Does anyone have any ideas why my guinea pig died? She was pregnant and seemed healthy but went past her due date without giving birth.?
I had a pregnant guinea pig which just died today very suddenly. We had her on a proper diet including alfalfa hay, but she went well past her due date which was over a week ago, still not birthing anything, but acting normal and seemingly healthy. The only noticible difference we notice was that she would drink a lot more water than normal, but still had the same eating habits. We checked on her the night before and found her dead the next morning, so all happening very suddenly and unsuspecting. Are there any ideas of what could have caused the death?? Do you think it dealt with pregnancy complications such as pregnancy toxemia or ketosis? Or perhaps a different issue since there were really no red flags of anything wrong with her beside the abnormal intake of drinking water. Any thoughts on this? Thank you!
Re: Does anyone have any ideas why my guinea pig died?...
How old was she? Going past her due date by a week may not have been the cause (I had a female that delivered two weeks late!), but without a veterinarian doing a post-mortem exam, there's really no way to know. Guinea pigs are very good at hiding health problems until they are critical, so there's a possibility she could have developed ketosis without showing it.
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If this was the other way around, I would say it'd be okay for a couple of days. Hamsters have a pretty advanced digestion system and can get bloaty and sick when fed the wrong things. But never fear if you google hamster food you can find some more ''organic?" supplements until you can make it back to your local store. Rats/Mice on the other hand are made to hoard their food. They don't stuff it in their cheeks, although mine likes to sometimes it seems, they like to hide their food. Doing this they burn more energy and need a higher energy/protein diet.
I don't buy rat food, I make my own. I did the same with my hamster too with the store bought mix. Here's a list from my memory you can give hamsters that you may have around the house.
Granola (Good for teeth!)
Cooked red meat (like hamburger meat)
Shelled almonds (more fun!)
Bread/Toast (My friend made peanut buttered toast for her hammy)
Fish (fully cooked!)
Eggs (Scrambled/Boiled no fried)
Cheese (in moderation)
Mealworms and crickets (you probably don't have these but for future reference :) )
Dog Biscuits (Try to stay away from some high in protein, and it's good for their teeth!)