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MEDICATIONS
  DANGEROUS MEDS
  Calculating Doses
  Dose CALCULATOR
  Weight Conversion Chart
  Giving Meds
  Probiotics
      Probiotics for Horses
  Nutritional Supplements

SAFE MEDICATIONS
  Antibiotics
        Advice
  Analgesics
  Antifungal Agents
  Antiparasitics
        Ivermectin
  Cardiovascular Agents
  Diarrhea/Motility

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MEDICATIONS

    Dangerous Medications -- Antibiotics can be deadly to your pet!
    Calculating Doses -- The mysteries of dosing revealed.
    Dose Calculator -- Automatically calculate doses for common meds!
    Weight Conversion Chart -- Convert weight to kilos or pounds
    Giving Meds -- Tips for giving liquid, pill, and subcutaneous medications.
    Probiotics -- Help restore the balance of microflora in the digestive tract.
    Probiotics for Horses -- There are many similaries between the digestive system of a horse and that of a guinea pig. Our thanks to Tom Moates for permission to reprint his informative article.
    Nutritional Supplements -- Vitamin C and other commonly used supplements.

SAFE MEDICATIONS

    Antibiotics -- Safe antibiotics list.
        Advice -- Antibiotics can affect appetite. What you must know.
    Analgesics -- Use pain relievers only under veterinary supervision.
    Antifungal Agents -- Treat fungal infections easily.
    Antiparasitics -- Skin mites, lice, and intestinal parasite treatments.
    Cardiovascular Agents -- Heart problems are common. Proper diagnosis and treatment can extend their lives.
    Diarrhea/Motility -- Diarrhea can be deadly. Seek treatment immediately. Other conditions benefit greatly from motility drugs.

SOURCES AND REFERENCES FOR DRUG DOSAGE

MEDICATIONS INDEX



Remember: use all medications under the guidance of a veterinarian experienced in the care and treatment of guinea pigs. And any medication can have side effects.

ACE INHIBITORS
* Heart problems are common in older guinea pigs. Diagnosis and treatment can help your pet live a long and healthy life. Cardiovascular Agents

ANTIBIOTICS
* Use antibiotics with care. Ensure that antibiotics prescribed by your vet are safe for your guinea pig. Antibiotics DANGEROUS MEDICATIONS Be sure to read the Guinea Lynx page offering Antibiotic Advice.

ANTIPARASITICS
* Mite infestations are extremely common and can be life threatening. Be sure to have your pet treated with ivermectin or selemectin if mites are suspected. Antiparasitics

Acetylsalicylic acid
(generic name) NSAID Commonly known as aspirin. Analgesics

Advantage®
(brand name) ANTIPARASITIC Imidacloprid (generic name) Antiparasitics

Aspirin
(brand name) NSAID Acetylsalicylic acid (generic name) Analgesics

BENZODIAZEPINES
* (a drug classification) Analgesics **May be used for appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety, sedation, anti-seizure, muscle relaxation, etc. Not great pain control. Example: Valium (diazepam)

Bactrim®
(brand name) ANTIBIOTIC trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole (generic name) Antibiotics

Banamine®
(brand name) NSAID Flunixin meglumine (generic name) Analgesics

Baytril®
(brand name) ANTIBIOTIC enrofloxacin (generic name) Antibiotics

Benazepril Hydrochloride
(generic name) ACE INHIBITOR Brand names include Lotensin, Fortekor Cardiovascular Agents

Bio-Sponge™
(brand name) DIGESTION Di-tri-octahedral smectite (generic name) Digestion and Motility Drugs

Buprenex®
(brand name) OPIATE Buprenorphine (generic name) Analgesics

Buprenorphine
(generic name) OPIATE Analgesics

Butorphanol
(generic name) OPIATE Analgesics

Carprofen
(generic name) NSAID Commonly sold as Rimadyl. Analgesics

Chloramphenicol
(generic name) ANTIBIOTIC Antibiotics

Chloramphenicol palmitate
(generic name) ANTIBIOTIC Antibiotics

Chloramphenicol sodium succinate
(generic name) ANTIBIOTIC Antibiotics

Cimetidine
(generic name) DIGESTION Sold as Tagamet. Digestion and Motility Drugs

Cisapride
(generic name) MOTILITY Sold as Propulsid. Digestion and Motility Drugs

