Guinea Pig heat cycle.
Breed: guinea pig
Age: 3-6 months
my female guinea pig has a swollen vulva which is very red. this happens once every 2-3 weeks . sometimes, it swells up less but, today it has swollen a lot ! what is the problem ??? plz tell me. this is urgent so, plz kindly answer me as soon as possible, PLEASE !
do female guinea pigs menstruate ?
Dr. Marie replied:
Guinea pigs can go into heat every 15-17 days. (For some guinea pigs it is 13-21 days). When a guinea pig is in heat they can show the following signs:
- Increased activity
- Chasing cage mates
- Swaying hips/hind end
- Making a low pitched sound
- Arching her back and then putting her bum up in the air
- Swollen vulva
So, it can be normal to see a swollen vulva on a guinea pig every 2-3 weeks. This swelling should only last 6-12 hours if it is due to a heat.
However, if the vulva is really swollen then there may be something more serious going on. Sometimes a guinea pig can have a swollen vulva, or even a slightly prolapsed vulva (i.e. some of the tissue from inside is sticking out) because of bladder stones, cystic ovaries, a urinary tract infection or a cancer of the reproductive tract.
If you think this is not a normal heat cycle then a vet visit would be the best idea.
Hope all is well!
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