Guinea Pig Care 101

Guinea pigs make wonderful little pets for the right family. They do have specific care needs, though! Learn more about the specifics of guinea pig care from your Crown Point, IN veterinary professional:

Cage and Bedding

Purchase a large wire-mesh cage for your guinea pig, and make sure it has a solid bottom to accommodate your pig’s wood-shaving bedding material. This bedding will need to be changed out on a regular basis to keep things fresh. Ask your vet to recommend a good bedding type and brand.

Dietary Needs

Guinea pigs need a steady supply of fresh timothy hay to chew on, as well as a commercial pellet diet to make of the bulk of their food intake. In addition, your pig will need fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis—cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, lettuce, kiwi, blueberries, and strawberries are good choices.

Handling Your Pig

Many guinea pigs are quite skittish; bear in mind that it may take weeks or even months before your pig warms up to human contact! Be patient while socializing your new pet.

Do you have questions about guinea pig care? Does your new addition need an exam? Call your animal hospital Crown Point, IN.