Are we pregnant?


Post   » Sun Oct 06, 2002 10:15 am

By no means is this an emergency, but a medical question just the same...

My 6 month old female is acting strangely. She is shedding so much that we could make another pig out of what she is leaving behind. A once very friendly, very tolerant pig, she is now snippy and short-tempered - she actually bit me yesterday. And her appetite? Sheesh...I can´t give her enough veggies and she eats them so fast, they´re gone in just a few seconds.

Her best buddy is a male, same age, and they live together. (No yelling here, please...) I want them to have babies together. However, the male is very timid and doesn´t seem to know how to get that done, at least has not been interested toward her aggressive advances (she wears the pants between them you see). Of course, the deed could have been done when I wasn´t around - I think I remember smelling cigarette smoke one morning.

Sooooo...all you piggy parents and grandparents who have experience with pregnant piggins please give me your expertise and advice. What are some of the signs that they are pregnant? All is appreciated!!

Susan, yet another guinea pig slave

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Post   » Sun Oct 06, 2002 10:20 am

It sounds as though your pig has mites. They both probably need a bout of ivermectin. You can have your vet do it, or do it yourself. Click on Guinealynx and you will find information on how to do it yourself.


Post   » Sun Oct 06, 2002 10:34 am

I don´t think so -- she has had mites before and this is nothing like that. She´s not loosing chunks of hair and there are no "flaky scabs" on her ears, and she´s not scratching. Just being moody, keeping to herself and shedding hair evenly.

Anybody else out there know anything about pregnant pigs??

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Post   » Sun Oct 06, 2002 10:55 am

The pregnant pigs I have had in the past showed no personality changes whatsoever. I could tell they were pregnant when I could feel the babies moving late in the pregnancy.

Your pigs could have bred without you noticing, it only takes a second.

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"A once very friendly, very tolerant pig, she is now snippy and short-tempered - she actually bit me yesterday." This is classic mite behavior. That is why I suggested it. Pigs with mites don´t always lose big patches of hair or have flaky scabs or flaky skin. Mites can lie dormant in a pig, and "flare up" during times of stress. Pregnancy could certainly be considered a stress to the body.

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Post   » Sun Oct 06, 2002 11:46 am

Well this might sound funny but when my piggie was pregnant her ears got bigger. Oh and around her tummy near her bottom she felt like a water balloon.

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Post   » Sun Oct 06, 2002 1:56 pm

Take Lisam´s advice. You are not getting any other advice because we would all be saying the same thing.

These are classic mite symptoms. Treat all your pigs for mites with ivermectin.

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Post   » Sun Oct 06, 2002 2:18 pm

(No yelling here, please...) I want them to have babies together.

You may have come to the wrong place if you don´t want to hear yelling. Too many of us have been dealing with way too many homeless pigs lately.

It really is difficult to understand why you would breed your pets when there are so many wonderful pigs going without loving homes or being put to sleep in shelters.

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Post   » Sun Oct 06, 2002 2:24 pm

Not to mention the risk you would be exposing your pet to. Guinea pig pregnancies don´t always go well. Know that you could lose not only one or more of the pups but the mother as well.

There are alot of sad stories.

Yes, Becky is right. You may have come to the wrong place if you want any help regarding breeding your pigs.


Post   » Mon Oct 07, 2002 10:10 am

Yes, I am fully aware of all the risks involved with pig pregnancy. Thank you for all your friendly advice.

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Post   » Mon Oct 07, 2002 12:04 pm

Are you going to have your pig treated for mites?

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For the love of my girls!

Post   » Mon Oct 07, 2002 11:29 pm

Good God! After this summer I can´t "stomach" this!

PLEASE look for good reference material and good luck.

Now post on another forum.

Ms. Evil Kara


Post   » Tue Oct 08, 2002 12:26 am

Someone might want to direct SpottyPoo to the Hollister rescue info, the Monterey Rescue info, the Arizona rescue info so that she can see why intentionally breeding when people have volunteered their summer to try and rehome a few hundred unwanted guinea pigs is such a sore point.

Maybe the thread where Maaa almost died giving birth(probably contributed to her recent death).

