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Guinea pig weight loss

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itsbetterthanabox Sat 04-Nov-17 14:35:56

One of my boy guinea pigs has lost around 100g over the period of a month.
Should we take him to the vets?
These are the dates and weights over the month:
7/10 1325
8/10 1338
9/10 1287
10/10 1320
15/10 1266
27/10 1256
4/11 1220

Do you think this needs a vet visit? He's eating and drinking fine we think and pooping.
He sadly lost his brother around a month ago and we have a new baby boy friend for him who he gets on well with.


70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 04-Nov-17 15:45:08

100g is a fair bit but at 1325 he was quite a big boy to begin with (2lb 14oz in real money)

Is he a big breed like a Rex or Teddy ?

Can you tell which droppings are his (might be a bit bigger than the baby pig or he might have his own pooh area?)

Its worth getting their teeth checked if you notice he's not eating properly ( dropping food, dribbling , refusing some foods) back teeth are hard to check .

If you put food into seperate piles and make sure he can get his fare share its most likely just having a newer energetic cagemate after a period of grief which has turned his life around .
Hopefully he'll stabilise , it might be he could afford to lose some bodyweight and he's getting to his true weight?

itsbetterthanabox Sat 04-Nov-17 16:14:26

Ok great thank you
He's not been refusing anything or dribbling. Is that big?
I'm not sure of his breed actually. He was a rescue. I'll post a pic.
He's probably moving a bit more with the little one. I'm pretty sure he is pooing- his poos are bigger!

itsbetterthanabox Sat 04-Nov-17 16:15:39

I'll seperate their food that's a good idea.

Finola1step Sat 04-Nov-17 16:21:29

Good advice from Target.

I would continue to monitor him closely. How is he with the vets, travelling etc? If he gets nervous, then an unnecessary trip to the vets may do more harm than good.

He is a very handsome boy and similar weight to my Alfie who could do with dropping a few grams!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 04-Nov-17 18:18:07

He's a lovely chap, his front half looks Swiss (soft halo of standy up fur) bum half looks longer maybe he's part Swiss/part Peruvian?

I have noticed though when there's 2/2+ pigs they attack their food quicker, the sows have nothing left in the foodbowl , the boar often leaves a bit. It was difficult to scale down his food, he was part of a trio before , then two, now him.
He can wander off, the food is still there. GP7 will leave a bit of sweetcorn, come back, GP8 has troughed it grin

EastMidsGPs Sun 05-Nov-17 08:46:00

Our Sadie recently lost weight and condition, her fur felt really harsh as if it needed conditioner, when her friend died.

She's perked up now and has put the weight (and more) back on.

We did mite treat her just as a precaution,

I'd monitor him, if continues well then it is a visit to the vets. Is he eating as quickly as normally?
What does he feel like when you hold him?

Odd q I know, but is he still solid or can you feel his bones - sort of has he lost his layer of fat?

TimeIhadaNameChange Mon 06-Nov-17 10:23:33

I took mine in on Saturday for the same reason. I don't usually weight them, but had started when I got the babies a couple of months ago, just for interest, and had been including Hazel along with them. I'm pretty sure the last time I'd weighed her (for mite drops, about a year ago) she was about 1400g. At the beginning of Sept she was 1330g, but on the 23 Oct weighed in at 1131g. Despite having been concerned she had been on the too-plump side I was concerned about this drop of at least 15%.

So, in we went and her teeth were fine (he was surprised she had some food in her mouth, I wasn't, you never know when you might need a stash!) and she seems in fine condition. He did, however, find a lump in her belly which is concerning, but we have no way of knowing what it is unless she goes under, which, of course, is no laughing matter for pigs. The advice was to keep an eye on her and take her back if she loses any more.

Of course, when I double-checked this morning it turns out she has put weight on in the last two weeks (13%) so whilst she is still under what she was two months ago it's less than a 5% reduction. So fingers crossed.

(She would say that of COURSE she's lost weight, as her exercise regime has changed dramatically. It's VERY TIRING watching the babies run around all day, dontcha know!)

EastMidsGPs Mon 06-Nov-17 12:36:00

Poor Hazel. Sadie sympathises as baby Ness is running rings around her.

I asked about how the piggie felt as when Sadie lost weight she didn't feel any lighter and you couldn't feel her bones through her fat. So wasn't too worried and put it down to stress of losing Moll - although she lost a lot of hair (people on here suggested it was the baby and I think they were correct)
Sadie also has a lump - on her side - so we are watching and waiting.

On the other hand Mollie went from a rather fat, rotound pig, into one that felt lighter and who lost her fat, so sort of her muscle tone went. You could feel her shoulder and hips and ribs and her face lost its fatness. Thus happened over about a month, although she was still eating well.
She died in her sleep of old age.

TimeIhadaNameChange Mon 06-Nov-17 15:06:48

Hazel suggests more food for Sadie - she'll need the extra food to fuel all the extra head-turning she has to do now!

Yep, we've had the barbering also. Hazel has gone from being a long-haired guinea to very much short-haired. There is one patch where the fur seems thin, but it's not red or bloody. I think the babies think she should be the same as her! Joking aside, I honestly wouldn't say she's being bullied by them, if anything it's the other way around (she moves as far as she needs to to get food and no further, if the babies can't get round her it's not her problem!). I mentioned it to the vet and he said he'll see what the latest thoughts are re bonding or dominance.

Hazel is still on the portly side. The vet was worried her behind was rather 'shapely' but I assured him that it always was. Feminine curves. I suspect that, like Sadie, her weight loss was due to her losing her sister, and then being invaded by the wee ones. She has to share her food once again and she's not very keen on the idea.

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