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Doctor insights on: Guinea Pig Bloated Stomach

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Sudden guinea pig allergies or is their chow?

Sudden guinea pig allergies or is their chow?

Probably GP: A furred animals can cause allergies. Given the choice between the animal and the chow, the best guess would be the animal. ...Read more

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If I got sick once eating rabbit gnocchi, do I have rabbit or guinea pig allergy?

If I got sick once eating rabbit gnocchi, do I have rabbit or guinea pig allergy?

Possible, unlikely: It is possible to be allergic to such things, but relatively rare. It depends on what you mean by "i got sick"--i would recommend informing your primary care physician, and possibly a referral to an allergist to help determine whether or not you are allergic. ...Read more

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Is there any way that I can get rid of my guinea pig allergies without giving it away?

Is there any way that I can get rid of my guinea pig allergies without giving it away?

Possibly: If it is truly the guinea pig that you are allergic to, you can consider doing allergy injections to decrease your symptoms. I usually don't do this in my practice, since it would be much simpler to consider another pet. Remember that you may also have symptoms with the wood shavings in the cage or other allergens. Talk with an allergist to find out more. ...Read more

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Should I be tested for having guinea pig allergies?

If you ask, then yes: People may be allergic either to their dander (not hair) and/or urine (which is common), or to their bedding itself, or something else. If the history does not make clear which this is, an allergist can do skin testing, and also advise you whether there are ways in which you can keep a beloved companion animal despite an allergy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are rodent allergies the same as guinea pig allergies?

Are rodent allergies the same as guinea pig allergies?

Yes: Guinea pigs are part of the rodent family and they can all produce similar symptoms. ...Read more

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If a young child had a guinea pig who had mycoplasma, could that be passed on to the child?

If a young child had a guinea pig who had mycoplasma, could that be passed on to the child?

Mycoplasma: Mycoplasma is usually spread by droplet infection if your child is playing with an infected guinea pig, and does not wash his hands well after the play, he could develop a mycoplasma infection. Tell him not to bring his hands to his mouth without washing well. ...Read more

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Swollen hand from guinea pig bite. How to treat this?

Swollen hand from guinea pig bite. How to treat this?

Get evaluated now: You treat it by receiving immediate medical attention and starting antibiotics. It is likely the wound is infected. ...Read more