Squidgypigs – Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs – What is Heatstroke? Has my Guinea Pig got Heatstroke? Can Guinea Pigs die from heatstroke or being left in the sun?

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.
  • Drooling.
  • 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?

REMEMBER: Heat stroke is often fatal,  if in doubt consult a vet immediately.

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Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs
Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs

Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs
Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs

Squidgypigs - Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs
Squidgypigs – Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs
Squidgypigs - Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs
Squidgypigs – Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs
Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs
Heatstroke in Guinea Pigs

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