Please think very carefully before taking on a pet. Can you give it a home for life? Can you afford all the costs such as vets bills? Can you afford vaccinations? Flea and worming treatments? All these things must be taken into consideration before getting your pet. What if your circumstances change? What happens when your children get bored with it? Will you then take on the responsibility? So many animals end up in rescue centres due to bored children and marital break ups.
PLEASE NEVER BUY A PET JUST BECAUSE IT LOOKS CUTE OR APPEARS LONELY IN A PET SHOP!
It is much kinder to give an animal from a rescue centre a second chance rather than encouraging breeding by buying from pet shops.
Think very carefully, Buy and read a specialised book so you have a good all round knowledge of the needs of the animal. Then keep the book to hand so you can refer to it as and when you need to. Books with glossy pictures might appear wonderful but you need proper clear information!
Please NEVER buy opposite sexes of animals and keep them together (Unless they are spayed/neutered) THEY WILL BREED! and there are enough unwanted animals on the earth as it is!
Why You Shouldn't Breed From Your Guinea Pig
So you want to breed from your guinea pig?
Please stop and read this first!!
The sad and simple fact is that there are already too many guinea pigs being bred and too few caring, permanent, pet homes available. At the time I write this, I have guinea pigs waiting patiently at my home for that special person to come along. Many more sit forlornly in rescue centres up and down the country, indeed throughout the world. This isn't just a problem in the UK. Do you really want to be responsible for adding to the problem?
Ask yourself the following:
Are you willing to risk the life of your female guinea pig?
Most guinea pig pregnancies are uneventful. Pregnancy and birth are the most natural things in the world. However, things can and do go wrong. Sows can die before, during and after delivery. A baby may be stillborn, as indeed may the whole litter. Are you prepared do deal with this? How will you feel if your pet dies? Because if you planned the litter, you will only have yourself to blame. I would never risk a much loved pet in this way.
Have you put money aside to deal with emergency vet bills that may occur?
If your sow develops toxaemia and becomes ill, are you willing to take her to a vet at any time day or night? Do you have the funds to pay for an emergency cesarean section if needed? The cost for such surgery in my area is about 80.00 -90.00 Add an emergency call out fee of 80.00 if your sow gets into difficulty overnight and you are looking at a vet bill of about 160.00+. Are you, or your parents willing or able to pay this?
If the sow dies, do you have the time and skill to hand rear her offspring?
Hand rearing any baby animal is very time-consuming and there is no guarantee the young will survive. Would you know what to do? Could you make this commitment? How would you feel if you lost the babies too?
Do you have responsible people waiting to offer a home to the babies when they arrive?
Your guinea pig may have up to six little ones, will you really be able to find caring, forever homes for all of them. People who will provide the care and attention these animals need for possibly the next seven years? I find it incredibly hard to find ONE such home, do you think you will find it any easier? Taking them to the local pet store, to a guinea pig show or selling them in the local "free ad paper" is not the way to place these little babies.
Will you take the babies back at any time, if the home doesn't work out?
You bred these babies, they are your responsibility. Will you take the time to follow up their progress and ensure that they are still loved and cared for throughout their lifetime? Or will you pass them on and hope for the best? Many owners lose interest when their pets reach around the age of six month to a year. Will you have the space to take these youngsters back, access them and find them new homes? Please be a responsible pet owner and do not add to the already massive number of unwanted animals languishing in rescue centres in the UK and throughout the world. Why not simply cherish your pets and allow them to live out their lives as pampered piggies! My anti-breeding sentiments are the result of over fourteen years active involvement with local animal welfare. The guinea pigs I have at the moment were all bred by someone. Where are those people now? These people neither know nor care that their guinea pigs young have ended up with a rescue group. If you already breed.....perhaps one is yours?