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Guinea pig put to sleep today ��

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BlueBrightFuture · 03/09/2015 20:31

All looked fine yesterday and this morning we found her in her indoor hutch on her side twitching but other than that she was not moving much. I have put her on a towel and took her to the vet to put her to sleep as I did not want her to suffer for hours or however long it could have taken for her to die. She was 6 years old this summer. We still have her sister. Will keep an eye on her for a few days and see how she goes but find it sad to see her on her own. At the same time I don't really want to get another one.

So what do I do now?


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70isaLimitNotaTarget · 03/09/2015 21:02

Oh very Sad.
6 is a pretty good age for guinea-pigs and it sounds like your piggie was peaceful at the end (it is awful to see them twitch. Our GP3 had the 'lying on his side' in the last few hours and DD said he had a mild fit in his last seconds. TBH , once they are like that they don't really know what's going on, they've sort of 'gone' )
Did the vet have any ideas as to what was wrong ? They can go quickly and sometimes with no apparent cause. Maybe just 'time'?

Your lone sow would be tricky to pair up (sows aren't always accepting of intruders) and as if you say you don't want an ongoing carousel of piggies.......

Whatever you decide , she needs a few days on her own to grieve. They miss their cagemate but they need to realise that they've gone.
Did you bring your pig home? Can you put her in with her sister, overnight?

You might decide in the next few days that a companion is needed. (I have three and I visualise myself getting an old pig when I'm down to my last one to have some sort of Cavy Darby'n'Joan club. But it won't ever end will it)

If she's indoors she'll have the noise and chatter of the household.

Step carefully across The Rainbow Bridge guinea Sad

BlueBrightFuture · 03/09/2015 21:37

The vet said that it was just a case of old age. I did not bring her home because I think it would have been to upsetting for DD if she were to be dug up by a fox in the garden. I had her cremated and will collect her in about a week than DD can put ashes in the garden. I bought some new toys for the remaining Piggy so hopefully this will distract her at least for a while. Will see how she goes over the next few days.. Hopefully she will be fine on her own if not will probably try to find a companion in a rescue centre. Thing is that both were from the same litter so they have never been alone. Really miss the squeaking Sad

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987flowers · 05/09/2015 18:43

Oh that's sad Sad.

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