John jones 2011-12-09 11:15:51
I need some advice. I suspect one of my pigs has diabetes. She
doesn’t have cataracts, and hasn’t lost weight yet (in fact,
she’s fat), but she’s urinating a _lot_.
She’s going on a diet right away, avoiding fruits and carrots,
and getting more hay.
I am diabetic myself, so I have test strips and glucose meters
for testing her blood sugar, but I have no idea what a normal
blood glucose reading should be for a guinea pig.
I’m really strapped for cash, and I hope to avoid a vet bill for
a test I perform on myself many times a week. Can anyone tell me
what normal blood sugar is for a guinea pig?
Lori coates 2011-12-09 11:15:53
It could be this guinea pig has a bladder infection and needs antibiotics.
You need a vet. Sorry but you definitely need a vet. I have never heard of
a guinea pig with diabetes actually so I would almost totally rule this out.
Incs 2011-12-09 11:16:10
Try to get Nancy de Marco’s attention, if I remember well she has a lot of
experience with diabetes in general, low-carb diets and GP’s with diabetes.
It does eem to exist.
Patricia simon 2011-12-09 11:16:22
In general, ‘normal’ BG levels are the same for humans, dogs, cats and guinea
pigs. I learned it as 4-7.5 mmol/L (metric measurement), which translates to
approx. 70-135 mg/dL (the US scale of measurement).
However, it has been noted in recent years that some piggies can swing to
slightly higher levels naturally. If your piggie’s levels are elevated but
still below 11 mmol/L (200 mg/dL), she’s in the ‘gray zone’ and may or may not
Be aware that many things can cause excessive thirst / excessive urination in
piggies besides diabetes, including infection (respiratory, UTI or other) and
We have 2 diabetic GPs. You can read about them on my website:
John jones 2011-12-09 11:16:25
Thanks for your help, but diabetes in piggies is not uncommon.
John jones 2011-12-09 11:16:28
Thanks. Where can I flag-down Nancy De Marco?
Lizzard woman 2011-12-09 11:16:30
I think she’s in the midst of a move. She hasn’t been posting to at least
one other group she frequents. I assume she will land sometime and unpack.
I agree she is very knowledgable about diabetes in humans and people.
Here’s her email from a post but I don’t know if it works or she still uses
sharon, momma to panda and peanut
Kelvyn 2011-12-09 11:16:32
In article, email@example.com says…
Go to ‘google’, select ‘google groups’ then type in alt.pets.guinea-pigs
This will detail all the previous posts to this group then just search ‘nancy’ or diabetes.
hope that helps…
No Guinea Pigs were harmed in the writing or sending of this post.
John jones 2011-12-09 11:16:35
That does help. Thanks to you and everyone else that has
replied. I won’t be able to get a blood glucose reading for
several more hours but there is no crisis. It’s the excessive
drinking and urinating that caught my attention. Poor Rosie
seems normal otherwise.
P.S. Thanks to those who sent me tips via email.