That's when I stepped in and decided to help them out at home. I purchased critical care from my vet, and administered feedings every two or so hours to get some sustanence in them. Curly passed first, from what it seemed like sheer exhaustion. Larry passed second from what I thought were seizures, showing signs of a tilted head and small reoccurring body spasms. Moe survived up until 5 days old until a few hours ago when he all of the sudden lost motor skills, went limp, and died within the timespan of four hours. It's Moe's death that confuses the most out of me. He was seemingly so healthy, and as happy go lucky as a pig could be. He loved cuddles and eating veggies. He especially loved my boar Bruce, who taught him how to eat hay and drink from a bottle.
What could have gone wrong? I'm still distraught over the situation and can't help but feel I am somehow at fault. I'm also worrying that it could have been a transmitable illness that took them one by one, and that my own guinea pigs are at risk now. I realize now that I shouldn't have let them interact with my own, but I wasn't thinking about the possibility. I have a very expensive veterinarian, so I might have to raise the money to get all four checked out if something like this is a possibility.
I appreciate the feedback in advance. I hope to learn from this situation so I'll be better equipped to help babies in the future.
Always weigh daily, feed carefully, and feed enough. Another option might have been to take the mother home too and give her some time with them, perhaps swapping out guinea pigs to see if she would feed them. If there was another mother with pups, sometimes they will accept new pups.
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Is this farm breeding guinea pigs for sale? or as food for snakes? If not, are they keeping any breeding records?
I had one baby I thought was doing well and still nursing that suddenly went downhill. Her body would stiffen and then relax and she would just lay limp. She was at the point where she was having trouble swallowing. I know you aren't supposed to give guinea pigs applesauce, I also know it's very high in carbohydrates. As a last ditch effort to save her I gave her a small syringe of applesauce. Within 4 minutes her head came up and she struggled to stand, within 7 minutes she ran up my son's shoulder. I immediately started giving her food and water. She survived and is doing well at 2 years. We had 4 babies and lost one. I will always regret I did not try the applesauce with the first one who was showing the same symptoms and died.
I would never give repeated doses of applesauce. It can cause severe diarrhea and kill your guinea pig. In my case the baby was dying and she wouldn't have survived the night. The vet's office was closed for the evening and there were no other options.
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