What’s In My Guinea Pig First Aid Kit?

Well whee asked you peoples what you would like to see us cover in future posts and this was one mentioned. What do whee keep in our piggy first aid kit?

Well first you might wonder why you need a piggy first aid kit. When whee piggies get hurt or sick there is nothing whee need more than veterinary treatment. Nothing in the first aid kit can take the place of the professional opinion of a vet, these are just things to tide you over till you can get to a vet, or things to use in emergencies.  You need to make sure you have a cavy savvy vet you can get to and know about before your piggy gets sick. You will already be pretty upset if your piggy is unwell so the last thing you want is to do is have to dash around searching for a vet. There is a great list here for people in the UK, of vets recommended by other guinea pig owners, including ours, through The Guinea Pig Forum.

Without further ado, here are the things in our first aid kit!

This is everything including the things Mummy forgot to take pigtures of!

  • 1ml syringes (some with the tips cut off to allow for easier syringe feeding)
  • 2ml syringes
  • Our brushes (whee are always soothed by being brushed so Mummy keeps those nearby)
  • Nail clippers, whee use Options Nail Trimmers from here
  • Pill crusher (pestle and mortar, it’s the hoomans one kept in the kitchen but useful for us too)
  • Tweezers
  • Small scissors (such as hooman nail scissors)
  • Towels (whee have a few small hand towels just for us)
  • Cotton wool pads
  • Cotton buds
  • Bandages
  • Disposable gloves
  • Weighing Scales
  • Piggy shampoos, whee have one insecticidal and a few others. Whee use shampoos by Johnsons or Pets At Home
  • Small animal wipes (the ones whee use are suitable for cleaning eyes and ears as well as our furs!) Whee use Johnsons Vet Small Animal Wipes, found near the bottom of this page 
  • A few small bowls and spoons
  • Pet Safe Heatpad (Snuggle Safe Microwaveable Heat pad, good for all animals, not just piggies! Found here)
  • A few tubes of saline (for cleaning and flushing out wounds, bought from our vet)
  • Probiotic powder (add to water and give to piggies when they are having antibiotics to replace the good bacteria that is being killed too.  Also good for digestive problems in piggies) Whee use Pro-C Probiotic by Vet Ark and bought it here
  • Syringe food formula (whee have two brands because whee are fussy piggies! Oxbox Critical Care and Selective Science Recovery are the two whee recommend, both bought from our vet and whee have two sachets of each)
  • A veterinary wound powder (available in some pet stores and online) Whee use Johnsons Veterinary Wound Powder from here
  • The pet safe tea tree skin cream (soothes itchy skin, only the one in pet shops and labelled for guinea pigs is suitable) Whee use Johnsons Tea Tree Skin cream here
  • Daktarin cream (used to treat patches of fungal infections, available in chemists)
  • Anti-fungal spray (used on large areas of fungal) Whee use Beaphar Anti-fungal spray from here
  • Vicks Vaporub or Vicks Inhaler (really helps piggies with respiratory infections or allergies to breath easier, best placed near the cage but out of reach)

Mummy keeps most of our stuff in a little basket next to our cage. She also keeps the books she has about piggies there. Some useful books include ‘Peter Gurney’s Collins Family Pet Guide – Guinea Pig‘ which has a great section in the back about emergencies.

Also nearby is a selection of our favourite treats, as bribes and very important for a first aid kit!


Hope this is useful and efurryone has a wonderful wheeky wednesday

Nutty, Nacho, Buddy & Basil


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Posted on July 24, 2013, in Piggy Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. My goodness! That’s quite a bunch of magical things in your first aid kit but it sounds like your Mummy is more than ready for anything – including just daily care and CERTAINLY an emergency. It sounds like you piggies are in VERY good hands!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  2. Wow! I’d say your mummy is very well prepared! Good for her, taking such good care of all of you!

  3. I would add that iodine like Betadine is important to have as well. It does stain a bit, but has bot antifungal and antibacterial antiseptic properties. I also discovered — when I ran out of triple antibiotic ointment for me — that a drop or two on the pad of an adhesive bandage (with the excess blotted through the pad once applied) will not only reduce the inflamation on something like a paper cut or ingrown nail, it will actually draw the wound and heals everything DAYS faster (guess who doesn’t buy triple antibiotic ointment anymore?). Iodine is superior to hydrogen peroxide.

    I would also add styptic powder (used with the cotton swabs already on your list) for accidentally clipping claws too short.

