Q. Female guinea pig won't eat and is lethargic. Tried a bath and hand feeding. She is only 2 and a half years old. HELP ASAP

A. I would strongly recommend to take her to you veterinarian as soon as possible as lethargy and inappetence are very dangerous signs in Guinea Pigs. The list of possible causes unfortunately is very long (Gastrointestinal problems -such as obtructions, gastroenteritis and others- Dental problems, respiratory or urinary infections, abdominal/thoracic tumors and many others) and the signs you noticed are not specific to any disease in particular. The lethargy may be secondary to the inappetence and it is important to treat her immediately before her condition deteriorates.

Hand/syringe feeding could be helpful but the underlying problem has to be promptly recognized.


Dr. Orioles

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