Guinea pigs to eat their own faeces!

From Karhryn with Guinea pig Lightning

Pet Symptoms:

He is eating his poop


Our other guinea pigs took an infection and died this week, six have died and three are ok. None of their symptoms were eating poop, so I was wondering was this something else??

Our Advice:

Thank you for your email. It’s actually normal for guinea pigs to eat their own faeces! This is called coprophagy, and essentially allows the food to be digested twice to ensure the guinea pig receives the maximal nutritional benefit.

If several of your guinea pigs have died keep a very close eye on the others, and at the first sign of any problems take them to your vet.