been a stroke or spinal injury, and it might get better or might not (not real helpful). Fortunately, our guinea pig slowly improved over the next 10 days to where he could again use his back legs.

What should I do if my guinea pig lost his legs?

Your vet might recommend fluids to prevent dehydration. In many cases, they will start to stabilize in a few hours. Your guinea pig may regain use of his legs slowly over the next few days to weeks. Sometimes they are left with a slight head tilt, but go on to live otherwise normal lives.

Is there something wrong with my guinea pig?

Some conditions in guinea pigs still haven’t been well-researched. Hind leg paralysis is one of these conditions. Even experienced exotic vets are often stumped. Extensive, expensive testing often reveals nothing wrong with the guinea pig, and they are otherwise happy, going about their normal tasks. Eating. Pooping.

Why does my guinea pig walk with a limp?

If we do not supplement vitamin C enough we can have painful joint erosions and bleeding and they may not walk normally. Trauma is another possibility for sudden lameness. Look for any signs of a puncture wound, swelling, or redness and try to determine if the affected leg is bent or angled differently then the leg on the opposing side.

Where does a guinea pig get its legs from?

Their thigh muscles contain much power to help guinea pig accelerate their speed. Guinea pig uses its feet to walk. They have 3 toes in their hind feet. Legs are situated beneath the thigh and up above the foot. The bones within them are brittle.

What happens if a Guinea Pig loses its back legs?

A guinea pig that is not able to use their hind legs needs regular support. The loss of back legs will have a disastrous impact on your guinea pig. It can also affect their health. In this guide we will go through various potential explanations for loss of mobility in your guinea pigs.

Can a guinea pig get leg paralysis from calcium?

That being said, calcium-related hind leg paralysis in guinea pigs isn’t always related to diet. Pregnant and nursing sows are most at risk, but any guinea pig can be affected. Healthy piggies fed an ideal diet experience this phenomenon, too.