Pregnant guinea pigs need care and attention to help them through their gestation. Guinea pigs pregnancy normally lasts between 60 and 75 days. Here is our guide to guinea pig pregnancy.
Hopefully your guinea pig is only pregnant because you are responsibly and carefully undertaking guinea pig breeding.
There are a number of signs that a guinea pig is pregnant which will help you find out.
Once you know that your sow in successfully pregnant it's a good idea to supply a calcium supplement a few times a week. There are also supplements like Raspberry Tablets available from pet shops. The best thing to do is seek advice from your vet!
Avoid handling the pregnant guinea pig too much. If you need to remove her from her hutch or cage to clean it, life her gently and provide plenty of support with your hand to her now large underside!
If your pregnant guinea pig normally shares her living quarters with another sow, it's a good idea to put her back in there. If she is the only sow, then she can stay with the boar until about a week before she is due to give birth to her litter. A boar can easily trample on the litter accidentally.
It is important to keep an eye on your pregnant guinea pig. It's always good to ensure you don't notice over-lethargic behaviour, vaginal discharge or dribbling from the mouth. If you see any of these warning signs or anything else of concern, speak to your vet immediately.
When it's time for your guinea pig to give birth it's useful to know what is involved. Trying reading our page about guinea pigs giving birth.