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Most Common Disorders of Guinea Pigs

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  • Vitamin C deficiency signs, such as bone and tooth abnormalities, abnormal bruises or hemorrhages
  • Overgrown teeth/malocclusion
  • Diarrhea/enteritis
  • Anorexia/weight loss
  • Pneumonia
  • Pododermatitis (foot infections)
  • Abortion/pregnancy toxemia/dystocia
  • Pregnancy-associated hair loss
  • Dermatophytosis ("ringworm'')/mange dermatitis
  • Arthritis/septicemia
  • Bite wounds (if group housed)

Many common disease conditions in guinea pigs are the result of malnutrition. Visiting your exotic animal veterinarian for routine health checks will help prevent many diseases and support you in having a long, satisfying relationship with your guinea pig. For help in finding a small mammal veterinarian in your area, contact the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.

 

Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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