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Dehydration

Diarrhoea (Runny Poop) can kill a guinea pig within a short amount of time. They lose such an amount of fluid that dehydration becomes critical. Usually if a guinea pig has diarrhoea then something is very wrong and veterinary assistance is needed to confirm the exact cause.

If you have been weighing your guinea pig regularly this gives you a good base line to now monitor your guinea pigs weight closely. Whenever your piggie is ill, you will need to closely keep an eye on weight.

As guinea pigs with diarrhoea lose a lot of fluid they can become dehydrated very quickly.

Signs of dehydration are:

  • The appearance of the ears (tilted down and floppy)
  • Eyes appearing sunken and smaller
  • Limp and lethargic piggie not wanting to move