Guinea pig poop
A guinea pigs poop is a good indicator to what their health is like and can be a sign of what they are missing out on or whether they have an illness. This important topic is just something I wanted to cover. Compared to other pets their poop doesn’t actually look disgusting and hardly smells depending on if there are any problems or you haven’t cleaned out the home for a long time.
Providing the right diet will certainly help them to have a healthy digestive system. But as we know, there can be things out of our control and they just happen.
Guinea pigs poo a lot as their digestive system moves along like a conveyor belt. In this article I will be going through different shaped feces and what they mean. Many owners have probably come across most of, if not all of these shapes. Don’t worry you won’t need a degree, if you don’t know, you will soon learn about all of them here.
Normal poop should look like a perfectly formed capsule. It means they are eating the right amount of hay and the digestive system is moving how we would like it to. Males will probably have bigger feces and be a bit banana shaped.
You could call it constipation and can appear to have pointed ends, this indicates that they have not eaten enough hay or there may be other problems. Either the right amount has not been supplied, they have not eaten as much because of warm weather etc and will catch up or maybe slightly bloated from eating too many gassy or high in phosphorus vegetables like broccoli and parsnip. Also, a diet high in calcium can cause smaller feces, which if continues on for too long, can turn into painful kidney stones that have to be removed in an operation.
Males will suffer with this a lot more than females and you will need to get the renal sac cleaned as there are blockages. This process you may research to do yourself or to go to the vets. The appearance will be small feces all stuck together.
Eaten too many watery vegetables and can be a bit more smelly than the others. If this carries on over a day, then it has started onto diarrhea, you will have to go to the vets for them to investigate and they will provide you with medication to treat. Hopefully it might not come to them going to the vets, as it may be a temporary situation and soon go back to normal.
Will tell you that the guinea pig is dehydrated and as its name suggests will be shaped like a teardrop, with one curved point at the end and are obviously small. They need to drink more water and eat a bit more hay.
Squashed and sticky
May have eaten too much grass, limit the time outside or grass given for a 24 hour period. Too many watery veg can also cause this shape.
Take to a vet immediately, it indicates that there is a serious problem going on, which needs immediate investigation. Also don’t confuse slightly pinkish, reddish feces, as you have probably given them beetroot, which may come out in the feces and urine.
This will most likely be a parasitic infection, if it continues over a longer period. The feces will be small or varied shapes and be linked together by a stringy gooey substance, two or three maybe a bit more, at a time. Treat with medication from the vets. This can happen if their home is not being cleaned out enough and have started getting nasty bugs.
If there are none present after a period of 24 hours, this is saying that the digestive system is in a statutory status. Where they are producing no feces, take to the vet as soon as possible, it might show up that they have an infection. This is life threatening, but don’t worry the vets will help you.
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