why does my guinea pig sneeze a lot

Guinea pigs can sometimes expel air from their nose and sneeze as we do. This will sound very high-pitched, but is unmistakably a sneeze. ItБs not usually something to be concerned about, as itБs usually the result of dust - many guinea pigs will sneeze when they receive hay (but try to get the least dusty hay possible to try to prevent respiratory tract infections). If your guinea pig is sneezing a lot, then it may be cause for concern, as it could be indicative of an infection or an allergy.


If your guinea pig is sneezing, and has any of the following symptoms then they could have an upper respiratory infection, in which case theyБll need to see a vet as soon as possible:
If your pet doesnБt have any of these symptoms then the cause of the excessive sneezing could be an allergy to something in their home, but itБs wise to get them checked by a vet to be sure that they donБt have an upper respiratory tract infection, as these can be fatal.


Try progressively replacing these things over a few weeks to see if one of these is the culprit. In the comments section of, Elise asked about a pet guinea pig that seems to be sneezing a lot. Without any other information to go by, it s difficult to know if her pig s sneezing is worrisome or not. At its worst, sneezing could be indicative of an upper respiratory infection (URI) if it s accompanied by any of the symptoms listed on. At its simplest, a pig s sneezing could be due to dusty bedding, which happens frequently with pine bedding and sometimes with aspen or wood pulp products (like Kaytee Total Comfort).


Slightly more complex, but still solvable with some diligent observation and detective work, is the possibility that a pig s sneezing is due to an allergy or sensitivity to any of the following: laundry detergent and/or fabric softener being used for washing cozy cups, cozy sacks, fabric tunnels/tents/hideaways, towels or blankets used in the play area, towels or blankets used to cover the cage at night perfumes, colognes, after-shave products, and other scented body care products If your pig isn t showing any other signs of a URI (and continues not to), and the bedding you use isn t dusty, you will want to start working through the above list of allergens.


It will be an ongoing process of elimination for a few weeks, but if allergies/sensitivities are the culprit, your hard work will pay off.

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