Etiology: Interstitial nephritis is the most common aging lesion in guinea pigs. Guinea pigs may develop chronic interstitial nephritis as a sequela to staphylococcal pododermatitis . It has also been reported in animals with diabetes mellitus and hyperglycemia.
Incidence: Chronic interstitial nephritis is common in aged guinea pigs.
Clinical Signs: Clinically, no signs may be noted until end stage renal failure occurs; wasting, generalized edema, PU/PD, and proteinuria are then noted.
Pathology: Chronic nephritis is characterized by pitted, small, tan kidneys.
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