What does severe diarrhea look like?

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Post   » Sun Feb 10, 2002 1:30 pm

My guinea pig has diarrhea. I´m not sure if it´s because of fresh fruits or vegatables or something serious. Can some one help me by telling me what severe diarrhea looks like so I can determine if she needs a vet or not.

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Post   » Sun Feb 10, 2002 1:54 pm

Serious diarrhea is loose and runny. And it smells bad. If it smells bad (even if it isn´t the most runny), there could be harmful bacteria in the intestinal system that would need antibiotics. It should not happen for very long (more than a day) even if it smells bad.

If you suspect food is the problem, sometimes withholding vegetables can help.


Post   » Sun Feb 10, 2002 7:49 pm

If you are inexperienced with diarrhea, I think you should get your pig to a vet. If the diarrhea is the result of enteritis, your pig could die without the appropriate antibiotic.

Diarrhea is extremely dehydrating and if it´s severe the pig will require a hydration subcue treatment.

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