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I wondered if someone could possibly help me out?

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Bubbles

My first guinea pig Nibbles sadly passed away in November 2005, I miss him so much my little baby boy :'( That's him on my avatar by the way. He had to be put to sleep when he was around three and a half years old but I'm still unsure why. He seemed perfectly happy and healthy but one morning when I went to feed him I noticed he wasn't moving and I realised he couldn't get up at all, he couldn't move his back legs at all so I rushed him to the vet where sadly he had to be put to sleep :'( I still have no clue what was wrong with him though, he was perfectly healthy the day before and then the next day he couldn't even move. I wondered if anyone has any idea of what was possibly wrong with him. The vet said he might have had a fit in the night, but why? Anyone know?
 
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Starflick

Sorry to hear about your wee boy.
The only thing I can think that could have been wrong with him would be maybe he had a stroke?
 
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snugglypig

So sorry for your loss,

I thought the same as Starflick possibly a stroke.

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cavykind

I've had this happen to a couple of my guineas, one my own and another a rescue.

it is said that a lack of calcium can cause paralysis of the back legs, though why this should happen to one guinea pig and not the others (same diet) is something of a mystery. If this is true, then I feel it must be a case of some guineas have more difficulty metabolising calcium than others. One of the guineas responded well to a calcium supplement and was soon back on her feet, the rescue girl failed to respond and like you, we sadly had to have her pts. In both cases their back legs "went" suddenly and there was no history of ill health or trauma.

Of course this may not be relevant to your little one and it may indeed have been something quite different.

Really sorry to hear about your loss, he was a handsome lad and obviously very loved.

Barbara
 
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Am so sorry to hear of your loss.

Unfortunately piggies can't tell us if they are feeling unwell, or you may notice it if you know what you are looking for, and can go down hill vry, very quick ans sudden.

There are many things that could've happened :'(
 
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Very sorry to hear about Nibbles. It's really sad when they die. I've had quite a lot of guineas, some of them have been well into middle age when I've got them and I've not had them long before they die but the only consolation is that they were in safe, comfortable surroundings with lots of good friends and good food and drink. I hope it's like that for me when I go. Remember what a lovely guinea he was and that he had a lovely home.
 
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There area number of things it could have been. If he was still active and dragging his back legs around then a Calcium deficiency is a possibility as the piggie will continue to eat and appear quite happy even when they can't move their legs. This is treatable with high doses of calcium, the piggie can make a full recovery in a few days. I have an old girl here who did this to me last year. I am glad I knew what it was.
Another possibilty is that he had an injury, or a stroke, or he was experiencing a heart problem. The same old girl that had the calcium problem went off her legs again a few weeks ago, but was panting and unhappy this time. It proved to be her heart and a drug to reduce the fluid gathering around it has helped her tremendously.
It could also have been a fit/stroke caused by metabolic imbalances/dehydration due to renal failure.

Poor old lad, I'm sorry you lost him :'(
 
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I lost Fred to this one morning last year, he was paralised at the back, the vet said its possibly calcium problems as already stated and if so calcium tablets are given if no improvemnet happenss then its more likely a stroke, unfortunatly despite critical care Fred did die, which makes me belive it was a stroke
 
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So sad, whatever the cause. I too have lots piggys before there time unexpectedly. One in particular I just found him squeaking in pain and he passed on minutes later at just 4. He was my special pig a bit like your Angel sounds. Looking at your avatar Angel was very handsome. Sorry for your loss
 
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This happened to my first pig. Went to see him one morning, christmas eve, and he was just sitting in the corner couldnt move even offered him dandelion leaves and he wouldnt take them so I knew he wasnt well! Took him to the vet that day and they said they could put him on critical care but he still not make it, so I thought it would be better to put him to sleep.
I was only 15 and I was devastated. His partner pig was really unhappy too.
 
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