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kamjay

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Hello, I have new guinea pigs and thinking of taking them to the vet. Do any of you guys know how much checkups usually cost or how much it costs for certain things? Also, are there any good insurance or anything like that out there?

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It depends where you are located - vets in some countries work out more expensive than others. If you could update your profile to show your country then that would help - it would then appear on every post and we can tailor our advice accordingly.

even within the uk, the charging structure varies from practice to practice, and the charge for individual medical issues is also going to vary depending on the diagnosis and treatment required.

Piggies aren’t cheap pets though. There is only one insurance provider in the uk - exotic direct. Some medical issues aren’t covered particularly if they are existing conditions and the excess on any claim is something to be considered.
A lot of us simply have a separate bank account vet fund into which we save monthly. That way, the money is there when needed and doesn’t come with restrictions like making an insurance claim does
 

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Hello, I have new guinea pigs and thinking of taking them to the vet. Do any of you guys know how much checkups usually cost or how much it costs for certain things? Also, are there any good insurance or anything like that out there?

-Thank You
Hi!

Some UK clinics offer a first check up for free when you register, others don't. Clinics in other countries may require upfront payment, especially in the USA.
Please be aware that piggy savviness can vary enormously. There is a huge difference in terms of extra service between no frills basic medication chain services, independent or small vet group clinics, exotic vets and supervet clinics. You pay accordingly since a lot of the fees actually goes to pay for expensive diagnostic resources and especially into stocking a wide range of small amounts of medications as opposed to larger amounts of some basic licensed meds.

This guide link here explains it all in more detail so you can make an informed choice and know better what you are looing out for, including the pros and cons between saving up for vet care vs. the very limited insurance available for guinea pigs in the UK (even less in other countries) as well as the different categories of clinics and services: A guide to vets fees, insurance and payment support.
You can always enquire first at the clinic you would like to register. Please be aware that there are marked differences in between different countries. Unfortunately, without you having hadded your country to location in your account details (accessed by clicking on your username on the top bar), we cannot help you more with country specific information and tailored advice.

You may also find our recommended vets locator helpful, as well as our tips for vet trips with your guinea pigs:
Vet Locator (link to other countries below UK map)
Tips For Vet Visits
 

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In the US, most vets that see guinea pigs will advertise as seeing 'exotics' or 'pocket pets.' They aren't necessarily more expensive than regular dog/cat vets, but they will be a lot more knowledgeable in treating rodents and that can be the difference between life and death in an emergency. So I would start there and phone around to see different consultation fees. Vet bills aren't standard and will vary by the practice, so there's really no way to know what you will be charged without checking out individual rates from different practices. Good luck and hope you find a good vet at a reasonable price! You're smart to do it ahead of time like this, it's a much better way to go about things than needing to find someone in a crisis!
 
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