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Finding a Good Guinea Pig Vet

Updated on November 24, 2012

Finding a Guinea Pig Vet

Hello and welcome! This page is about finding a good guinea pig veterinarian that will best suit your needs as a guinea pig parent. If you're like me, you may have called a few vets and asked "Hi do you treat guinea pigs?" and got a big fat "no".

Here are some resources for finding a great vet that will know how to do more than just clip your guinea pig's nails.

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Questions to ask your local Vet

How to find out if your vet properly treats guinea pigs

Unfortunately, not all veterinarians know how to treat guinea pigs. Most emergency animal hospitals have exotic specialists available, but you may not live near one, or you may want a smaller, more personal and quiet office to take your cavy for a checkup!

The good news is, there are many veterinarians out there that not only treat guinea pigs but consider themselves exotic animal specialists.

Sometimes you may even come across a "small animal clinic", in which you're in luck.

Here are some questions to ask any veterinarian you're considering for guinea pig care:

1. The obvious question: do you treat guinea pigs? Some vets may be able to clip your guinea pig's nails, but they may not feel comfortable treating your piggie without sending you to a specialist for better care.

2. Do you have a list of referrals I can have that might treat guinea pigs?

If your vet does in fact treat guinea pigs, some good questions to have ready are:

1. What food or hay supplies do you carry in the office?

2. Do you have a clinic available here or do you know of one that's open 24 hours that will treat guinea pigs nearby in case there is an emergency?

3. How often should I bring my guinea pig in?

4. Do you have any other informational packets or could you talk with me some more about nutrition and other guinea pig health topics?

Where Do I Look For A Guinea Pig or Cavy Vet?

If you haven't had prior pets or have moved to a new area and aren't sure where to find a veterinarian, there are some great resources right at your fingertips online.

You can use websites like yellowpages.com to find businesses, or even typing "veterinarian" or "exotic pet veterinarian" into Google with your zip code should yield some results.

Some other websites you may want to look at are:

Guinea Pig Videos on YouTube

I love this video a little bit too much... so cute!

Other Lenses in the Guinea Pig Care 101 Series

Check out the other lenses in this series to be on your way to becoming a guinea pig expert!

Was this information useful to you? Feel free to leave a comment with your feedback or any suggestions you have to add about guinea pig vets in your area!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just lost my guinea pig yesterday he just went limp in my arms and im so depressed what do I do!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a guinea pig which was so very cute. it used to respond to being called and used to follow me like a puppy. It was two and a half years when he died and that was yesterday. i could not find a good vet to take care of him. earlier i had another guinea pig and i had taken him to a vet. hospital where the doctor had prescribed him medicines (antibiotics) which did not suit him and then i understood that all vets cannot treat guinea pigs and i really could not find one in delhi. I miss my pet. it was a wonderful creature. my advice is that before buying a guinea pig be sure that u have a good vet to take care of him.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had a guinea pig which was so very cute. it used to respond to being called and used to follow me like a puppy. It was two and a half years when he died and that was yesterday. i could not find a good vet to take care of him. earlier i had another guinea pig and i had taken him to a vet. hospital where the doctor had prescribed him medicines (antibiotics) which did not suit him and then i understood that all vets cannot treat guinea pigs and i really could not find one in delhi. I miss my pet. it was a wonderful creature. my advice is that before buying a guinea pig be sure that u have a good vet to take care of him.

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      Nice article, we had to call around to find a vet who treats small rodents - we're owned by 3 wonderful pet rats.

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      This is a very good lens. A lot of vets do not treat or know how to treat guinea pigs.

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      I used to have a guinea pig. When he got sick, we took him to a vet who was a family friend. He didn't know much about guinea pigs, but he went out of his way to do some research and ended up helping. Nice to see a lens about this :-)

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Very useful, my little one wants a guinea pig.

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      Good advice. When our piggies got sick, we learned guinea pigs can't safely take a lot of medicines that other animals can take. We had to take them across town to a vet who knew how to treat them.

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      gpigman 7 years ago

      This is what I was looking for! Thanks SP23! Now I know where to look!