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Q. My guinea pig started to have a loose stool yesterday and isn't as bad today but she still has a loss of appetite ect. What can I do to help her?

A. Loose stools and lack of appetite in a guinea pig is not a good sign, there is an infection that needs to be treated fast as they can die very quickly from these conditions.

Take her to the vet in order to receive antibiotics and a special fiber paste which will help stopping the diarrhea.

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DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

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A. Remove all commercial guinea pig food and replace with good quality hay. Clean the drinking water container with hot water and replace the water with fresh water. Clean out and disinfect the cage. And replace the bedding. If feeding hay only does not resolve the diarrhea, then you can try feeding Critical Care special food. Should your cavy get bloated or the diarrhea not resolve, please take her to a veterinarian.

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DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

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