Guinea Pig Health News for November 06 2017

Guinea Pig Health Info

Spontaneous abortion can have many causes including litter developmental defects, nutritional deficiencies, and stress. Usually the entire litter will be lost but in some cases a single baby will die in the womb and be born with the rest of the litter. The dead litter is usually aborted without excessive discomfort or illness. Pregnancy toxemia is the most dangerous of all pregnancy complications and can frequently result in the death of both the mother and the litter. There are two types of pregnancy toxemia – primary and secondary. Primary toxemia is caused by physical factors such as the weight of the full uterus pressing on the stomach and preventing the mother from eating enough. The weight of the uterus can sometimes actually block off its own blood supply – this can result in suffocation of the litter. Secondary toxemia is more common and frequently brought on by stress. Why is pregnancy toxemia so dangerous? If the mother’s body is unable to provide enough resources for the litter her body will start to draw resources from her own reserves. Eventually the litter will die inside the mother further escalating her condition. Symptoms of pregnancy toxemia include loss of appetite, lethargy, hunched posture, cold ears and feet, and a noticeable loss of body weight. Many experts suggest that the condition once developed cannot be treated and that treatment in fact just extends the suffering of the mother.

The Abyssinian Guinea Pig Guide

The Abyssinian Guinea Pig is truly a unique species of guinea pigs that have awed many people all around the world. They’re perfect for those that don’t want a common guinea pig but also don’t want something too unusual. So if you happen to pick up a beautifully symmetric Abyssinian guinea pig with 8 rosettes, you may want to consider showing off your pet. There are many guinea pig shows and competitions all over the world, and many of the contestants are Abbys. Perhaps one of the oldest breeds, the Abyssinian guinea pig has been around for centuries. For whatever reason, someone in England decided to call this breed the Abyssinian guinea pig, and it stuck until today. There is a consensus among guinea pig owners, breeders and behaviorists that this species tend to be very “Mischievous.” And by that, I mean more naughty than all the other breeds. From being in the guinea pig community for so long, everyone seems to agree. My female Abyssinian, Scarlett, learned how to jump back into her guinea pig cage on command. They are slightly harder to care for compared to the other guinea pig breeds, but much easier compared to other small pets. Abyssinian guinea pigs are more vulnerable and can experience many illnesses in their lifetime if you don’t pay close attention to them. If you’re not sure what kind of Abby you have, you can ask a vet or post a picture in the Guinea Pig Forum on this website.

How to Travel on a Plane With a Guinea Pig

Taking your pet guinea pig on a plane can be expensive and subject your furry friend to a lot of stress. If you plan to fly with your guinea pig, check your airline’s pet procedures well in advance and prepare a carrying case that will minimize your animal’s stress during travel. Find out if your airline allows taking your guinea pig as carry-on baggage. The cost of bringing a guinea pig on an American Airlines flight is $125 at time of publication. Hawaii has quarantine restrictions that may prevent you from taking your guinea pig with you when you arrive. Prepare a comfortably sized carrying case with enough space for your guinea pig to move around. If your airline allows travel with rodents, always take your guinea pig as carry-on luggage, since guinea pigs are sensitive to the cold temperatures and loud noises that may be present in the cargo cabin. Place a towel in the carrier to keep it clean and ensure your guinea pig doesn’t get too cold. Provide food and water for your guinea pig during travel. Take your guinea pig out of its carrying case before you go through airport security. Check on your guinea pig during the flight to see if it needs food or water. Don’t take your guinea pig out of its case – the new environment could stress it and it could bolt.

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