Respiratory Problems in Guinea Pigs
Viral, bacterial, and fungal infections of the lung can be more serious but respond well to treatment proving they are properly diagnosed.
If a guinea pig is suffering from a systemic fungal problem, see skin problems, and it develops a wheeze in the lungs, then it is likely to be caused by the fungus. The use of the drug Griseofulvin is very effective and if the animal is not already being treated with this is should be put on a course.
The bacterial infections are more likely to occur as a complication from another illness which has weakened the animal and left it open for bacterial attack. Animals that have been off their food for sometime because of dental, digestive or other problems can quite often suffer this complication. There are several antibiotics which are very effective, such as Tribrissen and Baytril. The dose rate for the Tribrissen is 0.5 orally for five to seven day. For the Baytril it is 0.4 by subcutaneous injections for five days.