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Vet Care

What Do I Need To Take My Guinea Pig To The Vet For?

Guinea pigs require regular veterinary care and health checks. The following is a summary of what we recommend.

Regular Health Checks

We recommend health checks for guinea pigs every 6 to 12 months. At this time, your guinea pig will receive a thorough examination to help identify any occurring problems.

There are no vaccinations available for guinea pigs in New Zealand; therefore, guinea pigs do not require annual vaccinations.


Neutering your guinea pig can be beneficial for the following reasons:

  • Reducing the risk of fights occurring if you have more than one guinea pig

  • Decreasing aggression between boars

  • Prevents unwanted pregnancies

  • It prevents the development of ovarian cysts in females, which is a common reproductive disease in female guinea pigs.

  • Reducing the risk of male guinea pigs developing faecal impaction (which often requires the build-up of faeces around their anus to be cleaned by their owner daily).

  • We recommend de-sexing all guinea pigs generally from 4 months of age

Signs Your Guinea Pig Is Unwell

Even with the best care, problems can still occur. Things to watch out for include but are not limited to the following:

  • Lethargy

  • Diarrhoea

  • Weak hind legs

  • Hair loss

  • Not eating or not drinking

  • Pooh not normal shape

  • Dull eye colour or coat

  • Squealing when urinating

  • Dirty teeth

  • Scratching excessively

  • Water staining around the mouth

  • Weight loss

  • Discharge from eyes and/or nostrils

  • Lump formation

By following the above advice, you can help reduce the chances of common problems occurring and ensure that your guinea pig receives the care they deserve.

Guinea pigs are prey animals and so try to hide their illnesses and pain - any small signs that something is not right get them to a vet!

Even something as simple as a personality change.


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