A Medical and Care Guide for Guinea Pigs


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All Surgeries Carry Risks

A necessary surgery can be life-saving. But all surgeries do carry risks, both during the surgery and the recovery. Is this surgery necessary? Are there other alternatives? Does your vet have experience with this procedure?

Selecting An Experienced Veterinarian

If you have a guinea pig that requires surgery, you may already have a competent vet who has diagnosed the problem and will perform the surgery.

If you suspect your pet may need surgery but do not have a veterinarian, see "Finding a Vet" for help in locating one. Ask these vets who they would recommend for difficult cases or for an after hours emergency.

Even a skilled surgeon can lose a healthy animal during a routine procedure (such as reactions to anesthesia) or post operatively (infection). Your vet should be able to provide you with an idea of how experienced he/she is, whether he/she has performed the surgery in question, and what kind of outcome these surgeries have had.

guinea pig in surgery

Some veterinarians also give SQ fluids with Vitamin B12, about 20mls during the surgery

Typical surgeries would include spays, neuters, and abscess removal. The vet should also be able to tell you:


Not all vets prescribe antibiotics as part of post operative care. Because guinea pig infections can be hard to clear up (and due to the cheesy nature of the pus), an antibiotic like bactrim can offer some protection during the healing process.


Valuable advice can be found in the Records forum.

Be sure to read the Post Operative Care advice and tips.

Find also Links to helpful threads on the main forum.


If you are considering any kind of surgery, see Teresa's Cavy Spirit neutering page. While the examples illustrate a boar neuter, detailed information on the surgery itself (including two veterinary protocols for neutering a boar) and information on postoperative care is well researched and should be read carefully.

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