We bought our Guinea pig ealier this week and we've been handling her not realizing she was pregnant. This morning when we woke up she had given birth to two dead babies. There was lots of blood and we need to know what we should do to nurse her back to health. Also if our handling made her miscarry in the first place.
Optional Information: Age: <1; Female; Breed: Guinea Pig
Hello and thanks for researching this very important question!
I doubt very much that careful handling is to blame for this unfortunate turn of events...rough play or squeezing can potentially harm unborn young.
Guinea pigs, like people, can miscarry for a variety of reasons, including: stress, poor nutrition, developmental defects in the babies, viral infections, and hormonal problems.
The bleeding does concern me...you might want to have this little one examined by a veterinarian who is familiar with GP medicine to make sure that she is not in an emergency condition at this time:
http://www.cavyinfo.com/html/vet.htm http://www.aracnet.com/cgi-usr/seagull/vetfinder.cgi http://cavyspirit.com/vets.htm
Please make sure to offer he a diet rich in vitamins C and K at this time, to help get her back on her feet...the best quality vitamin C supplements can be found at the regular pharmacy (pediatric liquid--20mg daily for 2 weeks, then 10mg daily thereafter). Vitamin K is found in dark greens, like kale and spinach--small amounts daily. Her regular food pellets should be labelled for GPs (not rabbits), and fresh Alfalfa Hay can be offered to increase her protein intake.
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