Possibly pregnant and I need ADVICE...


Post   » Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:26 pm

He died about half an hour ago...

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:55 pm

I'm so, so sorry the babies didn't survive. I hope mom is okay.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Mon Oct 13, 2008 6:45 pm

I'm so sorry about the babies. Keep a close eye on momma and weigh her to make sure she is eating ok.

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Post   » Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:36 pm

Oh, I'm so sorry, Kamalia.

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Post   » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:17 pm

Oh dear, I'm so sorry.

I think it's a really good idea to take momma to a vet to be checked over. It's so hard to know what's wrong because pigs hide their symptoms.

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:56 am

I'm terribly sorry that the little ones did not survive. It is so tragic.

I hope Spiderpig is doing well.


Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:14 am

Thanks for all your kind comments. I was concerned about mum as,although she was eating, she just didn't seem right. Just got back from the vets and it turns out she has an abscess on her off hind leg. The vet said that this could have been causing her such pain that the birth sort of 'tipped her over the edge' so she killed her babies (but that I got to her before she killed the last one). I feel sad that this may have been the case as it could've been prevented had I been there when she went in to labour.

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Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:18 am

I don't think she killed her babies. Something was wrong with them from birth. The one that survived for a while was never as active as he should have been. It is highly unusual for cavies to kill their young. You may need to search or a more knowledgeable vet.


Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:22 am

I really doubt that she killed her babies. A sick mother doesn't usually give birth to very healthy babies.

I'm so sorry that you lost them. Take care of mom and take care of yourself.

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:33 am

I suspect your vet is confusing Guinea Pigs with other species when he/she says your mom killed her babies. I don't know of anyone here who ever had a GP mom do her babies in.

The problem lay with the health of the babies not mom.


Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:38 pm

Here is a photo of the little one shortly before he died. Does he look normal size? I am 5'4" and don't have huge hands.



Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:15 pm

I got up during the night to check on mum and she was not looking good. Not moving at all and her breathing had become very laboured. Called the vets and they told me to bring her in. He gave her something to try and pick her up but wasn't hopeful. I brought her home and she died on my lap about 5 mins ago. This is such a sad end to what should have been a happy time...

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:18 pm

I'm so sorry. You were a good person to take these unfortunates in. Something in their prior life was just too much. Rest well sweet family.

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:26 am

Oh no. I'm terribly sorry for your heartbreak.

Spiderpig and her little babies were so beautiful. They were so fortunate that they had your family to cherish them and care for them when they needed it most.

Again, I'm so sorry.

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Post   » Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:48 am

I am so sorry. Thank you for loving them and giving them what they needed while they were with you.

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Post   » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:05 am

I'm so sorry for your loss of Spiderpig and her babies.


Post   » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:40 am

Thank you all for your kind words. I now have to decide what to do for Fiddles, my male guinea pig. They have been seperated for the past 3 weeks (since we found out about the pregnancy) but they have been able to see each other all the time. I'm sure he'll be lonely now she's gone.

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:00 am

I’m so sorry for your losses. I eagerly clicked on this thread to make sure someone had answered your question about the baby’s size. I didn’t expect to find such heartbreak. Losing all the babies is hard enough. To lose Spiderpig too is almost unimaginable. Pregnancy is so hard on guinea pigs. Give extra hugs and kisses to poor Fiddles.

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Post   » Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:10 am

I'm sorry mom and babies didn't make it, they were so beautiful.

Your male should be ok with lots of attention from his humans. Maybe search out a UK rescue center near you to adopt a friend for him. I'm sure some of our UK members could help you if you post your general location. Maybe even start a thread in the placement section with your search.

Hugs to you and Fiddles.

ETA: The little baby looks normal to me. I've had little 2 ounce babies survive nicely. Unfortunatly, doesn't sound like you got mom in time to give her good pre-natal care. Even with the best care at times, this can happen too. Guinea pig pregnancy is so hard on the mom's.

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Post   » Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:40 am

I'm so sorry.

I'd be very angry at that "reputable home". Along with this tragedy, Fiddles also came to you with a serious medical issue that probably would have been fatal if not treated.

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