Guinea Pig Veterinary Care – Lets Examine
Veterinary care is something that I want to cover, to reassure you. Now guinea pigs do find it very stressful going on trips to the vets and should only be taken if it is really needed. For example nail trimming, if it definitely is not something you can do yourself, maybe in time you might be able to. Annual check ups are good to have and of course if there is a serious problem or you are worried about something, then that is the time to also pay a visit to the vets.
Choosing the right vets
It is so important that you take the time to research the vets that you are going to sign up to. The internet is a great place to look at possible reviews that might be around and looking at their website to give you reassurance at how professional they are. Some vets in the UK might offer a first appointment when you sign up, just to discuss about your pets, which might be free.
Sometimes us guinea pig owners will say choose a vets that actually has a specialist in exotic animals, which they are classed under. As they will have more in depth knowledge and there will be no trust issues, you know they are trained in this area. To find them, just type into Google, unfortunately the distance may be very far from where you live depending on where you are in the country. You may be asked to travel to them by a local practice for expert and emergency care if needed.
A great website to use is?
If you need to know what is wrong with your pet or general advice then go to a website called JustAnswer. There are actual veterinary surgeons and nurses in specialised areas that will be able to help. It will cost to get the answer more quickly, I paid before nearly £15 for my answer. They will have suggestions in what you can do, but sometimes if it is a serious issue or if they feel so, a recommendation of visiting the vets will be mentioned.
How much can appointments be?
I am not going to know obviously the specific costs of all the different practices throughout the country, but I do know that vet bills unfortunately are not cheap for guinea pigs. For example when I used to take mine for nail clippings with a free health check it would cost per guinea pig around £28. So obviously for more major treatments/surgery, it will cost considerably more, just make sure you have the money set aside for any vets costs.
Is insurance needed?
My advice would be no and this is repeated by others as well. The insurance costs of guinea pigs is huge, we are talking possibly thousands of pounds, as they are exotic pets. Maybe it is because they are more fiddly and delicate to work with, I am not sure. You will find if there are no major issues, it will not be worth paying out for insurance just for annual check ups or even regular nail trims. Even if there was surgery needed or a lot of treatment, it might still be less to pay for overall, than the insurance.
So to conclude
Always book an appointment if there is cause for concern. Check the internet as it may be a simple resolve without the stress of taking them to the vets. You might be able to treat the minor issue yourself like a slight eye injury. Annual health check ups can be fine, but actually I have been weighing mine with some scales and I am always keeping an eye on their behaviour and appearance. I have decided not to go for annual appointments, but it is your choice. I used to go every two to three months with my four, for nail clippings, but I found it was stressful for them, with all the loud noises and the car journey. Also, they were not eating hay for that period, so I can now actually do their nails myself, by having them in the bottom half of a small cat carrier. It might take a bit longer, but I am saving a lot of money as it was a bit hard going taking four at different times. I think general checking of weight and appearance can be done by yourself as well as trying to clip nails. You will always notice a change in appearance of poops and eating/drinking and general behaviour to whether there is something up with them.