Guinea Pig Weight Loss


Unless you weigh your guinea pigs fairly regularly then it can be really difficult to check for changes in weight. Weight loss or gain can be an indication of a health problem, and it can be one of only a few symptoms. The weights of your guinea pigs will change a little throughout the year, but dramatic weight loss can merit a trip to the vet. Weights vary a lot because there are big physiological differences between individuals and breeds. For example, Rex guinea pigs will often be a little larger than some of their friends.


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Weights go up and down a little throughout the day

Once you’ve established your guinea pigs’ base weights, then guidelines are as follows:


If your guinea pig weighs less than about forty or fifty grams less than the last weigh in, this can just be part of normal fluctuations.


If your guinea pig weighs more than fifty grams less than the last weigh in, then weigh them each day and give them some more dry food just in case.


If your guinea pig weighs around one hundred grams less than the last weigh in, then this is very serious, and implies there is something seriously wrong. If this has been happening over a long period, then it’s still cause for concern, and your pet will need to see a vet immediately.


Foods For Weight Gain

If your guinea pig hasn’t been well and needs a bit of TLC, then we recommend giving them a little more dry food than usual, a little more hay, and offering them some carrots and corn which are good, dense foods for your pet.

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Lily, 29 July 2019

I have a guinea pig, she is 5 years old and im scared she's losing weight. I know she is naturally a small guinea pig but recently when I pick her up I've noticed that I can feel her ribs through her fur. I am now weighing her weekly and adding more fatty foods to her mix like carrot and corn. Do you think I need to take her to the vets? Thanks


Oloka, 3 May 2019

my guinea pig is a female and is 400 grams overweight what shall i do ?


Zaliah, 9 March 2019

I have 2 Guinea pigs, and I don't weigh them because my parents don't let them inside, so I can't. I don't know how much weight they have lost, but I know that their alot skinnier than usual. My Guinea pigs are A bit chubby, and they have definately lost weight. We recently bought a puppy, as my parents only bought Guinea pigs as a training pet (thinking we would only have them for a year, now it's been 5 years). Our dog is small dog, but he often jumps up on the cage and barks at them. The youngest one, Fizzles, is very scared of him, but for the oldest, Snuggles, is used to him. I'm scared that Fizzles will die, as I am very attached to my Guinea pigs. My parents don't think Guinea pigs need to go to the vet, and won't let me take them, even if I use my pocket money. I have no clue what to do, can someone please help me? It would be very appreciated.


Lillian, 11 February 2019

My guinea pigs are losing weight and I am very worried. one of my guinea pigs lost 100 grams! But i hope nothing serious is happening. We don't usually take them to the vet, but if my guinea pigs loses more weight, I'll take them to the vet. :(

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