Coughing is usually a sign that our body needs to get rid of something that is blocking our airwaves.
Ever had a coughing fit like when you can’t stop coughing?
Your body is desperately trying to get rid of whatever is blocking or irritating your throat.
It is helpfully described here
A cough, also known as tussis, is a sudden reflex that humans and many animals have. Its purpose is to clear the throat and breathing passage of foreign particles, microbes, irritants, fluids, and mucus – it is a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs. Coughing can be done deliberately or involuntarily. source
Do Guinea pigs cough?
So yes guinea pigs do cough as well and it is for the same reason as us.
However when a guinea pig coughs it’s a sign that all is not well and they have something that needs addressing quickly by a veterinarian.
It’s a sign of a respiratory infection in a cough or cold and if it is left untreated it can kill a guinea pig.
As humans in the developed world, we are fortunate that a cough can easily be treated and medicated.
Guinea pigs and respiratory issues
Back when there wasn’t much knowledge of how to medicate respiratory issues a cough or cold could kill a human as well.
With guinea pigs, there will be other symptoms to look out for such as crusty eyes, runny nose, loss of appetite and breathing that is not regular.
When you go up close to them you may hear wet breath sounds or clicking.
Your guinea pig is more than capable of getting a respiratory infection.
However, they can’t get the cold or flu as they can’t get viral infections.
A good veterinary surgeon will be able to mediate this issue as long as it is dealt with quickly.
As long as it goes on unmedicated it will get worse for the guinea pig and their health will deteriorate.
Guinea pigs are good at not showing they are ill
Guinea pigs are very good at hiding when they are not well.
It may not be noticeable at first when they are sick.
Coupled with their poor immune system will make it more difficult to treat if the symptoms are not recognized as soon as possible by you.
This is why it’s important to keep a close check on your pet on a daily basis and handle them regularly to make sure everything is as it should be.
In no circumstances is advisable to self-medicate a guinea pig.
There are many sites out there which suggest treatments for such a problem.
But this could prove a fatal exercise and it is worth bearing the cost of taking them to a veterinary surgeon in the long run.
Once seen by a veterinary surgeon they should see improvement following a course of their prescribed medication.
Coughing is something that is best addressed immediately and if it isn’t it could be the start of something fatal for a guinea pig.
Fleas are parasites that affect a lot of pets. They can really cause problems in the fur of animals such as cats and dogs. They can even affect humans!
When they get in amongst the fur of the animal, they can cause immense irritation for them and concern for the owner.
Fleas are dark brown tiny parasitic insects that have an ability to jump up to 150 times their own length. This allows them to jump between hosts and the surrounding environment.
So can guinea pigs get fleas?
Yes they can unfortunately. Even guinea pigs are not immune from getting fleas.
How do they catch fleas?
Fleas can be passed from other animals sources, so if an animal brings them into the house and passes them on to the guinea pig.
They can also be passed from objects where they can lie dormant on until they see something they can jump onto to feed from.
Fleas need something to feed from. Their eggs can remain dormant for a very long period of time under a variety of conditions such as in your carpet, furniture or even in your garden until they are able to latch onto something.
How do i know whether my guinea pig has fleas?
You can tell if your piggy has fleas if you see them scratching and they seem quite irritated.
You can look closely at their fur and pick out adult fleas amongst their coat or at the base of the fur on the skin.
There may even be flea dirt which looks quite like small black spots of grit. This is actually digested dried blood!
What problems can fleas cause guinea pigs?
Fleas can cause a number of issues in guinea pigs. They are the top cause of of skin disease in piggies which can cause great problems for them.
They can also cause weeping sores, itchiness, strong smell and scaly skin.
Some animals are even allergic to flea bites which is a condition known as ‘Flea allergy dermititis.’
What can I do to treat my flea-ridden guinea pig?
The best thing to do is to take them to a veterinary surgeon to be examined. They will be able to prescribe a course of action and medication to treat the issue.
How can I ensure that my guinea pig doesn’t get fleas?
The best way to stop a guinea pig getting fleas is to keep their home clean and ensure that other pets in your house aren’t carrying fleas as well.
Make sure to examine their coat on a regular basis to ensure that it is flea free.
Carrying out these steps will help your guinea pig remain flea free and improve their quality of life at the same time.
Like most pets, guinea pigs are susceptible to diseases and afflictions that can cause them discomfort and pain.
This is why it is important that they are monitored to ensure that all is well with them and that their health hasn’t deteriorated.
An affliction that can hamper them are ‘worms.’
What are worms?
Worms are parasites that get into the fur and skin of an animal and can cause suffering, illness and even death. There are some worms that can cause diseases and be spread between people and their pets.
So can guinea pigs get worms?
Yes guinea pigs can get worms. However, it is quite rare for them to do so.
In fact, cases of them getting worms are few and far between. However, its not to say that it can’t happen and hasn’t happened!
If they are kept in inadequate conditions and their health is unchecked and unkempt, then they can be at risk.
This is why it is important to keep monitoring and checking them to ensure all is well.
How do I know my guinea pig has worms?
If they do have worms, then your will see them in their faeces or their vomit or even around their anus. However, not all worms are visible to the naked eye.
You may even be able to seem them around the ear of the guinea pig. Tapeworms for instance will appear as small moving segments that will resemble grains or rice when they dry out.
The symptoms of a guinea pig having worms are as follows;
Their fur becomes dry and course,
They can lose their appetite
They become weaker
Their faeces become more gooey.
They start losing weight..
What can we do to help them?
Check your guinea pig regularly for signs of worms.
Have a worms control programme in place as advised by your veterinary surgeon who will be able to prescribe a course of action to help you and your piggy.
Where can they get further help?
If you see any worms on your guinea pig, then wrap them up and take them to your veterinary surgeon as soon as possible.
There are various treatments that they can prescribe to help your guinea pig. We never recommend medicines on this site, but a professional can advise you.