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TisPigeon

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Hi, I'm not a native English speaker so sorry if I screw the grammar or something.
I bought my 2 Guinea pigs on October, almost November, I remember seeing that both were females, but now in January I've been noticing that molotov, one of my guineas, is kind of big and pear shaped, something that I read is a pregnancy symptom more than fat symptom. Or is it maybe just her body natural shape? I'll take her to the vet, but anyways I just wanted to check before to be more calm or more certain. Here are some pics of her, thanks in advance to all of you.20200112_121713.jpg20200112_121707.jpg
 

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Hi, I'm not a native English speaker so sorry if I screw the grammar or something.
I bought my 2 Guinea pigs on October, almost November, I remember seeing that both were females, but now in January I've been noticing that molotov, one of my guineas, is kind of big and pear shaped, something that I read is a pregnancy symptom more than fat symptom. Or is it maybe just her body natural shape? I'll take her to the vet, but anyways I just wanted to check before to be more calm or more certain. Here are some pics of her, thanks in advance to all of you.View attachment 130931View attachment 130932

Hi and welcome

Unfortunately we cannot diagnose a pregnancy just from a picture without a hands-on examination. It is basically just a guessing game and not what you need!

Here is what you can and should do:

1) Please double check the gender of your companion to see whether you have a boar or a sow. Mis-sexing of guinea pigs is sadly not at all uncommon. If you have indeed got a boar, you need to remove him immediately. Sows come into season again within hours of giving birth and the last thing you want to deal with is a second riskier back-to-back pregnancy!
Your boar can live in another cage next to your sow for mutual company, as long as he cannot get to her. He won't be happy at all for the first few days, but unlike your sow, his life is not danger!
Here is the link to our illustrated sexing guide: Illustrated Sexing Guide

2) Any sow that could be potentially pregnant needs to be treated as such until you are very sure she isn't. A first pregnancy lasts on average about 10 weeks. Sows start putting on weight during the last third of their pregnancy, so you shouldn't have that long a wait as you are likely somewhere in that period if your sow is suddenly going wide.
Please take the time to carefully read through our information link. This is important because we cannot tell you everything you need to know in just three words.
We have made our guides as practical, helpful and comprehensive as possible. They have been specially written for people with no experience and an unplanned pregnancy or surprise babies. Please bookmark them and look them up whenever you need more information!
Here is the link: Pregnancy & Baby Care Guide's

3) The most important thing you can do for a pregnant sow and any babies is a good quality grass hay based diet with a with a few small extras in the last 3 weeks. Please follow our diet advice at the top of our pregnancy link in the previous paragraph. that is by far the best pregnancy preparation you can make so you can maximise the survival chances and minimise the risk of birthing complications that you can influence.

4) Can you please add your country to location in your account details so we can tailor any advice to what is available or relevant where you are straight away. You access your account details by clicking on your username on the top bar.

5) This thread is now your specially monitored support thread. Please keep any questions, concerns and updates to this one thread so we can keep all information together for as long as necessary and can give you exactly the help that you need in your specific situation until you do not longer need it.
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