Older guinea pig possible pregnancy

Rolothepiggie

Post   » Mon May 15, 2017 11:06 am


5 weeks ago my naughty male guinea pig escaped from his run and spent the day next to my girls who are in a triangular apex type run. Now against all the odds I am concerned that one of my girls is pregnant. The water bottle is going down faster (I've checked and it is not leaking) she has developed bulges either side further back on her tummy and she has put on almost 70g since last Wednesday. The bulges are currently just fat but they extend underneath to her tummy. My main concern is that she is almost 3 years old but she did previously had a baby when she was little.

Does she sound pregnant?
Should I be worried because of her age?

Any advice on older pregnancies would be much appreciated as I am really worried I am going to loose her😥

Rolothepiggie

Post   » Mon May 15, 2017 12:37 pm


Just realised I posted the weight gain wrong, she has put on 50g since last Wednesday and it will be 5 weeks on this Wednesday. She is also in with another piggie who is slightly older. I have heard that guinea pigs often come into season at the same time if they live together. Her friend is much fatter in the first place won't be so obvious if she is aswell.

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Post   » Mon May 15, 2017 1:13 pm


If she's had a previous litter I wouldn't be worried, although I'd certainly make sure she's got good quality hay and pellets and fresh vegetables with vitamin C. But if he wasn't in the cage, it's very unlikely that she's pregnant. She can only get pregnant when she's in heat, and that happens for a day or so every 14-16 days. And impregnating a female through the cage bars wouldn't be easy.

Rolothepiggie

Post   » Mon May 15, 2017 1:30 pm


He squeezed out of a small gap under the run so I wonder whether she was in season to attract him over there (they were at the other end of the garden) The run also has 1 inch gaps between the bars, and I have seen him reach up the sides of a normal run so it would be easier to reach up over a sloping triangular run. I don't know, it would've great if it is a false alarm!

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon May 15, 2017 1:42 pm


I have actually heard of this happening (impregnating a female through the bars).

Weigh everyone daily right now. Give good food. And most importantly, line up a skilled vet in case there are issues.

www.guinealynx.info/labor.html

Rolothepiggie

Post   » Mon May 15, 2017 2:17 pm


I'm not so worried about Cinder now (my slightly younger female) but if her friend Snowy is pregnant, I do not know whether she has had babies previously or not. She has always had large nipples and when Cinder had her baby which was a complete surprise after I rescued them, I thought Snowy was pregnant too as her nipples looked the same as Cinders when she was feeding her pup. I have always nick named Snowy Sumo piggy as she is huge compared to Cinder, who has always been fairly slim but there is no sign yet of a baby bump but it has only been 5 weeks.

Rolothepiggie

Post   » Mon May 15, 2017 4:02 pm


I've just weighed Snowy and her weight has not changed. Hopefully it will stay that way!

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon May 15, 2017 8:57 pm


Monitoring weight is definitely one of the best ways to figure out if your pig might be pregnant! I hope her weight stays stable too.

Rolothepiggie

Post   » Tue May 16, 2017 11:35 am


Cinder has lost weight today so might be a false alarm. I do wonder though why she put on 50g in the first place?

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue May 16, 2017 4:15 pm


Read over www.guinealynx.info/weigh.html

There are normal fluctuations during the day so slight changes you should not have to worry about.

Rolothepiggie

Post   » Tue May 16, 2017 5:12 pm


She had lost about 10g from yesterday - what do you think?

bpatters
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Post   » Tue May 16, 2017 7:48 pm


Ten grams is nothing. You have no idea whether she lost weight or not -- she could have needed to pee yesterday when you weighed her. Ten grams is less than two teaspoons of water.

Rolothepiggie

Post   » Wed May 17, 2017 3:29 pm


More weight loss today, similar weight loss to yesterday so I would be surprised if she is to be honest. Could have produced some interesting babies though. Dad is a black Sheltie and his Mum is a Black Texel. Cinder is a mixed colour Abyssinian. Is better for her if she isn't pregnant as it would have put a big strain on her.

Rolothepiggie

Post   » Sat May 20, 2017 7:00 am


Her tummy has gone back down to normal size now as well so I think she must have re-absorbed them.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat May 20, 2017 10:14 am


It is more likely there may have been mild bloat. Ovarian cysts (if present) have also been known to burst. Reabsorption is rare to non-existent.

Helsu

Post   » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:57 am


Anybody have experience on an older pig actually giving birth successfully or is it more likely that they will go to c-section? I have a young male waiting for castration and I was too reliable that he wouldn't get over the fence I build between him and my three sows. But yesterday he did. I found him lying in the cage and have now idea if one or more sows might have been in heat. My sows are four, three and two years old. I work in vet clinic so I'm thinking about x-raying all of them in any case about two months from today just to be sure. And if someone is pregnant I will know how many babies to wait and if all won't come out we will operate.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:31 am


I think there are a lot of variables. A heavier guinea pig, for example, may have difficulty. I think your plan to xray them all later to determine who is pregnant is a good one.

Have you had pregnant guinea pig before?

bpatters
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Post   » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:57 am


Just as a tip -- you always need a lid on the female cage if you've got a male next to them. A determined male can push up the lid on his own cage, but can't lift a lid to get to the girls.

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CavyHouse
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Post   » Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:34 pm


Since guinea pigs are in heat about every 17 days, there is only about a 1 in 17 chance that they're pregnant. I've take in a lot of groups of guinea pigs of males and females mixed together and held them for 10 weeks thinking that all would be pregnant and have been pleasantly surprised many times that none turned out to be pregnant.

Helsu

Post   » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:05 am


Lynx, never had a pregnant piggy before. Two of them are in normal weight but one is just plain fat.

I've had a pack of two neutered boars and three sows for two years and they live freely in a part of the apartment. They have a cage but it doesn't have a door. Now with the new male I separeted them with a fence which I was sure he could not climb over. But he did and even quite easily... Now the fence is two times higher.

CavyHouse, your experience is calming me a bit :) Let's hope we were lucky!

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