What to do when a guinea pig passes away

What to do when a guinea pig passes away

The unimaginable has happened, and now you’re looking for guidance on what to do next. You may have not expected this to happen, and it can be shocking especially if it’s sudden.

Death is natural and inevitable, even if we don’t really realize it until we lose the ones we love.

We’re sorry for your loss, and it’s important that you allow yourself and your guinea pigs to properly grieve in a healthy way.

Allow your guinea pigs to grieve

Just like humans, guinea pigs have their own personalities and their own reactions to different things, even with things like grief.

In general guinea pigs are herd animals that enjoy companionship, and they need piggy friends in order to thrive.

It’s important for them to understand what has happened to their friend, and to know that they are gone.

When a guinea pig has passed, allow the other piggies to cuddle up to them if they want to and give them at least 30 minutes with the piggy’s body, or however much time it takes for them to realize and understand.

Does your guinea pig need help?

During a difficult time like this, your guinea pigs need all the support and attention they can get. 

It’s important to keep an eye on them and be observant of their personalities and their eating habits in the days following the loss of your other piggy.

The personalities of the remaining guinea pigs may even change a bit in light of the loss, and they may even be less active than usual. 

Reduction of appetite can be normal, but if they stop eating completely, this is cause for concern and you should consult your vet at this point.

What else can you do for your guinea pig?

If your guinea pig had been part of a herd of piggies, then this next bit of advice may not apply to your situation.

For others who only had a close pair of guinea pigs, losing their friend can be quite hard on them. We always like to make sure this is emphasized, but guinea pigs are herd animals. They need each other to live well and happily.

If you’re not in a position where you’re able to adopt another guinea pig, it’s important to give your remaining one extra attention, whether it be in the form of cuddles, extra treats, or even more bonding time with you.

Cremation or Burial

Ultimately, it’s up to you and which you prefer to do with their body. Just be aware of the pet burial laws in your area. For example, in California, you’re not able to bury pets in your own backyard, and especially not close to water sources.

If you want a pet burial, it has to be in a cemetery of some sort. If your pet was euthanized at the vet’s rather than dying naturally, you usually won’t be allowed to bring their body home for burial. Many vets also offer cremation, you just have to ask them for more information on their services in that regard.

There are two kinds of cremation services when it comes to pets. One involves other animals being cremated with yours, and you’re not able to keep the ashes. The other is just an individual cremation, and you’re able to have the ashes sent to you.

How to help yourself

Grief is very real and it takes a toll on your body, no matter who you lose. It’s important to allow yourself to grieve properly and feel all the emotions that come with it. You’ve created this bond and attachment to your piggy, and being sad about your loss is understandable and expected.

Try to stay positive and remember all the good times you had with your piggy, and try to focus on the moments where they were happy and healthy.

What now?

Again, it’s important for both you and your guinea pigs to grieve the loss of your friend. With time it will get easier, but don’t be afraid to reach out for help, whether it’s for you or your guinea pigs.

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32 comments

My Guinea pig,Ginger died a 10 days ago she was murdered by my dog so now I’m extra careful.I’m still sad ,my other Guinea pig Spot that did not die might be I don’t know ,but I got her a friend,Peanut.Right now they are in separate cages because they are still bonding,and I still have to allow spot to grieve the loss of her beloved friend Ginger.

Reagan

Hi Penny – We so sorry for your loss. Losing a beloved pet can be incredibly difficult, and it’s clear that Douglas held a special place in your heart. It’s heartwarming to hear that Jordan is paying his respects to Douglas in his own way. Pets have a way of becoming cherished members of our families, and the bond you shared with Douglas is a testament to that.

Take solace in knowing that Douglas had a loving home and was surrounded by care throughout his life. The memories and joy he brought into your lives will continue to live on in your hearts. Remembering the happy times you shared with Douglas can provide comfort during this difficult time.

Give yourself and Jordan the space to grieve and heal. It’s natural to feel a deep sense of loss when a beloved pet passes away. If you find it helpful, you could consider creating a small memorial for Douglas, such as a photo collage or a special place where you can remember him.

Please accept our condolences for your loss. Rest in peace, Douglas. May his memory bring you comfort and his spirit live on in your hearts.

The GuineaDad Team

Paula

Our guinea pig, Douglas, went to heaven last night. He was approaching 4 years of age…much too young :-( . Douglas was like family, and our younger guinea pig, Jordan, is saying his goodbye to Douglas by sitting next to him. Douglas has his burial today. We will miss him forever.
Rest in peace Douglas, you were a legend!
Feeling heartbroken and I can understand everyones pain in this article.

Penny Victor

My guinea died today I still try to cope he was my everything

Terra

My guinea pig snow 🌨️ she passed away yesterday I need find her burry

Curtina Stephens

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