Following our Guide to Hot Weather Guinea Pig Care I thought Heatstroke deserved a little more focus. Heatstroke kills.
What is Heatstroke?
- Heatstroke is a condition caused by a body overheating.
Why do Guinea Pigs get Heatstroke?
- They are (usually) covered in hair.
- They cannot sweat.
- A healthy guinea Pig should not pant.
- They are often housed in unsuitable places (e.g. conservatories, greenhouses, windows).
What temperature causes Heatstroke?
- Any temperature over 25° can be problematic for Guinea Pigs.
Does my Guinea Pig have Heatstroke / did my Guinea Pig die from Heatstroke?
If your guinea pig has/had one or more of these symptoms it could be Heatstroke…
- Panting or generally laboured, heavy breathing.
- Feels hot to touch.
- Watery poop / diarrhea.
- A change in behaviour – lethargy or agitation.
- Seizures / fits (guinea pig will lie on side and spasm / twitch.
How can I treat Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs?:
- If you suspect Heatstroke your Guinea Pig really needs to see a vet immediately.
- If you absolutely cannot immediately see a vet you need to cool the pig down.
- Offer the pig water immediately.
- Open windows and wrap the pig in lukewarm damp towels.
- DO NOT submerge in cold water. This will cause shock.
- Get that pig to a vet ASAP.
How can I prevent Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs?
- Take a look at The Squidgypigs Guide To Hot Weather Guinea Pig Care.
REMEMBER: Heat stroke is often fatal, if in doubt consult a vet immediately.
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