A Medical and Care Guide for Guinea Pigs


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Useful Emergency Supplies

If your guinea pig needs medical care, chances are you will be using some of the supplies on this page to treat your guinea pig or to administer meds.

Antibiotic Creams and Ointments

WARNING: Most antibiotic creams contain antibiotics that must not be ingested. Make sure these ointments are used sparingly and only when absolutely necessary.

The most common antibiotic cream/ointment is triple antibiotic ointment, also known as BNP (brand name, Neosporin).


Syringes are used for administering medication, hand feeding, and flushing wounds.

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Where to find? Your veterinarian should have 1cc needless syringes and supplies. Not all vets carry the indispensable curved tip syringe but they are worth tracking down. Curved tip syringes are invaluable for flushing abscesses. Try other veterinarians or even dentists (who give them to patients to flush pulled teeth). Pharmacies and farm supply stores (feed stores) may also carry an assortment. See discussion concerning Online Sources. Go Up

Chew Guard

chewguard Some guinea pigs will chew at incision sites or injured/swollen areas. Chew Guard is a veterinary product used to spray a fine mist of a peppery substance on an area of skin, wound, or bandage. Be sure to cover the guinea pig's face when spraying, and cover your own also, as the pepper spray is easily inhaled.Another method of preventing a guinea pig from biting at his flesh is to use a collar to limit movement. Go Up

Where to Find Supplies

Farm supply stores, pharmacies, and online vet supply companies have most of the products in the supplies pages.

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