Non-emergency vet visits, contagion and illness care support

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Overview of the available information links in this section:
1 How soon to see a vet and how to find one
- Early signs of illness and how quickly do I need to see a vet?
- Recommended vets and out-of-hours information
- Resources when seeing vets not experienced with guinea pigs

2 Vet visits, payment support, insurance and travelling advice (including Covid-19 advice)
3 Care support for ill guinea pigs
- Medicating and support feeding guides
- Non-medication support products and First Aid kit

4 Care guides for common illnesses
- Information for common New Owners' health problems
- Care guides for common health issues
- Boar and sow specific health issues and care
- Post-op and special needs home support care

5 Transmission concerns for owners and to/from other pets
- Transmission between species
- Ill and pregnant owners

6 Dying, death and grieving support



1 How soon to see a vet and how to find one
Early signs of illness and how quickly do I need to see a vet?

Early Signs Of Illness
How Soon Should My Guinea Pig See A Vet? - A Quick Guide
List Of Life And Death Out-of-hours Emergencies
Emergency, Crisis and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment

Recommended vets and out-of-hours information
Recommened UK vets: Guinea Pig Vet Locator
Recommended vets in the US and some other countries: Guinea Lynx :: GL's Vet List

Every vet clinic in the UK is required to provide a link to out-of-hours round the clock emergency care in their area.
Other countries do not have this kind of service but may have round the clock vet clinics in urban areas.
How to contact a vet out of hours



2 Vet visits, payment support, insurance and travelling advice
COVID-19 - Vet visits/emergencies during coronavirus/Covid-19 lockdown
Tips For Vet Visits
A guide to vets fees, insurance and payment support.

Travelling with guinea pigs
How To Collect A Urine Sample
 

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3 Care support for ill guinea pigs
Medicating and support feeding guides
Syringe feeding can save lives - don't wait until it is too late!

Start support feeding as soon as your guinea pig has lost more than 50g/2 oz and only stop until it can maintain its weight on its own again.
Not Eating And The Importance Of Syringe Feeding
Complete Syringe Feeding Guide

Non-medication support products and First Aid kit
Probiotics, Recovery Foods And Vitamin C: Overview With Product Links
First Aid Kit: Easily available non-medication support products for an emergency

4 Care guides for common illnesses
These guides do not replace a vet visit and diagnosis!

They are here to help you to support your guinea pig at home in addition to the necessary medical care for a good recovery and to help get the best out of a vet that is not experienced with guinea pigs.

Important information for New Owners
- Please do NOT self-diagnose and home treat! You can make any problem easily much worse and end up paying a lot more.
- You are protected by your customer rights for any problems that have come with your guinea pigs if they have been properly diagnosed by a vet in time (see the first link below for how this is handled in the UK and the US).
- Always save up for a vet fund right from the start as part of the regularly living cost, so you can afford to see a vet any time in an emergency or serious illness.
- In the UK you are legally obliged to pay for the pets of any minor in your care; you can be prosecuted for refusing veterinary care to any pet in your household.

What to check and look out for in new guinea pigs (vet checks, sexing, parasites&illness)
Sexing Guide
Importance Of Quarantine
Fleas And Flea Powders

Care guides for common health issues
Hot Weather Management, Heat Strokes and Fly Strike
Ringworm: Hygiene And Pictures
Digestive Disorders: Diarrhea - Bloat - GI Stasis (No Gut Movement) And Not Eating

Boar speficic health problems and care
A Comprehensive Guide to Guinea Pig Boars (contains a list of common boar health issues)
Boar Care: Bits, Bums & Baths
Impaction Recovery - How To Help Your Guinea Pig.

Neutered / De-sexed Boars And Neutering Operations: Myths And Facts
Guinea pig castration explained
Warning To Vet Check Irregular Boar Bits

Sow specific health problems and care
Sow behaviour and health problems (including ovarian cysts)

Post-op and special/long term needs home support care
Tips For Post-operative Care
Neutering operations: Considerations, post-op care and a successful recovery example

Looking after guinea pigs with limited or no mobility
Caring for Older Piggies and Facing the End - A helpful and supportive information collection
 
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