Guinea Pigs Make Great Pets
Guinea Pigs are affectionate, curious, and social animals that make fantastic pets for people of all ages. Though they are small and friendly, guinea pigs do require regular attention to stay happy and healthy. Their inquisitive and sociable nature means they are at their happiest when they are kept with other guinea pigs.
There are lots of different breeds of guinea pigs that make amazing pets in Australia, and at Sugarland Animal Hospital, we can help you care for all of them!
Why Choose Sugarland for your Guinea Pig’s health?
At Sugarland Animal Hospital, we want to ensure that your pet is happy, healthy, and nurtured. That’s why we treat every pet that visits us as if they are our own.
We know that a visit to the vet can be stressful for both your pet and you, that’s why our experienced veterinarian team will work closely with you at every step to ensure we understand yours and your pet’s needs.
If you’re in the Bundaberg area and looking for the best veterinarian to help care for your guinea pig, the team at Sugarland Animal Hospital is here to help you!Book an Appointment Now
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the lifespan of a guinea pig?
With the right care, guinea pigs can live quite long lives, between 5-10 years. This is dependent on a number of factors, including their natural health and genetics.
Common health conditions of guinea pigs
Like any other animal, guinea pigs are susceptible to a variety of health conditions. Some of the common conditions that can affect guinea pigs are fleas, vitamin c deficiencies, skin conditions, and dental problems.
Dental problems in particular can be very common for guinea pigs as their teeth never stop growing. That’s why guinea pigs need roughage to chew on to help wear down the teeth. A supply of hay should be accessible at al times, as this offers them not only something to eat but encourages them to chew for a long time, which helps maintain their dental health.
Signs of illness in guinea pigs
Guinea pigs, like many other animals, are very good at hiding illness and pain. That’s why it’s a good idea to spend a bit of time observing them and getting to know their behaviours and routines when you get your pet. This will make it easier for you to spot any signs of illness. Some of the signs your guinea pig may be unwell include:
- Difficulty or abnormal breathing, including raspy, shallow, or fast breathing
- Bulging eyes
- Sunken eyes
- Hair loss or major changes in their coat
- Lumps and bumps
- Reduced appetite
- Weight loss
- Changes in behaviour
- Changes in their urination
These are only some indications that they may be unwell. If you notice any other changes to your guinea pigs behaviour it might be worth taking them in to see their vet. Ensuring that your guinea pig has regular health check-ups will also ensure their health remains good too.
How often should my guinea pig see a vet?
It’s recommended that your guinea has a check up every 6 months, or as often as your veterinarian recommends. This will ensure that they live a long and healthy life.
Do guinea pigs need to be vaccinated?
No, guinea pigs do not require vaccinations.