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Accidental female interaction with male

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Hello,
I have a situation that I am concerned about. One of my female guinea Pigs (age 4) accidentally got in a cage for 5 minutes yesterday with a male (around age 6). She has never been pregnant before. Ive had this wonderful herd of pigs for several years and this is the first mistake that has occurred.
my question is what are the odds that she did get pregnant in that 5 minute interaction? I am very concerned about pregnancy complications due to her age. the vet is telling me I would need to wait several weeks before they could even tell if she is pregnant. There has to be a better way to find out early on. Anyone have some expertise in this area? Thanks much!
 

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It will depend on whether she was in season at the time. However, even if she was, there is still no guarantee that he would've done the deed. Many years ago, I had two intact boars escape from their run and into a run with four girls and a neutered boar. It was a run that could be separated with a panel between the two sections and there was a slight indentation in the ground, which enabled them to squeeze through. This happened while I was out and had been away for about 2 hours. I arrived home, made some lunch and went to sit on a bench in the garden to eat it. I suddenly spotted all the piggies in the same side. They were all just pottering around, eating the grass and there was no chasing, mounting or fighting amongst all the boars. In fact it was so peaceful that I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I jumped up, my lunch fell to the ground and I started grabbing the boys out! I was terrified that I could potentially have a number of pregnancies and they were all older sows too. I had a very worrying few weeks, but there wasn't one single pregnancy!
 

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It will depend on whether she was in season at the time. However, even if she was, there is still no guarantee that he would've done the deed. Many years ago, I had two intact boars escape from their run and into a run with four girls and a neutered boar. It was a run that could be separated with a panel between the two sections and there was a slight indentation in the ground, which enabled them to squeeze through. This happened while I was out and had been away for about 2 hours. I arrived home, made some lunch and went to sit on a bench in the garden to eat it. I suddenly spotted all the piggies in the same side. They were all just pottering around, eating the grass and there was no chasing, mounting or fighting amongst all the boars. In fact it was so peaceful that I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I jumped up, my lunch fell to the ground and I started grabbing the boys out! I was terrified that I could potentially have a number of pregnancies and they were all older sows too. I had a very worrying few weeks, but there wasn't one single pregnancy!
Thanks so much for the reply. This is encouraging!
 

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Great news! My 4 year old female Catlet had her ultrasound today and she is not pregnant. She is back home with her Herd and I am more determined than ever to not make a mistake like I did on Jan 4. Thanks everybody for the insight and comments on this post.
I love my Herd (6 pigs total). They are an aging bunch but all appear to be in excellent health and spirits. Never even dreamed of owning a Guinea Pig before I "inherited" this gang. Now I couldn't imagine life without them - these truly are wonderful animals.
Thanks again.
 
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