How to Medicate Your Guinea Pig

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Administering medication to a guinea pig can be difficult. Guinea pigs usually don't enjoy being restrained and don't take medication willingly. Below are techniques for giving liquid and tablet medication.

Liquid Medication

  • Draw up the prescribed amount of medication in a syringe or eyedropper.

  • Hold the head and neck of the guinea pig with one hand.

  • Use the other hand to place the tip of the syringe or eyedropper just behind the front teeth.

  • The guinea pig will usually open his/her mouth trying to remove the syringe.

  • While the guinea pig is chewing at the syringe or eyedropper, slowly administer the medication.

    Tablet Medication

  • Tablets are very difficult to give to guinea pigs. Consider obtaining a pill crusher at a local pharmacy.

  • Crush the medication using a pill crusher or other method.

  • Once the medication is in powder form, mix the medicine with a small amount of flavored Sustacal or Ensure.

  • About 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) of flavored diet supplement should be enough.

  • After mixing the powdered medication with the supplement, follow the instructions for administering liquid form medication.

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