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Saying goodbye - options for euthanasia

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Saying goodbye - options for euthanasia

The life expectancy of a pet guinea pig is generally much longer than that of a guinea pig living in the wild. On average a pet guinea pig may live for about 4-8 years and some even survive past that. But at some stage it may become obvious that your guinea pig's life is drawing to a close. It is then that you will need to face that painful and difficult decision.

Talking to friends and family, especially your children, at this difficult time is very important

When is euthanasia necessary?

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What will happen?

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Will my guinea pig suffer?

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Should I be there at the end?

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Should it be done at home or at the vet's surgery?

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Who decides that the time is right for euthanasia?

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How will I feel?

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How will my children cope?

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What happens to the body?

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Should I get another pet?

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