Surgery and Post-Op Care
If your Guinea pig is unwell, it is a difficult decision whether or not to let your Guinea Pig have an operation and undergo Anaesthesia. Guinea pigs have a relatively high risk of anaesthetic complications, with a perioperative mortality rate of 3.80% compared with 0.24% for cats and 0.17% for dogs (according to Brodbelt et al, 2008). This study revealed that all exotic species have a higher risk of anaesthetic complications than more commonly treated domestic pets. Sometimes though, it is an unavoidable risk due to being necessary for the life of your pet and definitely something that all of us worry about.
Be Prepared To Care For Your Guinea Pig Following Any Surgery
Most guinea pigs seem to recover well from surgery and are up and eating right away but recovery can take more time for others. It is not unusual for guinea pigs to be quieter and less active than usual for the first 24 hours after surgery. Appetite is often down, but you should syringe feed to keep digestion moving properly. Often a guinea pig hasn't eaten since early morning so there may be little poops. Fluids given postoperatively should carry hydration over just fine until the next day. Look for pee stains on the bedding to ensure fluids are moving through.
Make absolutely sure your guinea pig begins eating as soon as possible after surgery. If your guinea pig is not eating that evening (following surgery earlier in the day), be sure to hand feed. Your guinea pig should be eating within a hour or two after surgery.
Food and water should be available at all times.
Provide extra vitamin C if directed by your ve. (perhaps 50mg/day).
Supplement your ill or recovering guinea pig with Oxbow Critical Care if you have access to this product. We always have this in stock, it is a great thing to have in your piggie first aid box. Mix it with a little water and they can eat it from a syringe or spoon.
If your guinea pig has had open surgery, keep the guinea pig on towels or fleece, change at least twice a day for 3 days or as needed. If your guinea pig chews on the towels, use flat newspaper instead (not shredded). White towels are best; you can monitor any bleeding and poop and pee output more easily.
Regarding temperature, keep your guinea pig warm. The room should be comfortable. Use a wrapped water bottle, heat pad or light (for its radiant warmth) at one end of a cage. Any heat source should be positioned so the guinea pig can move away from it if uncomfortable. Don't let them lie on a heat pad if they cannot move away, guinea pigs can't sweat and can easily become too warm and over heat.
It’s not a good idea to handle your pet unnecessarily. If it’s just had an operation it will be sore and probably in pain if you try to pick it up, especially if they’ve had a stomach operation, as the usual picking up method puts a lot of strain on this area. Just leave them to rest, but keep a close eye on them. Do not let chrildren play with them until they are fully healed.
After care Tips
First Aid kit for Guinea Pigs
If you own Guinea Pigs, it is a good idea to prepare a Guinea Pig first aid kit.
If your Guinea pigs become ill, you may not be able to get an appointment immediately for your pet and you may have to wait a few hours or even until the next day before you can see a vet,( although if I'm worried, I always insist it is an emergency, Well it is to me!) Sometimes, there are things you can do to help your guinea pig at home until your vet appointment but please always get a veterinary diagnosis if your piggie is ill as their advice is extremely important. Also if you do see a vet and they give you medication for your piggie, you may need some things contained in your first aid kit to help you administer the medication prescribed properly and already having a First Aid kit at home, all the equipment you need will be on hand ready.
We have an emergency first aid kit, ready and waiting, just in case the need ever arises.
Your First Aid Kit should contain.
1ml syringes *
Critical care syringe.
Pill crusher (small/mini poly bag and a smooth egg cup and old spoon)
Plastic baby spoon
Cotton wool pads
* Oxbow Critical care or Science recovery
A syringe feed for Guineas who are not eating normally.
* Vetark Pro-C Probiotic
Powder mixed with water for Piggies with digestive upsets, particularly diarrhoea.
* Saline wash
Cleansing and flushing a variety of wounds and eyes for hay pokes.
Which we have for Rabbits for gi Stasis
Vetericyn Plus Wound & Skin Care Liquid
For cuts or bites.
* Beaphar anti-ringworm Spray
* Ivermectin for Mites or Mange
All of the about items marked with an * can be bought from us and collected the same day if you need them in an emergency.