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COMMON DISEASES OF GUINEA PIGS, MICE & RATS

 

 Respiratory Infections:

These are common and signs include discharge from the nose and eyes. With more severe infections you may notice wheezing, coughing and open mouthed breathing. Sick animals often stop eating and become lethargic. Bordatella is a bacterium that causes respiratory disease in guinea pigs and can be fatal. In rats and mice, respiratory disease is often caused by a mycoplasma, a type of bacterium. Respiratory disease can be prevented by keeping pet rodents in a clean, dry and warm environment and avoid overcrowding. Respiratory disease is treated with antibiotics provided by your Vet. All pet rodents are sensitive  to certain antibiotics, which can cause stomach upsets and diarrhoea, and some can be fatal.

Anorexia and lethargy:

These are commonly shown signs of illness in rodents. Anorexia (not eating) and lethargy ( lack of energy) confirm that the animal is sick and you need to seek veterinary attention quickly.

Overgrown teeth:

These can occur in all rodents as their teeth grow continuously throughout their lives. If the teeth don’t wear down properly, they can become too long and not meet properly. This can cause your pet to stop eating and you may notice it drooling or having a wet chin. The staff at Mudgee Vet Hospital can trim these on a regular basis for you. Overgrown teeth can be prevented by providing wood blocks for your pet to chew on and supply a healthy diet which your pet has to chew. Do not feed too many pellets in the diet.

Tumors:

Cancer is most often seen in pet rodents as tumors on the body like mammary tumors. In rats and mice glands extend along the back and sides so breast cancer can appear as a lump anywhere on the body. Tumors can be removed surgically under anaesthetic, which is best done while the tumor is small.

Maintaining good hygiene, a proper diet and a stress free environment are important factors in preventing most diseases in pet rodents.

The friendly staff at Mudgee Vet Hospital are always available to advise you on the health of the your pet rodents.

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