Tonight when I picked her up, this really gross thing came out of her vaginal area onto my hand. It is 1 1/4 inches long and looks like a wrinkly used condom (for lack of a better way to describe it).
I took a picture. I should learn how to post pictures here on GL, but here is a link to my thread on guineapigcages with the picture:
I looked around GL and found a couple people this has happened to, but couldn't find where anyone discovered for sure what it is. I was wondering if anyone knows for certain if this is a mucus plug? I'm pretty sure it is.
Twinkie is absolutely female and has never been near a male guinea pig - there is absolutely no chance she is pregnant.
There was a tiny bit of blood and there has been no more. I will keep checking her to make sure there is no more blood. She seems perfectly fine.
In my limited experience, it looks like mucus for sure, so maybe?
Has she been crying at all when she pees or poos?
I have not noticed any crying when she pees or poos but I will be watching her closely.
There is a little more blood now around her vaginal area. Not a lot. I know for positive that the thing in that picture came out of her vagina, not anywhere else.
She is oozing just a tiny bit of mucusy blood. She just peed and it's normal - no squeaking while peeing - no blood in the pee.
The blood is definitely coming from her vaginal area.
She is eating ok - we just gave her a bunch of veggies.
I saved a long string of mucus-encrusted stones from Cookie at one point. By the next morning, the mucus had disappeared. I wonder if that will happen to you, as well.
If you were a newcomer, I'd think you were pulling our legs - it looks very like a condom :-p
If you look at pictures that whittibo took - it looks pretty much exactly like what came out of that sow.
If you think about it - what is a mucus plug but a condom? Isn't it meant to stop a male from being able to deposit sperm? The rounded part could be the part that's at the opening and the rest of it is inside the sow - and it blocks any sperm from being able to enter. If most mucus plugs from sows dissolve - how do we know exactly what they look like if they were intact? Perhaps I have an intact mucus plug here.
The part that worries me is the continuing bloody mucus coming out. It's not much - just slight spotting - but it concerns me.
She seems to have a good appetite. I am going to put her in a separate cage for a bit tonight to make sure she is pooping and drinking (I know she's peeing). I will separate her again in the morning to check on how she is doing. I don't want to stress her out too much by separating.
This is absolutely not right - you should never see blood coming from a sow.
I'd suspect possible pyometra. You might want to get her properly checked out by a vet tomorrow. (Although I would think this would be very unusual in a 10-week old sow).
It's still the right thing to check with a vet, of course.
I sent this picture to our vet and she said she doesn't think it could be anything but a mucus plug, but she's never seen such a big one!
I think for now we're just going to keep an eye on her, and if anything changes she'll go in tomorrow morning.
She is active, alert, running around with her cagemates, eating, pooping, and peeing just fine. I hadn't seen her drinking, so I soaked her lettuce and veggies to make sure she was getting more fluids.
She runs for the hay when I put it in the cage and seems to be perfectly fine other than that little bit of spotting.
I am keeping a close eye on her, and if anything else develops, she will go to the vet. However, at this point, she seems fine.
She seems ok otherwise.
The most interesting development is that her sister Sadie (same litter) is also in heat (all my girls go into heat within a couple days of each other) and she is also spotting blood - just like Twinkie!!
I never would have known Sadie was spotting if I hadn't picked her up and specifically checked. I am also checking the mom, Bandit, just to see if she happens to spot as well.
It sure seems that this spotting is related to the girls' heat cycles.
We will be taking both Sadie and Twinkie to see Dr Munn on Saturday. I have the "mucus plug" from Twinkie in a baggie in my fridge still, so I will bring it and let Dr Munn check it out. Hopefully we will have some more info for everyone.
I also wanted to mention that Twinkie has been rumbling non stop when I pick her up and pet her - ever since she lost that mucus plug. Before she lost that, she was only rumbling when in heat. I am a little concerned about ovarian cysts.
I would def seek medical advice just in case. Although unless your vet is really cavy savvy I doubt they'd have a clue either! Plus Marge did have some bloody but ONLY because Mable had mated her. After that I seperated them but to no avail, Marge was already knocked up by then!
Are you 100% sure that one of your herd is not in fact a male?
I hope to have some more answers after our vet visit on Saturday. Dr Munn is a very cavy savy vet with lots of experience.
This spotting appears to be linked to the girls' heat cycle. And now there are two girls from the same litter experiencing the same thing.
Here are a couple pictures of my little sweetie, Twinkie:
And here is a picture of her sister, Sadie: