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Does anyone have any ideas why my guinea pig died? She was pregnant and seemed healthy but went past her due date without giving birth.?

I had a pregnant guinea pig which just died today very suddenly. We had her on a proper diet including alfalfa hay, but she went well past her due date which was over a week ago, still not birthing anything, but acting normal and seemingly healthy. The only noticible difference we notice was that she would drink a lot more water than normal, but still had the same eating habits. We checked on her the night before and found her dead the next morning, so all happening very suddenly and unsuspecting. Are there any ideas of what could have caused the death?? Do you think it dealt with pregnancy complications such as pregnancy toxemia or ketosis? Or perhaps a different issue since there were really no red flags of anything wrong with her beside the abnormal intake of drinking water. Any thoughts on this? Thank you!

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How old was she? Going past her due date by a week may not have been the cause (I had a female that delivered two weeks late!), but without a veterinarian doing a post-mortem exam, there's really no way to know. Guinea pigs are very good at hiding health problems until they are critical, so there's a possibility she could have developed ketosis without showing it.

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