Maybe the thread where I killed my Hazel by breeding her.

Most info is at Teresa´s site that hates my browser so I can´t gather the URLs.

Sometimes people just don´t know.


Post   » Tue Oct 08, 2002 12:32 am

Waste of time.

I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Tue Oct 08, 2002 12:44 am

It makes me want to scream............. Same old....... Same old. It seems to never end.

Way too many homeless, sweet ,adorable pigs. Many are being euthanized. The situation is CRITICAL. Look up what´s been happening this summer. You can be part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem. Want a baby........ many in rescues.



Post   » Tue Oct 08, 2002 9:40 am

I am completely up to speed on the Hollister, Monterey and Arizona situations. There´s a lot I can do about that in NC. What you folks must realize is that not everyone is in the position to take on the responsibility of older, possibly sick pigs.

I understand that everyone is passionate about pig rescue here. I am allll for that!!! But what you all must also take into consideration is that it is not your place to judge someone breeding their own pig -- last I read, God was in charge of that. I asked for assistance, not condemnation.

If everyone is so against piggie breeding, why do you have a huge section on piggie pregnancy and breeding on this site???

I will no longer post here or even read this site. I can hear the sighs of relief already. I´ve never experienced more judgmental people in my life and I hope that the next person who needs advice and posts here is greeted with more respect and kindness than you have shown me.

And sjj92 -- thanks for your polite input.

Susan Ramsey
Charlotte, NC

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Post   » Tue Oct 08, 2002 11:53 am

Don´t suppose you´ll read this but what happens if there´s serious pregnancy complications and your pig does become sick? Is there a difference in a young sick pig or an older sick pig? What happens when your pigs become old? Will you not care for them because they´re old and could possibly get sick? Not all of those rescues are sick and old pigs. I think the people here who have seen the horrors of backyard breeding have every right to judge someone who wants to do the same.


Post   » Tue Oct 08, 2002 12:28 pm

I don´t know if SpottyPoo will ever see these replies as she has said she will not be reading the board again, but in case she does:

There´s a rescue in Charlotte if you´re interested in helping homeless pigs in your area.

The majority of pigs from Hollister and Monterey were young and healthy. Most rescues have a large number of young, healthy pigs although of course, because an animal is healthy when you adopt it does not mean it will stay that way forever.

And, like Cara, I wonder what you are going to do when your pigs get old and/or sick (since you say you´re not in the position to take care of such a pig). What will you do if there are complications with the pregnancy? By breeding your pig, you are putting yourself in a situation where you are far more likely to run into medical problems than if you adopted a pig(s) from a rescue.

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Post   » Tue Oct 08, 2002 1:48 pm

I´m not sure what this person came here to find. She asked for advice, we gave it to her. I guess she didn´t like the answers.

She also stated we have a huge section on breeding and pregnancy. We do?


Post   » Tue Oct 08, 2002 2:05 pm

Yes Lisa, we have a breeding and pregnancy section on Guinea Lynx. I personally don´t find it HUGE, but regardless, the information in it is a great resource for those of us dealing with pregnant rescues; ie cleaning up someone else´s mess.

The information here at Guinea Lynx also has many warnings:
"Read Linda´s description of normal labor. Should complications arise, it is extremely important that you have a veterinarian lined up for emergency care before the actual delivery."

"Do you know how risky pregnancy can be for a guinea pig? Learn more at Cavy Spirit. Always remember that a pregnancy puts your pet at risk. "

"Breeding guinea pigs for fun is not recommended: not only is it difficult to find homes for the young with responsible and caring people (your candidates may "disappear" when the time comes to adopt out the babies) but guinea pig sows are at risk of pregnancy complications because the babies are born large and ready to run. "

Bottom line -- why breed or buy while others die? I hope Spotty doesn´t lose her sow.

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Post   » Tue Oct 08, 2002 8:09 pm

Like PP said, probably a waste of time.

My last two cents, though. I did not judge. I merely stated that I could not understand why someone would breed, putting their animals at risk, when there were so many adorable animals available through rescues. I honestly do not understand.

Where I come from, that´s not judgement. It´s asking a question.

No one refused to help this person.

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