Guinea Pig Health

Many guinea pig health problems are a result of nutrition and digestive issues, dental issues or obesity. Contact your veterinarian if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Loose stools
  • Blood in the urine
  • Overgrown front teeth
  • Bald patches in the fur
  • Sores on the feet
  • Irregular eating or drinking

Regular veterinarian visits are a crucial part of keeping your pet healthy and happy. At each visit, your pet will be weighed and examined. Be prepared to answer basic questions about the animal’s diet, behavior, and health. If you have questions or concerns, make a list ahead of time so you’ll remember what to ask.

Spaying or neutering your guinea pig is important to help your pet live a longer, healthier life. An experienced guinea pig veterinarian can recommend an appropriate age.

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