Cancer does not occur very often in guinea
pigs, although as the age of the guinea pig increases the
risk of them forming cancer does so as well. The skin and
respiratory tract lining are most often the first to be affected
by cancer involving guinea pigs. From there it will spread
throughout the body of the animal.
Cancer which affects the skin of a guinea pig is possible
to detect early on. If you notice any unusual growths forming
on the skin of the guinea pig this is a possible sign of cancer.
In this case it is suggested that you take your guinea pig
to see a veterinarian as soon as possible to see if there
is anything that can be done.
Cancer which forms inside the guinea pig such as in the respirtory
system is nearly impossible to diagnos until it is too late.
Obviously cancer can be deadly to all animals but smaller
animals such as hamsters and guinea pigs are more likely to
die as a result. This stems from the fact that their bodies
are so small it makes operating on them almost impossible.