Clavamox - WARNING
WARNING: DANGEROUS ANTIBIOTIC DO NOT USE!
(brand name) DANGEROUS DRUG Penicillin (generic name) Amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. Dangerous Medications

Dexamethasone
(generic name) GLUCOCORTICOIDS Analgesics

Di-tri-octahedral smectite
(generic name) DIGESTION Sold as Bio-Sponge. Digestion and Motility Drugs

Diazepam
(generic name) BENZODIAZEPINE Also known as Valium. Analgesics

Doxycycline
(generic name) ANTIBIOTIC Also known as Vibramycin, Vibravet. Antibiotics

Enacard®
(brand name) ACE INHIBITOR Enalapril (generic name) Cardiovascular Agents

Enalapril
(generic name) ACE INHIBITOR Commonly sold as Enacard Cardiovascular Agents

Enrofloxacin
(generic name) ANTIBIOTIC Sold as Baytril. Antibiotics

Fenbendazole
(generic name) ANTIPARASITIC Sold as Panacur. Antiparasitics

Flagyl®
(brand name) ANTIPARASITIC Metronidazole (generic name) Antiparasitics

Flunixin meglumine
(generic name) NSAID Sold as Banamine. Analgesics

Fortekor®
(brand name) ACE INHIBITOR Benazepril Hydrochloride (generic name) Cardiovascular Agents

Furosemide
(generic name) DIURETIC Cardiovascular Agents - MedlinePlus

GLUCOCORTICOIDS (A Class Of Steroids)
* (a drug classification) Analgesics **Should be used with caution. Very powerful anti-inflammatory medications, but overusage/improper usage can cause other medical conditions such as Cushing's Disease, diabetes, etc. In general, the dosages are started higher and tapered off slowly during a certain time period. They are sometimes very useful for animals with certain cancers, very severe skin problems (itchy skin), and some traumatic musculoskeletal conditions. Excessive thirst/urination, and increased appetite are common side effects. Muscle wasting/atrophy is seen at some doses and during long-term use. Dexamethasone is a common emergency and shock drug, but those doses are not mentioned here. DO NOT USE THESE DRUGS CONCURRENTLY WITH NSAID DRUGS. Most vets recommend at least 12-24 hours in between dosings if the choice has been made to switch from steroids to NSAID'Sor vice-versa.

Ibuprofen
(generic name) NSAID Analgesics

Imidacloprid
(generic name) ANTIPARASITIC Sold as Advantage. Antiparasitics

Imodium A-D®
(brand name) DIGESTION Loperamide (generic name) Digestion and Motility Drugs

Ivermectin
(generic name) ANTIPARASITIC Antiparasitics

Ivomec®
(brand name) ANTIPARASITIC Ivermectin (generic name) Antiparasitics

Kaolin & Pectin
(generic name) DIGESTION Sold as Pet Pectillin. NOT the same as Kaopectate! Digestion and Motility Drugs

KetoChlor®
(brand name) ANTIFUNGAL Antifungal

Ketoconazole
(generic name) ANTIFUNGAL Antifungal

Lasix®
(brand name) DIURETIC Furosemide (generic name) Cardiovascular Agents

Loperamide
(generic name) DIGESTION Sold as Imodium A-D Digestion and Motility Drugs

Lotensin®
(brand name) ACE INHIBITOR Benazepril Hydrochloride (generic name) Cardiovascular Agents

Lufenuron
(generic name) ANTIFUNGAL Antifungal

Malaseb®
(brand name) ANTIFUNGAL Miconazole (generic name) Antifungal

Meloxicam
(generic name) NSAID Analgesics

Maximum dose discussion

Metacam®
(brand name) NSAID Meloxicam (generic name) Analgesics
Maximum dose discussion

Metoclopromide
(generic name) MOTILITY Digestion and Motility Drugs

Metronidzole
(generic name) ANTIPARASITIC Antiparasitics

Miconazole
(generic name) ANTIFUNGAL Antifungal

Mobic®
(brand name) NSAID Meloxicam (generic name) Analgesics

Monistat®
(brand name) ANTIFUNGAL Miconazole (generic name) Antifungal

Morphine sulfate
(generic name) OPIATE Analgesics

Morphine®
(brand name) OPIATE Morphine sulfate (generic name) Analgesics

NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)
* (a drug classification) None of these drugs should ever be used with steroidal drugs due to potential side effects, namely GI ulceration. If these are to be used long-term, certain GI protectants may (and should) be considered. Serious liver and kidney problems may potentially result from misuse or abuse of these drugs and should be used with caution in patients who may have these problems.

