Respiratory infections, particularly pneumonia, is a major cause of death among guinea pigs, as well as extreme diarrhea, bacterial infections, bladder obstructions and overheating. Guinea pigs also succumb to accidental poisoning from eating grass or plants treated with insecticide.Know More
Guinea pigs are very cute, but are delicate creatures that need to be monitored closely for signs of serious health problems. Outside of natural causes, pneumonia and similar respiratory illnesses account for many deaths in these animals. Guinea pigs are natural carriers of strains of respiratory bacteria that quickly develops into pneumonia. Their lives may be saved with antibiotics and other emergency medical treatment.
According to the Veterinary Information Network, guinea pigs do not process vitamin C naturally and must obtain this vital mineral through the food they eat. Lack of vitamin C causes them to develop a condition called scurvy, which makes them more vulnerable to illness and disease. Adding a vitamin C supplement to their diet resolves this problem.
The VCA Animal Hospital states that bloody urine indicates possible bladder stones, which makes urination difficult. Diarrhea in guinea pigs is very serious and causes the animal to dehydrate rapidly. Guinea pigs placed in temperatures over 85 degrees with high humidity are at great risk of dying from heat stroke. A veterinarian experienced in treating guinea pigs can provide emergency help for these serious conditions.Learn more about Pets
The annual cost of food for a guinea pig runs at least $175, as of April 2015; the cost can be higher for guinea pigs that eat more. Pellet bags cost about $15, and guinea pigs consume two to three a year. They also eat hay, about $12 a month.Full Answer >
Red ripe tomatoes are considered a safe food for guinea pigs, but only the ripe fruit should be fed to guinea pigs. Green tomatoes, tomato leaves and stems contain toxic compounds that can make guinea pigs ill.Full Answer >
Mange mites in guinea pigs are eliminated with a medication called ivermectin. It is important for mange to be treated as quickly as possible, as it is potentially life threatening if left untreated. The condition is particularly dangerous for pregnant female guinea pigs.Full Answer >
Skinny guinea pigs come from a breed that is mostly hairless. Skinny guinea pigs usually have sparse hair on their faces, legs and feet, but most of their body lacks the fur that covers other members of their species. The related Baldwin breed is completely hairless.Full Answer >