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why do all my guinea pigs die around the age on 2 years old and have seizures before death?


cdubnbird5 years ago
you need to include more information. if the sex was known of the guinea pigs and as much of a genealogy as you can remember (i.e. son 1 had seizures, father of son 1 had seizures, mother of son 1 did not have seizures; son 2 (of second parent set) did not have seizures...and so on). Anyways using that you can determine a. if it is genetic (which i think is highly likely) b. if it is sex linked c. if it is recessive or dominant and d. if the gene is epistatic
Goodhart5 years ago
I have had 2 guinea pigs die from having seizures, & a third one had to be put down, because his seizures got so violent. Without extensive gene study, it may be very hard to determine the cause of tremors or seizures. Our vet. a seasoned guinea pig owner herself, has seen it, and is not able to pinpoint the exact cause. There are a few probable causes however. #1: Guinea pigs (cavies) sold in the USA are, for the most part, descendant from LAB cavies that have had certain diseases and conditions inbred into them. It doesn't come out all the time, but can from time to time, especially with interbred store cavies. Thus, it could be a form of epilepsy. Also, this is a good reason to find a shelter that has been taking in cavies, and rescue one from them (our local Humane League is a good source). #2: although normally benign, occasionally a cavy gets small tumors, especially along the spine. These can sometimes be of no account, or sometimes they press on different portions of the spine and ergo, loss of motor skills occurs in parts of the body below that point. For those that occur higher up, closer to the base of the skull, tremors can result. #3: although it is not always absolutely clear what causes these tremors, in cavies or humans, a diet too rich in calcium can be a bad thing (stay away from alfalfa hay, timothy hay is best). #4: last and final thing that I can think of at the moment, old age. If the cavies you have been getting are not recently born and weaned from Mom, then they could be older then you think. They rarely live longer then 5-7 years, and so, are fully grown before the first year is up. A large cavy may be between 2 & 5 years of age, with little ability to determine just how old it really is.