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What Sort Of Veterinary Care Do Guinea Pigs Need?

Hello there. We all know that the Guinea pigs are one of the most popular small pets, and they are particular favorites with children. But, do you know what sort of veterinary care do they really need? Part of researching and preparing for Guinea pig ownership means finding out what type of veterinary care and maintenance such pets need, in terms of both routine care and potential problems.

Guinea Pigs Do Not Have Vaccinations

There are no standard vaccinations for Guinea pigs to protect them against transmissible illnesses and health conditions. But the fact that your pet does not need vaccinations, doesn't mean that you should forgo taking them along to the vet for an annual health check. An annual health check is important in order to allow your vet to keep of your Guinea pig’s health, wellness and condition.

Dental Issues

The teeth of your Guinea pig grow throughout their lives, and are worn down by the food that your pets eat. If your pet’s diet does not serve to wear their teeth down enough, or if their teeth grow crooked, this can lead to dental problems, which may necessitate a trip to the vet in order to have their teeth trimmed down to a safe.

Guinea Pigs Are Exotic Animals

Guinea pigs have been kept as pets for many decades, and they are actually classed as exotic pets in veterinary terms like other small furry pets. All small animal veterinary clinics can provide basic care services for Guinea pigs, such as performing health checks, troubleshooting and dealing with common problems.

Neutering Guinea Pigs

While spay and neuter for Guinea pigs are not as common and widespread as they are in many other pets, Guinea pigs can be neutered if necessary. Generally, keeping your piggies in same-sex groups negates the need for neutering, but if you do have males and females together and do not want them to breed, you may need to arrange to have your males neutered!

When To Go To The Vet?

It is important to register your Guinea pig with a vet and take them along for annual health checks, and also to know when your Guinea pig needs to see a vet. You need to check vet if your guinea pig:

  • has severe diarrhea, or diarrhea has continued for more than 24 hours.
  • any type of fits, seizures or unconsciousness needs a veterinary visit.
  • refuses to eat for any length of time.
  • breathing noisily or appears to be having problems breathing.
  • losing weight and condition quickly.
  • developing lumps, bumps or any other unusual areas on their bodies.

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