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Hypothermia - low body temperature

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Hypothermia - low body temperature

Guinea pigs can tolerate cool temperatures, but do not cope well with the cold. Add to this damp, wet and/or draughty conditions, and guinea pigs will really struggle. Hypothermia (low body temperature) can occur rapidly in guinea pigs if they are exposed to these conditions. Guinea pigs who are already unwell, underweight, recovering from recent surgery, elderly or very young will also be more susceptible.

Hypothermia is an emergency and treatment must be provided immediately, otherwise it can prove to be fatal.

In winter it’s best to house your guinea pigs inside or in a shed, to offer extra warmth and insulation from the cold

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