Why is My Guinea Pig’s Eye Cloudy? Should I Be Worried?


If you have noticed that your guinea pig has cloudy eyes you will naturally be worried, and wonder what it could mean. A healthy guinea pig’s eyes should be clear and brightly coloured. If they look cloudy, or there is any unusual discharge, this could be a sign of several things.

A Guinea pigs eye will turn cloudy if there is something stuck in it like hay or if an ulcer has formed.  If something is stuck in your guinea pigs eye then they will probably scratch the eye to try to remove it.

Eye issues are serious, and you should see a vet immediately if your guinea pig has cloudy eyes, or excessive discharge from the eyes that isn’t just natural secretions.
Guinea pigs secrete a milky fluid from their eyes, which they use as a cleaning agent when they groom themselves.

This is natural. There is nothing to worry about. Any discharges of an unusual colour, or discharges that occur even when your guinea pig is not grooming itself, should be investigated.

What is Wrong with My Guinea Pig’s Eye?

To know the answer to that question for certain you will need to take your guinea pig to a vet, who will diagnose the issue. It could be something as simple as a poke in the eye, or it could be an infection, or an ulcer. Eye problems are best addressed as soon as possible.

A vet can not only diagnose the problem, but can prescribe medication to treat the effected eye.

How Do You Know if Your Guinea Pig Has an Eye Infection?

There a several signs that might indicate that your guinea pig has an eye infection. One or all of them could be present. As already mentioned, cloudy eyes, and excessive, unusual discharges are one major sign of infection. You should also look out for redness and inflammation of the eye.

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This will cause your guinea pig to scratch or rub its eyes with its paws. Bulges and swelling around the eye are another sign. If any or all of these signs present, you need to see a vet as soon as possible.

How to Treat an Eye Infection

Your vet can prescribe special eye ointments which treat infections. Most eye infections are caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, or by an injury to the eye, such as from a poke with a piece of hay or straw. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal ointments will treat the infection.

Continue to give your guinea pig lots of water and green leafy vegetables. Make sure they have a balanced diet and lots of bed rest. Doing all of this will aid in their recovery, helping their eye to heal more quickly.

Why Does My Guinea Pig Have One Eye Closed?

If your guinea has one eye closed, for an extended period, such as most of the day, you should take them to a vet. Monitor them, looking out for other signs, such as excess and unexplained discharge, swelling and redness.

A closed eye could mean that your guinea pig has been poked in the eye, and is just resting its eye for a few minutes. It could have dirt in its eye. Watch your guinea pig throughout the day. If they do not open their eye after a few hours, there might be something stuck in it. Try to have a look for yourself.

Be gentle. If your guinea pig won’t let you touch their eyelids, you will need to go see a vet. There could be something under their eyelids, such as a bit of dirt or a piece of hay or straw that has got into their eye.

Why Does My Guinea Pig Have White Stuff in His Eyes?

As already mentioned, guinea pigs secrete a white discharge from their eyes when grooming themselves. This white, milky fluid is a cleaning agent, that they use to clean their fur. White discharge, or discharge of any colour is only a concern if it is excess and constant.

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Look for any unusual, coloured discharge. If you think there is a problem, you can do no harm by visiting a vet.

Do Guinea Pigs Get Crusty Eyes?

Guinea pigs can and do get crusty eyes. It could be the sign of a respiratory infection, an allergy, or some other infection of the eyes. A vet is the best person to diagnose any eye issues. They will prescribe the right treatment for your guinea pig.

Your guinea pig might need its eyes cleaned. A vet is the best person do this.

Can Guinea Pigs Use Human Eye Drops?

No. Human eye drops are prescribed for humans only. You should never use human eye drops on a guinea pig unless specifically instructed to by a vet. Your vet will prescribe particular eye drops for guinea pigs. Guinea pigs have different eyes to humans, and they need special eyedrops just for guinea pigs.

You should never give your guinea pig any medications or treatments that haven’t been prescribed by a vet. Never assume that you know what is causing your guinea pigs eye problems. It could just be that they have had a poke in the eye, which means they do not need eye drops.

If something more serious is causing their eye problems, such as an allergic reaction or an infection, your vet will need to diagnose this so they can give your guinea pig the right treatment and prescribe the correct dosage.

We hope we have answered all your questions on guinea pig eye problems. If there is something we have left out, or if you have any more questions, don’t be afraid to ask your vet. They are there to help, and to make sure that your guinea pig is happy and healthy. If you take care of your guinea pig they will live a full and happy life.

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