Guinea Pig Quarantine

Guinea Pig Quarantine

Guinea Pig Quarantine is something none of us want to do when bringing new guinea pigs home to meet our growing families, However Quarantining New Arrivals can prevent the spread of infectious Diseases and Parasites.

The safest way to introduce New Arrivals to a pet you already have is to first Quarantine any New Guinea Pig for around 2-3 weeks behind closed doors.

Where possible implement the following protocol :-

  • Handle resident Guinea Pig 1st before Handling the New Comer.
  • Wash Hands & Arms in between handling each Guinea Pig
  • If possible try and change t-shirts/top clothing in between handling

Using PPE

Another good way to ensure quarantine is to wear Personal Protective Equipment like Gloves, Aprons and ensuring area’s are cleaned well with a strong disinfectant before putting a guinea pig in the same area.

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Whilst the information provided above is the wisest course of action, sometimes one chooses to Risk Breaking Quarantine. If this is the case please take note of the following problems which you could be faced with Breaking Quarantine.

Mites & Lice

If either the New Comer or Resident Guinea Pig has an infestation of Mites or Lice they can and will infect each other just by cuddling up to each other. This can be quite a costly problem to get rid of.

Protozoa

Protozoa is an infection of the Intestines of the infected animal. Protozoa release there eggs in the faeces of the infected animal and because Guinea Pigs are coprophagic (meaning eat there own faeces) the chances of infecting a non infected animal is increased by 95%. This can become a nasty cycle to break.

Symptoms Of Infection

  • Weight Loss (Caused by the protozoa attaching it’s self to the intestine wall and absorbing the nutrients from the food, preventing the infected animal getting the required nutrients).
  • Loss Of Appetite
  • Diarrhoea

For more information on Protozoa please see our Protozoa page.

URI (Upper Respiratory Infection)

Like Humans, Guinea Pigs can suffer from Upper Respiratory Infections which can prove fatal if left untreated.

Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Crackly Breathing
  • Weight Loss
  • Loss Of Appetite (Leading to Anorexia)
  • Lethargy (Not Active)

Prompt treatment from a Veterinarian would be needed within days of infection to give the infected Guinea Pig a fighting chance of survival. This is due to the fact that with Humans they would get Mucus on the lungs however for a Guinea Pig it is in fact fluid that fills the lungs.

If your Guinea Pig is diagnosed as having a URI then ask your Vet for 2 day treatment of Diuretic which will help keep the fluid from the lungs until the Antibiotics kicks in and starts fighting the infection.

UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)

A UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) in its self is very uncomfortable for a Guinea Pig and can cause other problems if not picked up and treated.

Symptoms

  • Squeaking while Urinating
  • Raising Back in air when going to the toilet.
  • Loss Of Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Blood In Urine

This would also need Antibiotic Treatment obtained from a Trained Veterinarian.

The above conditions are just a few of the many problems they can suffer from if Quarantine is broken.