Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig

CARE AND FEEDING

Cage Dimensions*
# of Adults # of Young Length Width Height
Breeding/Lactation 1 male 8 75 cm 60 cm 30 cm
Growing 3 females
Experimental 12 Variable 75 cm 60 cm 30 cm
Feeding Recommendations
Daily Feed Usage Water Requirement Begin Dry Food Consumption
Adult male 35 gm Ad libitum 4-5 days
Pregnant female 35 gm
Environmental Data
Temp. Humidity Light Litter Material
20-25 °C 45-55% 10-12 hrs/day Shredded beet pulp, coarse shavings
or commercial bedding

BIOLOGICAL VALUES

Blood Chemical Composition values are for plasma, except where noted
Water Calcium Sodium Chloride Phosphorus Potassium
93-95 gm/100ml 5.3 mEq/L 145 mEq/L 105 mEq/L 5.3 mg/100ml 7.4 mEq/L
Magnesium Cholesterol Glucose Serum Protein Albumin Globulin
2.3 mg/100ml 21-43 mg/100ml 96 mg/100ml (whole blood) 5.4 gm/100ml 3.2 gm/100ml 2.2 gm/100ml
Oxygen Consumption and Body Temperature
Observed
Weight
Temp-
erature
O2 Con-
sumption
Breathing Rate Heart Beat
460 gm 38.6 °C 0.76 mlO2/gm/hr 90/minute
(69-104)
280/minute
(260-400)
Hematological Values
Whole Blood Vol. (T-1824 dye) Clotting Time RBC Life Span RBC Diameter RBC Rate of
Sedimentation
75 ml/kg 60 sec. 7.1 microns 0.5-1.5 mm/hr
Blood pH RBC Hematocrit Platelets Hb
7.35 4.5-7.0 106/mm³ 42 ml/100ml 522-900 103/mm³ 12.35 gm/100ml
Total and Differential White Blood Cell Counts
Leucocytes Neutros Eosinos Basos Lymphos Monos
10.0 10³/mm³ 4.2 10³/mm³ 0.4 10³/mm³ 0.07 10³/mm³ 4.9 10³/mm³ 0.43 10³/mm³

LIFE CYCLE INFORMATION

Weight
Adult Male
Weight
Adult Female
Weight
at Birth
Breeding
Age
Male Breeding Age Female Estrus
Cycle
1000-1200 gm 850-900 gm 100 gm 3-5 months
500 gm
3-5 months
500 gm
Post-partum
or 16-18 days
Gestation Weaning Age Litter Size Rebreed After
Parturition
Breeding Life Male Breeding Life Female
9-67 days
63 days avg.
10 days
250 gm
1-6
3-4 avg.
Immediately 5 years or longer 4-5 years
Mating Data: Colony: 1 male, 3-10 females
* Refer to the “Guide for the Care and use of Laboratory Animals” — NIH Publication No. 85-23, Revised 1985.
Prepared by the Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418

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