PETS WE CARE FOR > LARGE RODENTS: GUINEA PIGS AND CHINCHILLAS
INITIAL EXAMINATION - We recommend an initial examination within 48 hours of the acquisition of your guinea pig or chinchilla. During this first visit, you will receive information on routine care, diet, household hazards, caging, and detecting medical problems.
ANNUAL EXAMINATIONS - Examinations are very important in keeping your guinea pig or chinchilla healthy. After the initial examination, most guinea pigs and chinchillas should have an annual physical examination.
VACCINATIONS - None
There are also several health benefits to this surgery: decreased risk of mammary tumors, uterine infections, ovarian cysts, and reproductive tract tumors.
DIETS - We recommend that guinea pigs and chinchillas are fed 1/8 cup of maintenance pellet, unlimited timothy or mixed grass hay, and a small amount of dark green, leafy vegetables (NO SPINACH) each day.
SPECIAL CONCERNS - A guinea pig's diet should be supplemented with Vitamin C. Children's chewable or guinea pig vitamins are recommended.
Female guinea pigs who become pregnant for the first time after the age of one year, are at risk of serious dystocia and may require a Cesarean section.