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I adopted a year old guinea pig from a national chain pet store 3 weeks ago.  Samantha had been turned back in to the store as one of the owners had developed "allergies" so I was told.  She is so sweet and loving so I adopted her with the understanding that she was not pregnant.  I questioned the store as she was very fat.  We are now very concerned that she is indeed pregnant and is too old to safely give birth.  She has prominent nipples and just looks pregnant.  She is adorable, loving, very very sweet.  We have all fallen in love with her.  Please advise.  Thank you very much.

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try not to panic too much, if she is pear shape then it is quite likely, in all liklihood she will be fine in birth, but it might be a good idea to have a vet check her over and definatley a good idea to find a guinea pig friendly vetiner clinic so when she goes into labour you can take her there IF any complications seem to be arising.

all of that aside good luck and congrads

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I can answer most questions on breeding rearing and housing, though I would like to stress now that unless someone is wishing to keep all the offspring produced I do not support breeding. I have reasonable experience with illnesses and can offer a few remedies. I have a high level of knowledge on handling, social habits, herding and dietry requirements, as well as being able to deliver a crash course in their natural habitat if people wish to know.

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I have owned guinea pigs for several years and was formerly a fosterer for a rescue home and as such have experience with common illnesses, pairing, constructing and managing housing and of course handling (also having just moved I am going to resume a rescue role shortly) and have in the past bred them.

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I am a member of the Cavy Club website.

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I do not possess any credentials in this area other than charitable work, but I have worked with what must be hundreds of guinea pigs in the past and as such have learned a lot about the little blighters!

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