The guinea pigs belong to my three year old (officially - they are all of ours of course) and he's already lost a beloved dog in his short life so we are really desperate not to lose our little girls as well.
What can we do to ensure they do not get bordatella? I have prevented the dogs from going near the cage and I have not taken the guinea pigs out to run in Bens room since the bordatella was diagnosed.
What else can I do? For how long do they need to be isolated?
Thanks in advance for any help. we are very worried.
It is VERY unlikely (according to BOTH vets) that the kennel cough is infectious from dog to GP. Its possible but unlikely. It is wise to move the piggies where they can't be barked at or coughed on by the dogs just in case, but again, both vets stressed that cross species contamination from dog to GP would be a very uncommon event.
And while handwashing is generally a good practice before and after handling animals, its apparently touch is not a very good transport for airborne diseases -so "taking a shower" (as suggested by a poster in one of the above links) before interacting with the piggies is ridiculous.
So, for anyone looking for information about kennel cough - please dont' allow the prior posts on this to get you hysterical that your guinea pigs are all going to die because your dog got bordatella. Our guinea pigs, who were likely exposed for a couple of days before I realized what was wrong with the dog, ARE FINE.
Even if it is "very difficult" to transmit, it's such a virulent, fast moving disease in guinea pigs, and they are so much more susceptible to respiratory issues that I wouldn't just shrug off any advice given to try and keep them separate.
Ounce of prevention, pound of cure, and all that.
- Let Sleeping Pigs Lie
It is wonderful that your guinea pigs are doing well.
There have been members here that have experienced the devastating experience of losing one or more of their beloved guinea pigs from bordetella.
As others have mentioned, it is always wise to take every precaution that you can when dealing with any potentially deadly disease.
- You can quote me
Many of our members have rabbits, cats, chinchillas, rats and many other animals in addition to guinea pigs. Imagine the cross-contamination issues prevalent in distributors and brokers that ship mill-bred animals to pet stores.
Bordetella is too dangerous and fast-moving a disease to take chances with when dealing with small prey herbivores that hide illnesses. I'd rather be paranoid and take ridiculous, hysterical precautions than have a handful of dead guinea pigs in 36 hours or less.