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My Guinea Pig Died So Young

lucyjane123

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So earlier my guinea pig George aged 3 died suddenly. He was absolutely fine yesterday until this morning when he refused to eat. We booked him a vets appointment for later as my mum was at work all day. I came downstairs to hearing him making a wheezing noise as well as howling and hiding away in his box. My mum rushed back but by the time she got here, she found him dead. Does anyone know what could have caused this? He's had stomach problems in the past that the vet treated so that could possibly be something to do with it, but he's been fine for ages and he's so young? So sad.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss, it is impossible to tell what caused him to pass I am afriad. guinea Pigs are prey animals so unfortunately hide illness very well. I am really sorry
 

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I’m so sorry to hear that you lost George so suddenly.
Unfortunately piggies can be unwell but hide any sign of illness from us.
You had made a Vets appointment so had tried to do your best for him.
Can’t really surmise the illness that overcame him - only the Vet would be able to find out the problem via a Post-mortem.
Don’t think that you should put yourself through that as it won’t change the outcome.
Yes he was young but we have all lost piggies of all ages over our years of caring for animals. Just remember that you loved him and did your best to look after him. Take care, Janice x
 

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Hi and welcome!

I am very sorry that it is under such sad circumstances.

Unfortunately, only a post mortem examination by a vet may give you answers. We can only guess as much as you do.

It is likely that the death is in some way connected to the underlying isse that has caused his eating problems. Guinea pigs can unfortunately go downhill extremely quickly. I assume that you have had him seen by a vet over what could have caused the eating issues?

We all would love to see our guinea pigs live a long life span, but that is not always possible. It is out of our control when and what from a beloved one - whether that is a pet or a human - dies.

The important part is that you look after and cherish your guinea pigs while you have them in your life. It is the quality that counts more than the length of life.

Please do not feel like you have failed your piggy; you have done what any good owner should see - book a vet appointment as soon as you notice that something is seriously wrong.

You are welcome to post a tribute to your boy in our Rainbow Bridge section if or whenever it feels right for you.

If he has a mate, here are tips what you can do for the companion: Looking After A Bereaved Guinea Pig
 

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So sorry for your loss. It’s such a shock when you lose a much loved piggy. But you clearly did your best and had a vets appointment booked. Sometimes sadly we just can’t save them.
 

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I am so sorry to hear you have lost your dear George.
It's so hard when we loose a loved one.
Welcome to the forum, I'm sorry it's under such sad circumstances.
 

Freela

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately guinea pigs can get sick and go downhill very quickly. Unfortunately you may not ever know exactly what the cause was, but things like respiratory infections, heart failure (even in younger pigs), or bloat can strike very quickly. ((HUGS.)) I know it's hard, especially out of the blue with a young piggie.
 
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