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My guinea pigs breathing sounds stuffy

Posted by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 8:39 PM
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Do they get colds like we do?  His breathing is a little labored.  His chest didnt used to move when he breathed now he jerks a little like a hiccup.   Heather

by on Jan. 27, 2009 at 8:39 PM
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fire_and_ice
by Group Admin on Jan. 28, 2009 at 7:04 AM

Sounds like it could be an upper respiratory infection. Yes they can get colds, so to say. I would for sure bring him in to see your vet to get him on some antibiotics or something to help him breathe better. How old is he?

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hekele05
by on Jan. 28, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Thanks for your reply as my 12 year old son is worried a little.  He is 3 and a half..

fire_and_ice
by Group Admin on Feb. 2, 2009 at 3:39 AM

Unfortuately the life span of a guinea pig is from 4-7 years old. If he is having breathing problems I would take it serious and bring him in. Especially with him nearing his senior years.

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Thanks for your reply as my 12 year old son is worried a little.  He is 3 and a half..


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