Sunny Sunday Warning – When Water Bottles Go Bad

This has left our me quite upset but I needs to share it so other people keep a look out for it too.

This morning when the little hoomans were changing the water they noticed that Nacho and Noah has hardly drunk a thing and were lying around in the cage appearing quite listless. I immediately realised they were dehydrated and began syringing water into them. Very quickly they perked up and returned to their normal selves in under twenty minutes.


Looking much brighter

I then had to try and work out how they could have become dehydrated with a full bottle of cool water in it’s usual place on the cage when yesterday was one of the hottest days of the year so far here.

Answer? A broken water bottle.

Yes, I couldn’t believe it either but it appears that a piece of food, it looks like carrot, had somehow got itself stuck behind the ball bearing in the bottle and resulted in it not letting water out. With it now removed the whole thing works much better but I did pop out quickly and buy three water bottles so now both cages have two each and there is a spare if one does break.

Luckily there was no lasting damage but with the weather warming up the chances of heatstroke occurring are much higher and without water it could have been a very different story.

The most frightening thing is we clean the bottle with a bottle brush and rinse it through once a week to prevent this and that happening. We did that yesterday morning, yet somehow during the day it still happened. Please check your piggies water morning and evening, especially in hot weather.

If you need advice on how to deal with or prevent heatstroke in guinea pigs we have a page here.

Stay safe this Sunday efurryone

~ Amy (AKA The Hooman)

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Posted on May 18, 2014, in Piggy Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 53 Comments.

  1. I;m glad you guys were able to notice and react first… sometimes equipment fails despite our vigilance. 😉 Stay safe!

  2. OMGoodness! I have never even heard of this! You guinea pigs are a lucky bunch to have such a smart Mom! She knew exactly what to do. Well done.

    Love and licks,

  3. Thanks Amy. With this warm weather all piggie owners need to know to make sure whee have access to water. Glad your boys were okay though!
    The Pigs xx

  4. Oh dear….so happy everyone is OK…..good advice though to double/triple check water bottles – especially now that it’s warm……little piggies can probably dehydrate pretty quickly! Now enjoy the rest of your EASY Sunday!!!

    Hugs, Sammy

  5. That is very scary indeed guys….lucky the little hoomans were on the ball…stay cool guys ..if your summer follows ours it will be very bad…hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

  6. If this can happen to you guys with a very attentive Mum then it’s very important to get the message out. Thankfully no lasting harm 🙂

  7. poor babies, water is so important.. good mom you have

  8. I’m glad you saw it, it’s dangerous to have no water. I hope all humans will check their equipment regularly. Enjoy the fabulous weather, I hope it will stay with us for a wile :o)

  9. Oh my! That is scary. You are such a good mummy to your babies. Thank you for the warning. Happy Sunday! 😊 xoxo

  10. Oh wow! How scary! Thank goodness you are so on the ball, it doesn’t bare thinking about does it… We only have our paws crossed that other piggy mums are as vigilant … We hope your post will help to spread the word!
    Hugs, Carrie & Pups x

  11. Whewoooowooooooooo!

  12. How frightening. Happy all is well. Two water bottles in each cage is a really great tip. Stay cool now.

  13. Terrific advice! I will most certainly share this post with my friends, as many of them have guineas as family members!

  14. Glad Nacho and Noah are fine and that you figred it out quickly. Thanks for letting us know that could have as I’d never heard of that.

  15. OMC Dat’s pawful. So glad evewpady’s okay. Meez wuldn’t like it one bit ifin yous all got sick.

    Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses ♥♥♥


  16. hello hutchizens its dennis the vizsla dog hay that is skarry i am glad yore family wuz on top of it so fast!!! and as for stoopid things peepul say like why do yoo tayk yore guinea pigs to the vet all i can say is that wen my mama and dada had pet rats they took there rats to the vet for surdjereez and medissins becuz that is wot yoo do for yore furry frends no matter wot size they may be!!! hmph stoopid hyoomans!!! ok bye

  17. Thank goodness for your quick thinking. You saved your piggies lives’. Well done you

  18. That is really frightening! So very glad you were quick thinking and there was no lasting problems!
    Marty and Mom

  19. It is a good that your parents are detectives and were able to solve the mystery quickly.

  20. I’m glad you found it. A carrot doesn’t last long here and never would have gotten the chance.

  21. Yow Miss amy ya iz such a guud… a grrreat G-Piggie Mum!!! Well dun fer spottin da prublem n sortin fingz out quick!!
    We iz reeleeved dat nacho n Noah are okayz n ya got lotz of water bottlez fer dem…pawsum!!!
    Much lub n ~~~head rubz~~~ yer furend Nylablue n Mum too (butt she nott give head rubz) 😉

  22. Your piggies are lucky they have such a dedicated owner. 🙂

  23. Glad that they appear to have made a full recovery, thank you for sharing!!

  24. Yer Mum iz da BESTEST G-Piggiez!!!
    Lub Nylablue ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

  25. It’s a good thing your human noticed the signs of dehydration! It’s worrying that the bottle could stop working so easily.

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