Health warning signs to look out for…
To ensure your guinea pig is in the best of health weigh him once a
month and keep a note of his weight.Weight loss can be the first
sign of illness.
Watch out for a continually wet chin, chronic wasting and small or no
Make sure that you have twice yearly veterinary check- ups that
include a dental check.
Guinea pigs have open rooted back teeth – they grow continually and so
need to be worn down.
If the upper back teeth aren’t worn down
adequately, they grow up into the skull. The root can puncture the
sinuses, causing respiratory problems or it can grow towards the
eyeball, causing eye infections. The lower molars also grow downwards
through the jawbone and painful abscesses can form.
Both sets of molars will also continue growing into the mouth and it
can get to the stage where your guinea pig is unable to shut his
mouth. He will not be able to eat or swallow properly.A sign to
look for in a guinea pig with this problem is a continually wet chin.
This is caused by excessive saliva.
Other symptoms to watch out for are dramatic weight loss due to not
being able to eat properly, chronic wasting and small or no faeces.
If the guinea pig is grinding his teeth, this could be a sign that he
is in a great deal of pain. An X-ray of the skull is usually the only
way to determine if he is suffering from this and sadly the long term
prognosis is often not good.