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March 9, 2023 by Umair Shahid

Guinea pigs, like humans, may suffer a stroke or heart attack and die. Sometimes, your piggie may have passed away and you may not have any idea why. Guinea pigs that are old are more likely to develop this condition.

A milder attack may lead to your guinea pig acting unresponsive for a short period, but he will still be alive. The animal may also exhibit other symptoms, such as twitching, flickering eyes, or being unconscious.

The flickering of the eyes indicates neurological damage. The prognosis for this condition is generally poor, as it is a medical emergency reported by some veterinarians.

If you believe that your piggie is suffering from this issue, then you should seek expert care for assistance in recovery and assessment.

It is possible that the veterinarian will administer a steroidal injection to your guinea pig if you take it to the vet as soon as possible.

If you suspect your pet is having a stroke, take them to a veterinarian right away. Your guinea pig has a better chance of recovering if you start treatment sooner.

What is a stroke?

When a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds in the brain, or when the blood supply to the brain is blocked, a stroke occurs. A ruptured or blocked blood vessel in the brain prevents blood and oxygen from being able to reach its tissues.

When the brain does not receive oxygen, the cells and tissues of the brain begin to suffer damage within a few minutes and begin to die.

Causes of Stroke in Guinea Pig

There are different types of strokes that are caused by different types of causes. There are three main types of strokes:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Additional stroke types can be classified under these categories:

  • Thrombotic stroke
  • Intracerebral stroke
  • Embolic stroke
  • Subarachnoid Stroke

The type of stroke will influence your Guinea pig’s treatment and recovery.

Stroke in Guinea Pig Symptoms

In the event of blood flow being cut off to the brain, tissues inside the brain will be damaged. There will be symptoms of a stroke in the parts of the body that are connected to the damaged area of the brain.

An animal suffering from a stroke may exhibit convulsions, become unresponsive, or have irregular breathing during the event. In the case of guinea pigs that have already suffered a stroke, the chances of another stroke multiply exponentially.

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If a guinea pig has suffered a stroke, he or she may display paralysis or weakness on one side of the body.

There is a sense of sagging in the area affected. The signs of a stroke in your guinea pig may include listlessness, loss of balance, loss of appetite, and even a lack of energy. It is possible for the animal to walk in circles or tilt its head to the side.

There may be a bulge in the eye. Strokes are usually characterized by sudden onset symptoms that gradually disappear over some time. Sometimes you may find that your guinea pig is acting fine one minute, and then unable to move the next.

There is a good chance that it has suffered a stroke. In the event of a stroke, medical attention should be sought immediately.


To increase his chances of survival, it is best to place him in a warm box and put him in a quiet area where he will not be disturbed. He will hate it if you touch him in any way. Let him rest for a couple of hours.

After this, take him to the vet for rehydration fluids or even better, get the vet to come to you to avoid dehydration. This is because he is unable to swallow at the moment. After about six hours, repeat the process.

It is very important that you do this. As soon as he is willing to let you handle him, feed him dry feed, hay, chopped vegetables, and water in a heavy dish to prevent him from falling.

If there are no further strokes, the prognosis for a stroke is quite good. Following recovery, his head may be slightly tilted.


I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and have a keen interest in animal health care. Working as a veterinary content writer, I intend to stay with professional approach in producing quality content. I like research-based reading and currently seeking my veterinary profession. My hobbies are travelling to exotic places and observing nature to the fullest.

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