First Aid

Below is a list of items that should be every owner’s first aid kit  for their guinea pigs.

  • Styptic powder
  • Bacitracin antibiotic ointment
  • Betadine (for treating/cleaning cuts, scrapes, bites)
  • Epson Salts (for soaking bumblefoot)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Vet wrap and gauze (for bandaging cuts, vet wrap is non-sticky)
  • Baby food (carrots, pumpkin, squash, apples, bananas)
  • Critical Care (from Oxbow, can also be obtained from an exotic vet)
  • Vanilla Ensure (Works well at enticing a guinea pig that won’t eat. Because it’s very high in fat, it should be used very sparingly. Use mixed with Critical Care.)
  • BeneBac or plain yogurt (to neutralize intestines, such as when guinea pigs are on antibiotics)
  • Canned Brown Bread (no raisins) and canned evaporated milk (Can be used in the event that a litter of babies are born and the mother dies – consult with an exotic vet before beginning)
  • Feeding syringes
  • Children’s Maalox or other children’s simethicone product (to use when guinea pig is too bloated from eating too many veggies – consult with an exotic vet for proper dosing)
  • Baby aspirin (works well in emergencies, but should be used only under the advice of an exotic vet)
  • Children’s liquid Vitamin C (follow child’s dosage for sick pigs)
  • Puppy pee pads or white towels (In case blood is noticed in bedding, remove guinea pig and put on white towel/pee pad until it pees again to see if blood is in the urine.)
  • Small pet store cage (to use post-surgery to limit a guinea pig’s activity so sutures can heal, or to use in the event of an illness that requires quarantine from other guinea pigs in the home), as well as additional water bottles, food bowls, hidey house, and so on.