Common diseases of guinea pigs (Proceedings)
Heat Stroke Common
Signs: listlessness, raising of head, shallow rapid breathing
Tx: cool immediately by wrapping in a towel soaked in cool water or spray with cool water. ± cool pedialyte® offered orally; SQ, IO, IP or IV fluids may also be necessaryRespiratory Infections
Very susceptible to upper resp. infections
Most common in neonates
Normal/Behavioral Dermatologic Conditions
Normal alopecia behind ear and on medial aspect of front inner legs
Sebaceous glands are abundant along the dorsal surface of the guinea pig and around the anal opening. These sebaceous glands are testosterone dependent and the sebaceous secretions can be excessive in the adult male. May see clumping of hair and can lead to dermatitis in this region.
Alopecia in females can be caused by a Telogen deflexion freq. seen last trimester of pregnancy or during lactation. The alopecia is most prominent on lumbosacral area and flanks. Thinning of haircoat is also common at weaning and spontaneously resolves.