When should guinea pigs be neutered?
Rabbits and guinea pigs are prolific breeders. Spaying and neutering prevents breeding, helping keep the population in check. The best age to spay and neuter is 4-12 months. The procedure is usually that you drop your pet off to a qualified veterinarian in the morning and they go home that night.
Should I get male or female guinea pigs?
As long as it is healthy, happy and friendly, you won’t go wrong choosing either a boy or a girl guinea pig. But, if you are thinking about getting a pair, or adding a new piggie to your existing herd, choosing a boar or a sow is a significant decision. Remember, though, cavies are social animals.
Are guinea pigs happy alone?
To summarise, a guinea pig can live alone, but ideally shouldn’t. This is because they are social animals that want and need the companionship of other guinea pigs. A piggy on its own requires a lot of care and interaction, which is why experts recommend keeping at least two guinea pigs together.
What happens to a guinea pig when it is neutered?
Neutering or ‘spaying’ a female involves removing the womb and ovaries (an ovariohysterectomy). Neutering or ‘castrating’ the male involves the removal of the testicles. The vet usually makes a small incision on each scrotum and surgically removes the testicles from within.
What kind of vet should I See to neuter my guinea pig?
Most cat and dog vets should NOT do a guinea pig neuter. You need to find a vet who has done quite a few guinea pig neuters AND has a high success rate doing them. Guinea pigs are usually seen by what is referred to as an “exotic” or small animal vet.
Can a male guinea pig live with a female guinea pig?
Guinea pigs are social creatures, but sometimes, a male guinea pig won’t get along with other males. If that’s the case, you’ll need to neuter your male guinea pig so he can live with females. Neutering your male guinea pig will keep him from getting your females pregnant.
When to house a male guinea pig after surgery?
Provide a separate living area for your guinea pig during its recovery. You will have to wait at least 4-6 weeks until you can house your male with a female as it takes time for the viable sperm to die off. A recently neutered guinea pig still has the risk of impregnating a female. Take good care of your guinea pig prior to surgery.