he died at the age of 8 months, and througout his entire life he had one peculiar thing that worried me. He always breathed funny. now he didnt have a URI, i took him to a cavy savvy vet and we got medicine for him just in case, which he took. the thing is, when he breathed, he rocked back and forth like he was breathing too hard. when i tried to listen to it, it was all smooth.
what do you guys think? Ive been scrambling my brain for the past couple of months so that i could figure out what took him. my mom seems to think it was some sort of funky birth defect, but i dont know.
To monitor the health of your other pigs, weight them every week on a digital scale and record their weights. Sometimes the only way to catch a serious illness or condition is to note a weight loss.
i learned from this experience and got Rome, Smores, and Targarian (my three remaining musketeers) from breeders or a rescue. i know the importance of good quality hay and i give them hay every day. thier feeders are always topped off with hay.
thanks guys. When little man was alive he was an amazing pig. i just was trying to figure out why i lost him when i did. it was also very sudden which is kind of sad. at least he passed in his sleep (i found him in his favorite sleeping position and spot)
- I dissent.
You did mention that you have been getting your guinea pigs from rescues and breeders. I don't know what rescue is near you in Kentucky, but you might consider Rescued Guinea Pigs in Sellersburg, IN for any future adoptions. Pet stores and breeders (99.9% of which have no clue when it comes to genetics OR the welfare of the animals in their care) just perpetuate the problem.