Can guinea pigs get stuffy noses?

Asked by: Andry Naumann

asked in category: General Last Updated: 18th April, 2020

Can guinea pigs get stuffy noses?

Guinea pigs are obligate nasal breathers, meaning that they cannot breathe effectively through the mouth. If the nasal passages become blocked with mucus and pus, or severely swollen, they cannot breathe. This can become life threatening.

Moreover, can guinea pigs get a cold?

Guinea pigs are sensitive to cold air drafts and can easily develop an upper respiratory infection—or worse, pneumonia. They can even get Bordetella bronchiseptica from your dog, cat, or pet rabbit.

Beside above, how do I know if my guinea pig has pneumonia? Loss of appetite and weight loss. Respiratory distress (dyspnea) Crackling sound when breathing due to congestion (rales) Nasal discharge.

Just so, why is my guinea pig’s nose crusty?

The primary sign of ringworm infection is bald patches, usually starting at the head. Irritation and itching may also be seen in infected guinea pigs. The bald patches will generally have crusty, flaky, red patches within them; when these patches appear on the face, it is usually around the eyes, nose, and ears.

How do guinea pigs get respiratory infections?

Respiratory infections are quite common in guinea pigs, and often they are a result of a bacterial infection. It is most commonly transmitted from one guinea pig to another when droplets are sprayed into the air by sneezing or coughing. There is also a genital form of B.

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