Guinea Pig Health

Weigh Regularly

Catching gradual weight loss can be key to detecting illness early.

Check Teeth, Eyes, and Ears

Incisors (front teeth) should be aligned and not broken. Eyes should be bright and clear, not cloudy, crusty, or bulging. Ears should be clean and free of debris.

Trim Toenails

Guinea pig toenails should be trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks. The LA Guinea Pig Rescue has an excellent video. Nail trimming is also available at our rescue on Saturdays during regular store hours. 

Check Bodies, Fur, & Feet

Bodies should be free of lumps. There should be no crusty or missing fur (except for the bald spots behind the ears). Bottoms of feet should be pink and should have no sores.

Regular Vet Checkup

Although vaccinations are not required, guinea pigs should still see a vet regularly to ensure they are not hiding any illnesses.

Know Your Guinea Pigs' Habits

No one will know your guinea pigs better than you. If you think your guinea pig seems "off", you should make a trip to the vet.

Signs of Illness

If your guinea pig exhibits any of these symptoms, they need to go to the vet:

  • Not eating or drinking
  • Not pooping
  • Sits with a hunched posture
  • Sits with their face pressed into a corner
  • Has crusty eyes
  • Has crusty nose
  • Scratching excessively
  • Has head tilt
  • Appears puffed up
  • Losing fur
  • Hops instead of walks
  • Has blood in their urine
  • Squeals when pottying

Guinea Lynx is one of the most comprehensive online medical and care guides.