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Guinea Pig Care : Pneumonia & Hair Loss in Pet Guinea Pigs

November 14, 2019

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am here at Extra
Care Animal Hospital in Davey, Florida, today, and on behalf of Expert, I am
going to educate you a little bit about owning a guinea pig. Other common problems that we
see include pneumonia. Guinea pigs generally that we see with pneumonia come from living
in an aquarium with improper bedding and not enough ventilation. Other problems that we
see include bacterial enteritis, or a bacterial infection in the intestines, which is generally
related to improper diet. Another problem that we see commonly is bacterial infection
of the feet. Generally these are from inadequate cleaning of the cage or sometimes from guinea
pigs that live on a wire bottom cage. Finally another problem that we see in guinea pigs
is hair loss, which is secondary to lice or mites. If you feel like your guinea pig has
any of these problems, it is very important that you get him or her into a qualified exotic
mammal veterinarian as soon as possible. If you ever feel like your guinea pig is just
not acting right or skips its favorite treat or anything that raises a concern with you,
it is very important that you get your guinea pig to an exotic mammal veterinarian as soon
as possible. It’s not like a cat or a dog where you could say oh well, he or she skipped
a meal. She’ll probably be fine. With these, guys because they do tend to be a little smaller
and the herbivores do tend to be a little more delicate. It is very important that if
you feel anything is wrong to get them to a vet as soon as possible. It is better to
get them in and have everything be fine. Have it be nothing versus waiting too long and
possibly endangering the life of your pet. If you would like more information about Extra
Care Animal Hospital, you can look up our website at


  • Reply blusheep23 February 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    yea take it 2 thu vetranarian

  • Reply donpablo16 April 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    mine too. they have bald spots behind their ears.

  • Reply AnimalParadise April 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

    my guinea pig had them he died tho ๐Ÿ™ old age i think you need to bath it a give it a good wash ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply misskimberlyk April 10, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Bald spots behind the ears is completely normal. It's a genetic thing. Just check to make sure the skin looks healthy. As for the insects of some sort, get that checked out.

  • Reply coolguy11897 June 11, 2009 at 12:07 am

    yo dude i use aspen n my guinea pigs has lots of loose since that the problem what type of bedding should i use…other than paper?? thanks ur comment helped me so much now ima stop using aspen

  • Reply Ana Mateus January 29, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Hello my guinea pig died 2 months ago. He was very healthy, we kept him under the right living conditions, but he still started showing a litle bump in is torso. When it was about a grape size, the vet refused to operate my guinea pig. After a year my guinea pig health declined and the bump was now extended from his front paw to the end of his belly. It was a hard mass, with a very rapid growth. He had two sons, so i'm wondering, if this happens to one of them what should I do? Tanks

  • Reply TheAura15 May 31, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    about the hair loss, i just got one n when ever i pick it up it leaves hair on me, so like is dat fine, or is it just if its loosing so much hair it statrs to get bald spots?

  • Reply illpwnusumday357 June 19, 2010 at 1:34 am

    my guinea pig theodore has hair loss (around his ear) and he never skips a treat i give him. please someone tell me whats going on with him .

    i just dont want to lose him

  • Reply illpwnusumday357 June 19, 2010 at 1:36 am

    @DISTURBED3017 R.I.P timmy =)

  • Reply juan cristobal October 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    nice tits

  • Reply vlogboy209 December 27, 2010 at 4:13 am

    @smoochy23 O.O

  • Reply antonio rodriguez June 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    did u say lice on mit

  • Reply TheMistyclover July 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    @underxstars my guinea pig had mites check the places they are scratching pet them there if they seem aggitated check under the fur if you see white wrom things its mites ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply JARRODbelieber November 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    My rabbit died from the calsivirus the one were mosquitoes give it and it skipped a meal but we thought she was just being fuzzy and knw my gunny pig has mites it'd Been around it's hole life is that normal ?? We didn't knw what was wrong until I searched hairloss on utube

  • Reply AngiShy February 21, 2012 at 4:44 am

    my mice died some moth ago… i never knew what was wrong with them because i couldnt to take them to the pet doctor… but ive noticed they had mites…and now when i saw the video, it explains even the other problems they had…they had pneumonia…at least i know what was wrong.. ๐Ÿ™ bad is also that i catched it from them… now i have pneumonia as well and need to take antibiotics.. -.-

  • Reply pimpuurish March 13, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    @ionlytradewthisacc I lost my guinea pig 3/11/12 with upper respiratory infection & pneumonia as well. She was REALLY suffering for the entire week; however, she tried to eat on some days & her stool was chocolate cake frosting. So, I know & understand what you've gone through, because I'm going through the exact same thing.

  • Reply dinisohood April 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    i have to know what type/ breed that guinea pig was. he looks almost identical to my guinea pig sherlock holmes, he died 10 days ago. and i've been devastated. ive always wondered what breed he was and i want to hold on to everything i know or remember about him. if anyone knows what kind of guinea pig that was please let me know.

  • Reply hitman4130 June 18, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    My guinea pig died on 6/17/12. I had him for a year. His name was chaka. 4 lbs. Super health. He hgot super sick all the sudden. I think its common. But I kmow how u feel. I never thought id get so attached. But im sorry. The feeling is horribleso

  • Reply Chub Nickerson July 12, 2012 at 2:03 am

    To hitman4130 I know why its cause he was one

  • Reply Chub Nickerson July 12, 2012 at 2:05 am

    I meant obese they should range between one and two pounds but don't feel bad my guinea pigs the Same way

  • Reply EstherAndAubrey Fowl July 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    i have guineas under 1.Few months older then thee other, saying this because when i got them they were just paired together… i left them to get on, nothing unnormal. but i recently checked the baby guinea, older one used to nip her a bit nothing to serious, I've noticed hair loss and scabs on her bum, I've used fungal creams and its clearing a a bit but I've found little scabs on her side? could this be from the older guinea? and i noticed the older one doesn't have anything wrong with her?

  • Reply Leslie Town January 16, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I have had my female piggy for 6 months. She gave birth 2 weeks ago and is now losing the hair that was mostly around the belly where it was stretched. It is kind of dry. She is not really bothered by it and is nursing and eating just fine. Should I be concerned?

  • Reply Noelle January 29, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    my baby guinea pig is 2 weeks old and she lost a small patch of hair on her nose. she's still eating a playing a everything. so idk whats up?

  • Reply Krista D. White August 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

    You may regrow hair naturally in 6 months, without waste big money for surgery & costly treatment

  • Reply craftysparkles January 7, 2015 at 3:06 am

    My guinea pig is 4 or 5 months old,and he has namonia

  • Reply Karen Herbison March 2, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    My gienie pigs fat deposit has a spot with no hair wut should I do

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