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I got a wee baby guinea pig from the pet store, and I was told he had… 
18th-Apr-2008 04:34 pm
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I got a wee baby guinea pig from the pet store, and I was told he had deformities. (One of the reasons I got him, imagine if a little kid took him home!?)

But apparently he has a curved spine (I can feel that much) and his hips are fused so he kind of 'hops' although I see him use his feet a bit, wouldn't it hurt him? The lady told me he was in no pain...

Also, he drools... a lot. (That's why I've named him "Bib," plus it's a weird name, and I like weird names.) I've never known a guinea pig to do that, I know it's a bad sign for a rabbit (generally teeth problems.)

I'm going to get a vet at my work to take a look at him if I can this Sunday. I'll also find out how old he needs to be to get him neutered at the same time... cos I've never had a guinea pig neutered, but I know you can do it. I've only ever had females, so this is new to me! :-)

I've taken a video of him walking, but it was on a couch chair so it's a bit slanted anyway, he doesn't appear to be in any pain. But I just think the sound of 'fused hips' sounds awfully painful to me.. so I don't know...

Has anyone had any experience with a guinea pig with fused hips?



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Comments 
18th-Apr-2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
If you got him from the pet store with this problem, it's not your fault. It's sadly common as most don't feed veggies, just low-quality pellets with unstabilized vitamin C.

http://www.guinealynx.info/scurvy.html

What are the signs of a deficiency?
Lethargy, weakness, unwillingness to move
Hopping instead of walking, enlarged or stiff limb joints
Not eating, loss of weight
Diarrhea
Eye and nose discharge
Rough coat
Tenderness to touch (may cry out in pain if restrained), poor flesh condition
Internal skeletal-muscular hemorrhage

Vitamin C deficiency can be secondary to other medical problems. For example, a guinea pig with malocclusion that is not eating and losing weight, may not be getting adequate vitamin C.
It is wise to routinely provide extra vitamin C to an ill guinea pig.

The malocclusion part particularly rings a bell with me since he's drooling. He could have scurvy because he can't eat very well.
18th-Apr-2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Oh wow the hopping and stiff joints could definitely be from Scurvy, that would be good -- as it's cureable! Hopefully... it doesn't actually say if the symptoms will go away or not.

And yes, with the drooling I've wondered since she first told me if it was actually his teeth/mouth. When they told me he was 'deformed,' and had a habit of 'drooling,' I was like hmm.. teeth.. must be his teeth.

But I didn't say anything, cos if something goes wrong in the first week they have to pay... and they said he stopped eating, and I do notice they give vegies (though how much, and how good it is I don't know...) so it's a possibility it is an underlying problem that caused him to get scurvy.
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