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Guinea Pig Miscarriage Please Help!

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Hello,
My little guinea pig just had a miscarriage yesterday and it came to me as a shock because I wasn't aware she was a "she" when I got her and her companion from a pet shop I took them to a local vet who has a specialty on exotic animals and the vet sexed them, the vet said it was 2 males just like I wanted it to be and it all went fine until a couple of days she started to feel wrong and suddenly I woke up to yesterday finding an unborn dead fetus.
I have no clue when she got pregnant by her companion so I wouldn't know how many weeks she was into the pregnancy but the fetus was somewhat well formed, it was hairless but you could already see the formation of nails and the whiskers, she's been acting real weird recently as she is no longer a really active/happy guinea pig and I'm really scared for her health, both of my guinea pigs are about 9 months old as the vet told me, and I want to know if she can be depressed or what should with her?

I don't have that much money as I am somewhat independent and take care of them of my own and I'd like for her to get back to her happy times, could it be that something is wrong inside of her because of the miscarriage or could it be some type of depression? Someone please advice!

(I've also kept both guineas separated but next to each other, I really wouldn't want for her to be pregnant again specially since I never wanted guinea pigs of different genders)
 

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Hello,
My little guinea pig just had a miscarriage yesterday and it came to me as a shock because I wasn't aware she was a "she" when I got her and her companion from a pet shop I took them to a local vet who has a specialty on exotic animals and the vet sexed them, the vet said it was 2 males just like I wanted it to be and it all went fine until a couple of days she started to feel wrong and suddenly I woke up to yesterday finding an unborn dead fetus.
I have no clue when she got pregnant by her companion so I wouldn't know how many weeks she was into the pregnancy but the fetus was somewhat well formed, it was hairless but you could already see the formation of nails and the whiskers, she's been acting real weird recently as she is no longer a really active/happy guinea pig and I'm really scared for her health, both of my guinea pigs are about 9 months old as the vet told me, and I want to know if she can be depressed or what should with her?

I don't have that much money as I am somewhat independent and take care of them of my own and I'd like for her to get back to her happy times, could it be that something is wrong inside of her because of the miscarriage or could it be some type of depression? Someone please advice!

(I've also kept both guineas separated but next to each other, I really wouldn't want for her to be pregnant again specially since I never wanted guinea pigs of different genders)
I am very sorry for the unexpected miscarriage. Please remove her from her make companion asap so she cannot become pregnant again. Sows come into season within hours of giving birth.

Please have her seen a by vet; the strange behaviour is not usual.
 

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Hi, if you are in the UK we have a vet locator in the top bar. Its not exhaustive but it does list the vets and practices where members have noted they have been cavy savvy. Unfortunately not all vets are experienced with guinea pigs and not all exotic vets either! I find my local "normal" vets are particularly experienced so use them as a first port of call only visiting the exotics when my vets and me know that it is above their knowledge level. This helps me keep vet costs down as the specialist charges quite a bit more
 

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Hi,
Small update; I took my guinea to the vet and turns out she is still pregnant with another live baby but my female guinea has recently grown weak and started eating less so the vet said that if she doesn't give birth real soon we'll have to induce the birth otherwise both the mother and baby will die. Does anyone know the stages of development of a baby fetus guinea pig by any chance? I mean the abortion looked ok, he had developed nails and whiskers but didn't had any fur yet, I want to know approximately how much time could be left on a normal guinea pig pregnancy
 

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Hi,
Small update; I took my guinea to the vet and turns out she is still pregnant with another live baby but my female guinea has recently grown weak and started eating less so the vet said that if she doesn't give birth real soon we'll have to induce the birth otherwise both the mother and baby will die. Does anyone know the stages of development of a baby fetus guinea pig by any chance? I mean the abortion looked ok, he had developed nails and whiskers but didn't had any fur yet, I want to know approximately how much time could be left on a normal guinea pig pregnancy
I am very sorry for your quandary, but I guess that you will take your chances in order to save mum. Mum not being well is very worrying. :(

