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Normal reproduction

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Breeding

  • First breeding should be prior to 6 months of age (pelvic symphysis fusion) or the sow may have problems delivering the young, eg dystocia Dystocia, caesarean section Caesarean section.
  • Cycling described as polyestrous with spontaneous ovulation.
  • Following mating, a vaginal mucus plug will form which is shed within the next day. The sow may eat this.
  • Sow may double weight during pregnancy.
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Birthing

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Suckling

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Effective breeding programs

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Johnson-Delaney C (1996) Guinea Pigs. In: Exotic Companion Medicine Handbook for Veterinarians. Eds: Jonhson-Delaney C & Harrison L R. Wingers Publishing, USA. pp 5.

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