What Causes My Guinea Pig to Have Diarrhea?

Diarrhea can be caused by diet, or it can be a symptom of an illness. Mild diarrhea is usually a soft, light-colored, smeary stool caused by a sudden change in diet, consumption of spoiled food, or water that is too cold or stale. Living in drafty or damp conditions can also be a factor. Eliminating these factors, and taking precautionary measures will usually resolve the diarrhea within 24 to 48 hours. Eliminate greens and feed only hay and dry bread. Make sure your guinea pig is drinking so he doesnÂ’t become dehydrated. You can try offering chamomile tea and some boiled, unsalted rice. If your guinea pig is sick for more than two days, consult your veterinarian.

More severe diarrhea is fluid or soft and sour smelling in guinea pigs, and is often accompanied by a failure to eat with resulting weight loss and weakness. This is usually a sign of a severe problem brought on by condition such as Dysbacteria, spoiled food, intestinal coccidiosis, or inflamation of the bowels. It is best to see your veterinarian for diagnosis immediately, especially if your guinea pig is young (between five and eight weeks old).