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I've noticed my 3 year old guinea pig, hadn't been eating and drinking as much as she usually does. she has just been sitting in her igloo house and hasn't came out, not even for her favorite treats. and she would usually squeak when she would hear a bag of any sort and she would always purr when i try to love her, now shes just lethargic. this has not been going on for longer then a week and a half, but its it definitely worrying me, is there anything i can do to help her?

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Three years is still a young pig, so it's not likely that she's suffering from old age. Anytime a pig stops eating it's a worry. You aren't really defining lethargic and to me that means she has no energy and doesn't want to move.

Since you don't mention any other pigs I'm making the assumption that there's no chance she's pregnant, is that right? Sometimes sows get that way toward the latter part of their pregnancy, but obviously she'd have to have had some male contact for that to be possible.

I think it would be best for you to take her to a vet. I don't know what part of Nevada you're in but if you're anywhere near Las Vegas there is a couple of very good cavy vets there.  I wish I could give you something more to hold onto but I honestly feel this is a situation that needs professional help.  

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As is sometimes the case, people in urgent need of information have a higher degree of expectation than those of us as experts are able to give. The experts on this site do their best to give the most accurate and responsible answers possible. We ask that you remember that it is not our intention nor place to criticize the professional advice given by your veterinarian, nor is it appropriate for us to comment on the correctness of a diagnosis made by a licensed physician. Our knowledge is experience based. Although many years of breeding and showing cavies gives me a wealth of experience it cannot change the fact that we as experts are not veterinarians and therefore may occasionally have to reject questions that appear to be asking us to criticize advice given by the licensed professional. Having raised and exhibited cavies for many years I have extensive experience in cavy care and husbandry. I currently have an active breeding program for pedigreed show animals but do not encourage backyard breeding for inexperienced owners. Although I don't encourage breeding for fun I'm always happy to answer any questions from an owner who is in sincere need of help. Pet owners wanting to breed should understand that even experienced breeders have litter losses. The mortality rate is high in cavies. The chance for losing both sow and pups is always present, even with experience. Although this is a site for experts to assist owners, there is no expert in any field who has all the answers. The wisest thing a good expert can know is their limitations. Not having an answer does not diminish one's ability or knowledge. It simply shows that we recognize our limitations and operate within them.

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Raised and shown cavies for many years, having aquired my first cavies in the early 1970's as pets. My caviary currently handles 65 + animals in two different breeds and several varieties. Having been in the health care industry as a licensed nurse for 35 years I have hands on experience with care and needs in both humans and cavies. Member of American Rabbit Breeders Association and American Cavy Breeders Association.

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Awarded Lifetime Membership in of one of the oldest cavy clubs in the United States, on whose Board I served as Sec/Treas for six years and currently serving as President. Also editor/publisher of the club's quarterly newsletter. We are strong supporters of our youth exhibitors, most of whom are 4H members who are working on cavy projects. Through these projects they become good responsible citizens. We deal with all aspects of showing, breeding, caring for and sharing experiences in the fancy. The cavy fancy is not a new one but in some areas is still relatively unknown. Our goal is to inspire interest in high quality, responsible breeding to improve the species, not just the reproduction of guinea pigs. Our job is to educate owners to help them make the right decisions and choices in the care of their cavies.

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Graduate in nursing. Certified in emergency medicine.

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