Nizoral®
(brand name) ANTIFUNGAL Ketoconazole (generic name) Antifungal

Nystatin
(generic name) ANTIFUNGAL Antifungal - MedlinePlus

OPIATES(a drug classification)
Opiates may cause sedation, and GI slowing with regular use. Other indications may also be present (e.g. butorphanol has anti-tussive/coughing effects and some anti-emetic/nausea effects).

Oxymorphone
(generic name) OPIATE Analgesics

Panacur®
(brand name) ANTIPARASITIC Fenbendazole (generic name) Antiparasitics

Penicillin - WARNING
WARNING: DANGEROUS ANTIBIOTIC DO NOT USE! Dangerous Medications

Pet-Pectillin®
(brand name) DIGESTION Kaolin & Pectin (generic name) Digestion and Motility Drugs

Prednisone
(generic name) GLUCOCORTICOID Analgesics

Program®
(brand name) ANTIFUNGAL Lufenuron (generic name) Antifungal

Propulsid®
(brand name) MOTILITY Cisapride (generic name) Digestion and Motility Drugs

Ranitidine
(generic name) DIGESTION Digestion and Motility Drugs

Reglan®
(brand name) MOTILITY Metoclopromide (generic name) Digestion and Motility Drugs

Revolution®
(brand name) ANTIPARASITIC Selamectin (generic name) Antiparasitics

Rimadyl®
(brand name) NSAID Carprofen (generic name) Analgesics

Selamectin
(generic name) ANTIPARASITIC Revolution (brand name) Antiparasitics

Septra®
(brand name) ANTIBIOTIC Trimethoprim Sulfamethoxazole(generic name) Antibiotics

Simethicone
(generic name) DIGESTION Digestion and Motility Drugs

Stronghold®
(brand name) ANTIPARASITIC Selamectin (generic name) Antiparasitics

Tagamet®
(brand name) DIGESTION Cimetidine (generic name) Digestion and Motility Drugs

Torb®
(brand name) OPIATE Butorphanol (generic name) Analgesics

Torbugesic®
(brand name) OPIATE Butorphanol (generic name) Analgesics

Torbutrol®
(brand name) OPIATE Butorphanol (generic name) Analgesics

Tramadol
(generic name) OPIATE Analgesics

Tribrissen®
(brand name) ANTIBIOTIC Trimethoprim Sulfadiazine (generic name) Antibiotics

Trimethoprim Sulfadiazine (TMP-SDZ)
(generic name) ANTIBIOTIC Antibiotics

Trimethoprim Sulfamethoxazole
(generic name) ANTIBIOTIC Antibiotics

Valium®
(brand name) BENZODIAZEPINE Diazepam (generic name) Analgesics

Vibramycin®
(brand name) ANTIBIOTIC Doxycycline (generic name) Antibiotics

Vibravet®
(brand name) ANTIBIOTIC Doxycycline (generic name) Antibiotics

Zantac®
(brand name) DIGESTION Ranitidine (generic name) Digestion and Motility Drugs

SOURCES AND REFERENCES FOR DRUG DOSAGE

The medications listed on this site are medications successfully used by members of Guinea Lynx Forums. Not all medications found in the following sources are listed. The drugs on these pages are considered the most common and efficacious meds.

The following reference books include most of these medications and others suitable for use on guinea pigs.

DO NOT ADD ANY MEDICATIONS TO YOUR CAVY'S DRINKING WATER.

Dose your cavies individually to ensure they receive the correct amount of any medication.

    The Biology and Medicine of Rabbits and Rodents by J.Harkness DVM and J.Wagner DVM (publisher Williams & Wilkins - a Lea and Febiger Book)
    Diseases of Domestic Guinea Pigs by V.C.G. Richardson (publisher Blackwell Science Ltd.)
    The Exotic Animal Formulary by James W. Carpenter, MS, DMV et al (publisher W.B. Saunders Company)
    Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents - Clinical Medicine and Surgery by Katherine E.Quesenberry DVM and James W. Carpenter (publisher Elsevier -- 2nd edition 2004)
    Veterinary Drug Handbook -- 4th edition by Donald C. Plumb (publisher Blackwell Publishing -- 4th edition 2002)


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