I was unable to check on him throughout the day because I was at work (I try to interact with them frequently especially him since he was only a few months old and was just getting used to people), but this morning he was sweet as could be ran up to the end of the cage squeaking for food, and allowing me to pet him and even hold him. His belly was not hard, and he had access to fresh hay and water as they always do.
When I found him tonight he had just passed (still warm), but was covered in green vomit on his face and had some soft poops stuck in his fur. It was not caked around his butt he’s just a long hair so since it was soft it got stuck in his hair. His poops haven’t been soft since I adopted him as he was originally being fed an improper diet.
Would there be any reason for him to have passed suddenly with vomit since that is abnormal? Also should I be concerned for my other piggies? I had one older male with him and nearby I have a cage with three females, they don’t have contact with each other but if he had some sort of virus they all have contact with me and my clothes when I hold them.
- Supporter in 2020
I would keep an eye on your other guinea pigs, and hopefully everyone else will remain healthy. Again, my condolences.
They’re currently eating a mix of Oxbow and Sherwood pellets, along with fresh mixed greens, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and occasionally a treat like parsley or carrots. I don’t think it was their diet.
I did however just find a white fungus on my other male. He was just treated with a epsom salt soak on his belly where it was at and I’m cleaning his cage. There is scabbing under the fungus. I trimmed his hair back around the area to keep an eye on it since he is a Peruvian. I didn’t see this fungus on the passed piggie, however, he was a white piggie with lots of fur so it is possible that it was hidden if he had a small area of it, but again I doubt it since I gave him a full inspection after he passed.
My cages are cleaned very often. Poops are cleaned off of fleece nightly, fleece replaced every three to four days, and there feeding area has paper bedding that is cleaned weekly. This is done more is an area is especially soiled.
I’m wearing gloves when handing him because I don’t know if this is contagious to me or my other animals (I have the piggies, fish, frogs, a crab, and two cats). I don’t want anyone else sick. He’s not showing any signs of being sick except for the obvious wound and fungus. The other guinea pigs were fully inspected (with gloves changed between each piggie) and I found nothing on my girls so hopefully the fungus is isolating to just the little dude
Was what you describe as green vomit perhaps instead the smelly green cecal feces that a guinea pig reingests? If particularly soft, I imagine there could be the remote chance of asphyxiation (went down wrong or inhaled) - though we have not encountered a situation like you describe.
Sometimes a necropsy can give insight into what may have caused the death.
For your other guinea pig, you might want to read over this page:
As for the green stuff out of his mouth it was green and smelly, however, it wasn’t solid. It was mainly running down the corners of his mouth, it did look like it had pieces of hay in it so maybe it was some mixed with some hay that he chewed on that he spat out when he passed?
And unfortunately I did want to have him sitting out in a fever overnight, he was a very sweet baby, so I already buried him and I don’t think I can bring myself to dig him back up to take in for a necropsy. I also live in Georgia where it is very hot so I imagine he’s already starting decay as well