Posted by AnimalsForever on Date: Feb 15th, 2012 10:43
My Guinea Pig Died today and we found her lying on the floor in her cage. The other Guinea Pig was alive and looks Happy. They live in our garage but the cage is well insulated with towels all around. They have vegatables and Water daily with hay and bedding. We have no idea how she died and we do not want the other Guinea Pig to die. She was 17/18 months old.There were no apparent signs and we just fear for the other guinea pigs life. Are there any things we did wrong, do we need to change something. Please help as we do not want another loss of such a precious life. We found her dead, but still warm, why? Thank you ever so much. Olivia.
Posted by penquinsfan on Date: Feb 16th, 2012 15:10
It could have been a number of things.
First of all, rodents do not have a particularly long lifespan so while this is on the young side, it could have been just a natural expiration, particularly if she had no marks or wounds.
It could have been a defect that you were unaware of.
It could have been an intestinal blockage, although if this were the case you would probably have noticed that she had stopped pooping.
It could have been bad batch of bedding.
I could go on and on but the bottom line is, it happens. These things don't live that long.
I am not sure if you were asking this but the reason you found the body still warm was because she hadn't been dead for very long.
If you are concerned about the other pig, make a 'wellness' appointment with your vet and have the vet give it a once-over.
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