If your guinea pig needs to go to the vet, then it will need to be taken quickly, with a friend, with the minimum of fuss, and in a good transport box. Going to the vet is a stressful experience for a guinea pig, so it’s kindest to do so efficiently and by bringing lots of home comforts.
Ensure your pet has access to food and water for the journey
- Make sure you know that the vet you’re heading to is a guinea pig expert, as some vets deal mainly with cats and dogs and might not have the knowledge to properly treat your pet.
- Plan your route, and, if you’re driving, make sure your car is an acceptable temperature for your pet.
- Get a pet carrier or a sturdy box with a lid, air holes, and a reinforced or thoroughly taped-up base. Cars are interesting places for guinea pigs but there are lots of dangers, like getting thrown around by the car moving. For this reason, it’s best to keep them in a small area that is secured so it can’t move during transit.
- Line the box or carrier with newspaper and hay, or some fluffy towels. Make sure your pets have access to hay, food and water. It’s a good idea to rub some of their bedding into the pet carrier or box, so that it smells more like home, and to take a companion for the poorly animal.
- It’s not a good idea to leave your pets alone in the car, particularly on hot days. Cars can get extremely hot extremely quickly, which can lead to your guinea pigs getting heat stroke. Make the journey as quickly as possible and as close to their ideal temperature range as possible.