Sunday, September 11, 2016

Why You should find a Guinea Pig Vet BEFORE you need one

Einstein wasn't feeling well here!
Over the years, I have had a number of guinea pigs.  I got Tilly when I was eight, and I'm now 29 again for the *mumble* time.

Guinea pigs are much like any other pet that they may need to see a vet.  Unfortunately, it is the rare vet that is actually trained in guinea pig care.  Some medicines are toxic to guinea pigs that are normally prescribed for other animals, so it is always good to know what medicines a guinea pig CAN take before you go to the vet.  In fact, when I was taking my pigs to a person without much training in the way of small animals, I kept a veterinary textbook in my purse about how to treat rabbits and other small animals.  It was a very expensive book, and I've since sold it because I realize how important it is for a guinea pig to be seen by a vet who already has experience with small animals and not looking up information on the spot.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Making Plans for Guinea Pig Pet Care During An Emergency

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Emergencies happen, but they are often easier if you are prepared.  Here are a few situations you might encounter and how to handle them.

Family Emergency:   Have someone on hand you can take your guinea pig(s) to at pretty much a moment's notice.  You can offer to do the same for their pets.  Before this is needed, go over your guinea pig's favorite foods, what they can have and can't eat.  That way just a quick phone call and dropping off your furry friend is all that is needed.  When my mother was being admitted to cardiac intensive care, I had 15 minutes to pack and get ready for staying in the hospital for 8 days.  I left a house key in a safe location and called a friend on my way to the hospital.  (I was not driving.)