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Guinea Pig Ear Infection: How to spot them, treat them, and avoid them.

Guinea pigs, like many other pet species, can get ear infections. Fortunately, they are rare, but a guinea pig ear infection may coincide with another bacterial infection, according to Merck Vet Manual. Knowledge is power; therefore, we wanted to share the symptoms, treatment, and prevention with you. Finally, if your piggie is showing any unusual symptoms, no matter what the cause, get them to your trusted exotic vet right away.

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Typically if your piggie has an ear infection, it will show the symptoms listed below. However, as your cavy is a prey species, he may not show any guinea pig ear infection symptoms.

  • Discharge from ears
  • Smelly ears
  • Red or swollen ears
  • Ear pain
  • Nervous system issues: Imbalance, Head tilt, rolling on the ground
  • Scratching at the ears
  • Head shaking
  • Hearing loss
  • Deafness
Guinea pig at the vet


After your vet determines the location of the guinea pig ear infection (outer ear canal or middle or inner ear), he will come up with a treatment plan. Typically, veterinarians prescribe:

Control ear discharge and pain relief: Ointments, local anesthetic agents and antibiotic ear drops 

Remove discharge/buildup: Antiseptic or antibiotic ear washes 


No piggie pawrent likes to see their cavy miserable. Therefore, the easiest way to prevent future guinea pig ear infection outbreaks is to keep their enclosure as clean as possible. Additionally, ask your vet if she wants you to clean their ears regularly. If so, ask them to show you the best way to clean them and what supplies to use.

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We hope you found this information helpful. If your piggie’s experienced an ear infection, we’d love to hear about it. Please comment on our socials or send us an email

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