    There is this stuff called VetRX that is marketed for poulty and livestock that smells a bit like Vicks Vap-o-Rub that we’ve been using for almost 20 years. It’s got camphor, blasam, rosemary, and maybe a few other essential oils in a corn oil base.

    We wear contact lenses in our family, so I always keep some plain saline around. Saline also comes in smaller bottles as nasal spray.

    Among “bandages,” a roll or two of cohesive elastic bandages is good to have. They come in wild colors and can be used to hold on dressing for torso wounds. The stuff has a million household uses, and a few rolls should be in a first aid kit for people too (think “disposable elastic bandage for sprains/strains and the best thing ever to keep dressing on scraped knees).

    • Very good points to add there. Whee just included the things in our first aid box but the hooman is always adding more things as she learns them!

      Most of the stuff is things our vet has recommended whee keep around and things Mummy has learnt over the years. But you never stop learning! Thanks for the info!


      • Exploring a feed & tack store generally is a good idea. Most of the stuff in my human first aid kit as far as bandaging supplies and antiseptic is for horses (same stuff, bigger size, cheaper than a drug store). I don’t often use a brush for my set, I have a jelly rubber horse wash mit with tiny little nubs meant for washing horses’ faces that works MUCH better (with the help of a little static electricity) to shed out my pigs.

  4. Congrats on the royal baby! I saw the Prince and Princess on the doorstep of the hospital with the baby. Very cute! You have a great medical kit. I swear by Oxbow Critical Care. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

    • The Oxbow is the better one but the selective science one has a slightly different flavour which whee sometimes take to better if whee are being picky!

      And whee are so excited about the Royal Baby, whee think it should be called Prince Nibbles, after a great piggy there once was . . . ^_^


  5. This is so informative. Ma is going to make our piggies a 1st aid kit now. Thank you for the advice!

    • Glad whee could help. Of course if you can only manage half of the things listed thats still better than nothing. Mummy is starting to think whee need a bigger basket for all our stuff!


  6. This is a great and awesome post my friends! XOXO – Bacon

  7. Great that you have nearly an complete “ER” on your side. You have a very good mom!

  8. I’m worried about the small animal wipes. You are small animals so why get wipes made out of them? I’d try to get the artificial stuff, myself.

  9. Amazing. It’s great that you’re spreading the word on that. If i’d done that it would’ve saved my hamsters a lot of problems. We often had to rush to the vet, but with one of my hamsters who had diarrhea it was too late..

  10. Fascinating! Your mom is ready for anything!

  11. Dr Hu’mum to the rescue! well stocked piggies and prepared..we love this post! always ready to deal with any event which is so important..we want to do a first aid for animals course so we can act quickly in an emergency.we are asking our vet if they could do this,we think it would be great to help with things like car accidents,snake bites etc…sometimes even a few simple steps taken straight away can make the outcome better when you then get you babies to the vet!
    Have a great day guys big hugs Fozziemum xxx

    • Mummy thinks that it would be useful for doggy and cat owners to have a portable car first aid kit, you never know when you might need it,


      • We have a very special kit because we live in a bushfire area..so our plans are all about safety and first aid etc…it is very important indeed and mummy is right!
        Hugs Fozziemum xxxxx

      • Whee saw a program about how the RSPCA help animals after a bush fire in Australia. It looked really scary and some of the animals were really really hurt and sick. Whee are glad your hoomans are prepared and can keep you safe


      • The RSPCA was good but the shelter I volunteered at was first on the scene..it wa a horrible time and our pets were in the shelter for a month as it was safer..we were away from our house for a month..our town was like a ghost town,police had to stay in case of looters..we used to take donated vegetables to a little wildlife shelter in a small town that was hit hard..this little shelter was burnt all around but they were fine..we got to help a vet dress a kangaroos burnt feet..such a mess they were in..an at the shelter I volunteered at so many cats and dogs and other animals who had lost their owners..so sad..so very sad..they all got rehomed but I will never forget these things,we get alerts on our mobile and home phones if a fire is close…we also have a scanner and at the first hint of trouble we go..our car is packed all summer all I have to do is get the animals and leave..when summer comes we will do a big bloggie on our fireplan,what we do how it works and how to keep you pets safe.
        Hugs Fozziemum xx

  12. Pawsum emergencee kit yer Mum haz fer ya all!!! Me finkz me Mum bettur get wif da program n buy alot more sstuff fer me, MOL!!!
    Lub Nylablue xo

  13. great first aid kit guys! your mum is pawsome!xx Speedy

  14. PRepared for everything!

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