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Do Guinea Pigs cough or sneeze?

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RubyRioja Mon 20-Oct-08 20:50:18

Ours have come inside for the winter and I occasionally hear one of them (not sure which) make a strange explosive squeak.

Not noticed it before. Do your pigs cough or sneeze.
I hope she is not ill.

onthepier Mon 20-Oct-08 21:56:13

Yes, ours do occasionally + they are indoor guinea pigs, so I don't think it's the weather that does it, it's more likely to be hay coming into close contact with the nose + mouth.

cheerycherry Mon 20-Oct-08 22:02:21

Keep an eye on them, it prob is hay but they must have daily vitamin C doses as they cannot store it. I have been warned they can catch human colds...maybe someone can verify this?
We love our pigs! Will be bringing them in soon.

RubyRioja Mon 20-Oct-08 22:03:56

Have just read they can catch some illnesses cross species. They do have fresh veggies and prepared food, so hope they are OK re vit c.

thanks

SubRosa Mon 20-Oct-08 23:39:46

If you're worried, add some Vit. C to their water. I managed to pass a cold onto one of my lovely (now sadly departed) pigs so they can definitely catch things from us.

PurplePumpkinWitchyOne Tue 21-Oct-08 00:31:29

Ours have the daily vit c in the water but they still sneeze!
I find it's the combination of hay and wood shaving bedding.

Ours are indoor pigs too. They only go outside in the summer.
They sneeze!

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