A Medical and Care Guide for Guinea Pigs


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Quarantine Can Prevent The Spread Of Illness And Parasites

The safest way to introduce a new guinea pig to a pet you already have is to quarantine any new pig for 2 to 3 weeks behind closed doors. Wash hands and arms well in between handling the new and the resident pig and consider changing your shirt or wearing a removable cover-up when handling the newcomer (or in case of illness, the sick pig). This will help insure the new guinea pig does not introduce any illness or parasites to the one you already have. Consider a visit to the vet for your new guinea pig (read over the advice on "What To Expect At Your Veterinarian's Office").

While the above advice is certainly the wisest, sometimes one chooses to risk breaking quarantine:

NOTE: If you purchase a guinea pig from a pet store (not recommended), don't cut any corners: be sure to follow strict quarantine procedures.

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