Vet Visit Preparation
by Elaine Leong
Be it a scheduled or unscheduled visit to the vet, there are a few things that you can do before the visit which will assist the vet in the diagnosis and potentially speed up the whole process. Therefore your guinea pig will get the proper medical treatment it requires in the shortest time possible.
Things to Take Note Before a Vet Visit
- Take pictures and/or videos of the signs and symptoms.
- Collect your guinea pig’s poo an hour before the vet visit if you suspect that your guinea pig has gut issues.
- Collect your guinea pig’s pee an hour before the vet visit with either a syringe or a bottle (applicable for bladder, urinary tract and/or kidney problems).
- If your guinea pig is on any medication or if you have given him any, you can bring it to your vet. If you are seeing a new vet at another clinic, it will also be advisable for you to bring the existing medication and/or inform the new vet the previous medications that have been given to your guinea pig.
- Please do inform the vet should you notice that your guinea pig is sensitive to certain medication.
- If you keep a record of your guinea pig weight, it will be good for you to bring it. If you have already scheduled a vet visit and it’s some time away, weigh your guinea pig daily to keep track of the weight.
- If your guinea pig’s weight continues to drop, feed your guinea pig with critical care and increase the dosage of the vitamin C. Probiotics can also be given to aid your guinea pig’s digestive system.
- Bring along a small towel/fleece for the vet visit to be place on the vet table as the table can be slippery for your guinea pig’s feet. It will also be helpful for the vet to have a towel/fleece to handle your guinea pig during physical examination.
- Bring along a water bottle or some juicy vegetables as the wait at the clinic can be long especially if you have no appointment scheduled.
Preparation for Hospitalisation Stay after Surgery by Kate J'Da
If your guinea pig will be going through surgery and need to be hospitalised, the following guide might help you to prepare for the stay:
- Please prepare their own water bottle. At some clinics, they serve water in a bowl so the guinea pig may not know how to drink from bowl or may spill water accidentally.
- Please bring along the brand of dry food and hay they are accustomed to. The Animal Doctors gives Oxbow. If you feed another brand of dry food and hay, you can bring your own. (Immediate change of diet brand may upset stomach).
- You can bring your own/buy Ceelin from them and instruct nurse to feed vit C daily (with permission from the vet).
- You can request for pee pad lining instead of newspaper lining so the fur won't get wet from pee. The metal floor is cold so pee pad will keep guinea pig warm.
- You can bring your own clean towel or rug and change everyday during the visit.
- Bring current medication, Critical Care, Benebac and things that they may need post-op and inform them so they do not need to dispense new ones (and charge you for them).
- Before leaving, do request to check the cage setting to make sure the guinea pig is comfortable and all food and water are within reachable range.