As far as bacteria infections go, pneumonia
is probably the most common in guinea pigs.The most common
causes for pneumonia are an overall lack of proper care resulting
in high levels of stress or reduced effectiveness of the immune
system. Inappetence, lethargy and difficulty breathing are
the most common signs of pneumonia in a guinea pig.
Once pneumonia starts to set in, your guinea pig may also
appear to be disoriented as it may walk in a circle or tilt
its head to one side. That is because inner ear infections
are likely to form as a result of pneumonia which will throw
the guinea pigs balance off. Guinea pigs as well as most other
small animals rely very heavily upon the delicate balance
in their ears to blance the rest of their body.
Pneumonia is caused by bacteria that has infected the respiratory
system of your guinea pig. If your guinea pig does in fact
have pneumonia a trip to the veternarian will be required.
The sooner you can get it there the better. Only a veternarian
can prescribe the right medication and offer the proper advice
to ensure your guinea pig gets better.