Please start syringe feeding and watering mum asap. You can mush up pellets in an emergency, but ask your vet whether he has recovery formula for herbivores. You may need to prep the syringe as shown in our guide. Syringes are available from a pharmacy. Complete Syringe Feeding Guide
 

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I am very sorry for your quandary, but I guess that you will take your chances in order to save mum. Mum not being well is very worrying. :(

Please start syringe feeding and watering mum asap. You can mush up pellets in an emergency, but ask your vet whether he has recovery formula for herbivores. You may need to prep the syringe as shown in our guide. Syringes are available from a pharmacy. Complete Syringe Feeding Guide
Thanks for the help, will try it out tho she hasn't stopped eating she just reduced it, and also my vet recommended me to try and feeding her a "energetic supplement" called nutrí-plus gel. Any thoughts on that gel? Should I try it out or test something else out
 

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Thanks for the help, will try it out tho she hasn't stopped eating she just reduced it, and also my vet recommended me to try and feeding her a "energetic supplement" called nutrí-plus gel. Any thoughts on that gel? Should I try it out or test something else out
No, you can try the supplement! Fingers very firmly crossed! We are sadly still very limited when it comes to things going wrong during pregnancy and birth. :(
 

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No, you can try the supplement! Fingers very firmly crossed! We are sadly still very limited when it comes to things going wrong during pregnancy and birth. :(
Hi again, I really appreciate the help you've been providing. I've been feeding her with a syringe mushy pellets however the link you sent me doesn't talk about mushing any type of fruit or veggie. Think it would be all right to mush up a veggie or fruit like a cucumber for example to help her out to stay healthy until tomorrow when I'll take her to the vet?
 

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Hi again, I really appreciate the help you've been providing. I've been feeding her with a syringe mushy pellets however the link you sent me doesn't talk about mushing any type of fruit or veggie. Think it would be all right to mush up a veggie or fruit like a cucumber for example to help her out to stay healthy until tomorrow when I'll take her to the vet?
Yes, it would be alright, as long as you keep in mind that 80% of the food intake needs to be fibre. Rather give some vitamin C extra - dissolve it in 1 ml of water and then syringe.
 

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Aw best of luck to you and your piggies! Fingers crossed!
 

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How is your piggy doing? Has she had her baby yet? Hope both are okay x
Well it seems like the vet misread the ultrasound because no baby ever came out (she did warned us she didn't had much experience using the ultrasound) I took care of her and she slowly regained her energy and her body mass however she became much more of a paranoid guinea and doesn't really like to be touched and always tries to take her food and seek shelter. i reintroduced her to her playtime with the male guinea however I keep an eye on them all the time cuz I don't want another pregnancy incident. She does seem to have a small hard lump around her sexual organs area but the vet said it's really nothing that needs immediate medical attention so I'm saving up some money so she can have a surgery and remove the lump.
 

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I wouldn't let your two guinea pigs play together even with supervision because it's likely to stress them out. Have you thought of having him neutered? Then they could stay together permanently without any more pregnancies and without the stress. I hope she gets better. ;)
 

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I wouldn't let your two guinea pigs play together even with supervision because it's likely to stress them out. Have you thought of having him neutered? Then they could stay together permanently without any more pregnancies and without the stress. I hope she gets better. ;)
Yeah I am going to get her neutured, the vet recommended getting her neutured to reduce posible cancer chances and also because as her miscarriage wasn't due to an infection or a known cause maybe there's something wrong internally, however I don't have much money so I'm saving some up so i can afford the surgery she needs and getting her neutured at the same time saving me a bit of money. :) and as of their playtime together I did take in consideration that he could stress her out and until now they get along fine and he hasn't attempted to have sex with her yet. They've been together since birth so keeping them apart at least stresses out my male Guinean pig.
 

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Please don't have them together under any circumstances.. it only takes a second and your little girl may not be lucky enough to survive another pregnancy.

I'm sorry for your loss but I can't stress enough NOT to let the two pigs together.

Has the other been sexed properly by another vet since the first one was wrong?
 
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