All Things Guinea Pig: Breeding Info
After taking into consideration the risks faced by a pregnant guinea pig, even in the hands of someone with experience, non-breeding girls will likely live longer due to the reduced risk imposed on them throughout their lives. Every mammal pregnancy risks the life of the mother – none so much as a guinea pig with their incredibly well developed young. Obviously if all breeding of guinea pigs stopped the species would become extinct and we definitely do not want that. My advice is to learn AS MUCH as you can now – before the ‘big day’ arrives, or before you make the move to house male and female guinea pigs together. More than enough for one little guinea pig! If your guinea pig has not handled pregnancy, birth or nursing very well then it is best not to place her in that situation again. The most experienced guinea pig owners may be able to keep a baby alive through hand-feeding for a few days, but inevitably most of these babies will pass away. Something about the smell/hormones from a birthing guinea pig can prematurely bring on the labour of other pregnant guinea pigs if they are housed in close proximity to the birth-in-progress. A guinea pig’s pelvic bone will open to approx 2-fingers width when she is about to have her babies. Guinea pigs can miscarry their babies in some stressful situations or cases of poor mother/foetal health. The guinea pig is trying to keep the area as clean and odour-free as possible so as not to alert predators that she has just given birth. Guinea pigs can also accidentally injure their young when giving birth. Many perfectly healthy babies can die because a mother is inexperienced or distracted when cleaning her babies following delivery, and doesn’t remove the sack membrane from the baby’s face quickly enough. Be VERY careful about pairing up male and female guinea pigs with any roan hair in their coat. In general, guinea pig pregnancy and birth come with some significant risks. Breeding guinea pigs can be an incredibly magical experience, but more often than not it can also be heartbreakingly tragic.
Georgia Department of Public Health
Rabies is a viral disease of mammals, usually occurring among wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. The rabies virus travels from the site of the bite up through the nerves until it reaches the brain, causing encephalopathy and ultimately death. In the United States, rabies occurs primarily in wild mammals. Rabies is rare in small rodents such as squirrels, rabbits, beavers, chipmunks, rats and mice, muskrats, hamsters, gerbils, porcupines and guinea pigs. Rarely, rabies is spread when infectious material from a rabid animal, such as saliva, comes into contact with mucus membranes such as the eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound. Early symptoms of rabies in humans are non-specific and may include fever, headache, and general malaise. The length of time between the bite and the symptoms of rabies depends on the strain of rabies virus, how much rabies virus was introduced into the wound, and the distance from the site of the bite to the brain. There is no known, effective treatment for rabies once the symptoms of the illness have developed. Rabies can be prevented in humans if medical care is sought soon after an exposure to the rabies virus. The rabies pre-exposure vaccine regimen is recommended for persons such as rabies research and laboratory workers, spelunkers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, kennel workers, animal control and wildlife personnel, and taxidermists. People traveling to parts of the world where canine rabies is endemic should also consider the vaccine. Your doctor can consult with the Georgia Poison Center to decide whether postexposure human rabies immune globulin and vaccine are recommended for this bite. Under certain circumstances a domestic animal may be placed under quarantine and observed to see if it develops symptoms of rabies. The Georgia Poison Center is available for rabies consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week:Atlanta 404-616-9000, statewide 800-282-5846. Information can also be obtained from local health departments and animal rabies control officers.
How to Do Easy, 10 Minute Weekly Guinea Pig Health Checks
The question is: How can someone who loves their guinea pig so much miss such a marked decrease in appetite? How can a lump get so big without being noticed? By adding a 10-minute health check to your guinea pig’s weekly care routine of nail trimming and ear cleaning, you can get familiar with its body so that abnormal growths, changes in behavior and other potentially fatal health issues are caught – and treated – early. When performing a weekly health check, be gentle! Guinea pigs are naturally skittish and they are especially wary of humans rubbing their hands and fingers over their tender piggy parts. To reduce movement when preforming health checks on squirmy guinea pigs, wrap them loosely in a towel or hold them close to you on your lap. Keeping a detailed health chart for your guinea pig will come in handy the next time you’re headed to the vet. If your guinea pig lives with a cage mate, check for bite marks for signs of overt aggression. Indications of overgrown incisors can indicate that your guinea pig has stopped eating, which can signify an underlying health condition. Common causes for feet stores include overweight guinea pigs, guinea pigs that sit a lot due to advanced age or arthritis. By keeping a weight chart for each guinea pig, you can track his or her health and easily notice a problem before health issues become health catastrophes. Get familiar with how much water your guinea pig(s) consume(s); every guinea pig is different. Check to see if your guinea pig is behaving normally. Guinea pigs can’t keep track of their own health. The more you perform these weekly health checks, the more familiar you will become with what’s “Normal” for your guinea pig and what isn’t. The best part? The next time you visit the vet for your guinea pig’s annual checkup, you’ll be prepared when asked, “Have you noticed anything unusual going on with your guinea pig?”. Your vet will love you, your guinea pig will be happier and healthier, and your wallet will stay a lot fuller because critical health issues will be caught early.