But, I just wanted to throw that out of there so you are all aware that is lurking. I also assume Petsmart doesn't vaccinate their guinea pigs against bordetella, though I would hope they would now. Though I think we are all anti-pet store, some pigs we may rescue can indirectly come from them.
This appears to be the case with the bordetella in guinea pigs that the Petsmart stores has been reporting. This all came up when I took my new baby guinea pig, Sprite, in for what I suspect is a URI. I rescued him from a lady who was not taking good care of him at all, and had gotten him from Petsmart.
At the end of it all, I guess it doesn't matter if he has a URI or resistant bordetella as Bactrim will take care of either.
So, if you don't think it's anything anyone needs to worry about, you can go ahead and delete the post. Sometimes my vet tells me things, because he finds it interesting, but not necessarily because it is useful information.
Now that I think of it, one probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference between bordetella and a URI in a guinea pig, so the antibiotic would take care of it either way. So, not really useful to anyone. Maybe veternarian water cooler talk.
Finally we found out, that our Mimi was the carrier and she was the cause that the other piggies died. We started to vaccinate each and very piggie for the time Mimi was member of our family and since that time we never had other death related to bordetella. When Mimi departed 7 years old, I decided with my vet friend, not to continue with the vaccinations and nothing happened anymore.
Sometimes it was quite a bit stressful, while each and any piggie at that time joined our family at different times, so I had to have a vaccination plan. At times the piggies had more appointments as I had :-).