Princess Piggy Poo thump-thump

Guinea pigs’ tiny hearts beat from 200 to 300 times each minute, according to the Merck Veterinary Manual. And, that’s their resting heart rate. Your resting heart rate should be between 60 and 100, even lower if you’re athletic. I don’t have a way to listen and count Princess Piggy Poo’s heartbeats, but she sure seems calm for a creature with a racing heart.

Princess Piggy Poo Thump

Seriously, for a prey animal that runs to hide at the slightest movement, Princess Piggy Poo is one chill cavy. Her breathing is steady and, when I hold her, I don’t feel the rat-a-tat-tat that I imagine 200 beats a minute would feel like.

Princess Piggy Poo is proof that living a stress-free life is good for the heart. She has organic food delivered to her and hugs and kisses showered on her several times daily. There’s the safe haven of her hiding house when she need it. She can’t even imagine that every guinea pig isn’t living the good life that she is.

Maybe sometime I’ll borrow a stethoscope and give a good listen to Princess Piggy Poo’s heart. I wouldn’t be surprised if her heartbeats are fewer than mine.

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One Response to Princess Piggy Poo thump-thump

  1. kramer says:

    WOW!! That is a surprisingly high heart rate for a seemingly tiny heart!! I wonder what causes it to be like that? While she certainly is living the good life of the beautiful Princess Piggy Poo she deserves, I guess her innate hyper-vigilance to detecting dangers makes her jump and run around at the slightest sound or movement, and her heart is built to handle it . . . just the mere thought of running makes my heart beat faster!! 🙂

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