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Salmonella Toxicity in Guinea Pigs

Treatment

 

Treatment of salmonellosis is usually not a viable option, but supportive care may be given to aid recovery. Supportive therapy with fluids and electrolyte supplements may be administered, and in some cases, broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs may be used to help eradicate opportunistic bacterial infections.

 

Living and Management

 

Segregate any guinea pig that is affected with salmonellosis from others. During the recovery period, and perhaps even for sometime after, follow the appropriate sanitation measures for avoiding contact with the salmonella bacteria, such as wearing disposable gloves and washing hands and clothing thoroughly. It is important to keep in mind that the salmonella infection can be transmitted not only to other animals, but to the infected animal's human handlers as well.

 

A pet guinea pig that is recovering from salmonellosis infection will be very weak and will need attentive care and in many cases a temporary diet change. Consult your veterinarian regarding the appropriate foods to be fed to your pet guinea pig during the recovery period.

 

Prevention

 

Fresh vegetables may be a source of salmonella bacteria. Therefore, care should be taken in the thorough cleaning of all fresh raw vegetable before they are fed to the guinea pigs in order to avoid a potential infection. In addition, thorough and regular cleanings of your guinea pig's cages -- removing any feces and urine, and changing soiled bedding material -- is essential.

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