If you are the proud owner of one or more guinea pigs, you should know that this little rodent is a fragile animal that requires a lot of attention. It is therefore useful to prepare a first-aid kit with all the necessary items in case of unexpected problems. In any case, it is important to avoid self-medication and to ask your veterinarian’s advice for medication. However, you can start putting together a first-aid kit for your guinea pig with a certain number of items adapted to your pet.
The essentials for care
Among the essential items you can put in your guinea pig’s first-aid kit is his health booklet, which will include the contact information for his veterinarian and the emergency room nearest your home.
Add a box of sterile compresses, a small pair of scissors, tweezers and syringes without needles to feed your guinea pig with adapted liquid food or give him liquid medication prescribed by the vet. Also consider a parasite treatment.
In case your pet gets an injury that causes a wound, you can store a small bottle of iodine-based antiseptic for disinfection, local antiseptic, which will help healing, and a healing cream.
In case of problems with his eyes or nose, you can prepare doses of saline now, taking care to throw away the used dose 24 hours after opening, and blueberry water to relieve conjunctivitis and reduce the inflammation of his eyelids.
To alleviate a respiratory problem, you can put aside ampoules of essential oils to make inhalations. For that you can dilute some drops in a bowl of very hot water, to make him breathe the vapors by covering his cage with a cloth. Be careful to place the bowl outside his cage, to avoid that he makes his curious and burns himself.
Intestinal flora and food supplements
As your dog’s health is rather fragile, the slightest upheaval in his daily life or in his food can cause him stress and intestinal problems. Make sure you always keep an intestinal transit regulator, probiotics, an anti-diarrheal and an anti-constipation product in his kit. You can also have cranberry juice in case of urinary tract infection, or cider vinegar, and activated charcoal if he has intestinal gas. Also think about adding vitamin and mineral supplements, especially soluble vitamin C since your rodent does not synthesize it.
In conclusion, the above list ensures that you have the necessary non-prescription items on hand to keep your guinea pig healthy. Don’t forget that some cat, dog or human medications can be toxic for your rodent, so don’t try to self-medicate. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on what to add, depending on your guinea pig’s medical history.