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15 May 2024
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Bladder Stones in Guinea Pigs

Bladder Stones in Guinea Pigs 

Guinea pigs absorb calcium from their diet and absorb it through the gut, their calcium metabolism is similar to rabbits. Any excess calcium in the diet is excreted through the urine. This can, if excessive, cause sludgy urine in the bladder which can over time cause the formation of calcium oxalate crystals or bladder stones, also called Uroliths. This can cause pain and discomfort and cause problems with urine excretion, cystitis and in the worst cause blockage on urination. Other factors that may cause problems with Urolithiasis are a high calcium diets, low water intake, infection obesity and limited exercise. 

If you are concerned that your Guinea pig may have dietary problems or health issues with bladder issues, such as straining and difficulty passing urine, blood in the urine or change in urine content or colour, please call Langford Vets. We will then be able to see your pet and check that there are no underlying issues and allow us to review your pets overall nutritional intake and diet for you to prevent problems arising in the future. 

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