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Vet How often do i need to take them to the vet?

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I have had my guinea pigs for about 7 months. Since I have not had them a full year yet I was wondering how often they need to go to the vet. Once a year? Twice a year? Only if I think there might be a problem? I did about 4 hours worth of research before I got them but I don't remember this particular thing.
 

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Personally, I'd like to take mine once a year as an annual check up. If there is something wrong with them (guineas hide being sick or injured!) they should be taken to a vey asap. For some guineas, they may need a twice annual vet visit, maybe because of chronic issues, age, etc.
 

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I wonder about scheduled check-ups as well. I've only been taking them when I suspect something is wrong. Granted, I tend to get freakishly paranoid easily. I took them to the vet (needlessly) about 4 times in the first month!

I weigh them weekly, and they're also right in my living room to help me detect changes in behavior.
 

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I only take mine when I feel there is something wrong. Guinea pigs do not need regular vaccinations like a dog or cat (or ferret!) and it is very stressful to bring them to the vet if there is nothing wrong with them.
 

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Thanks for the answers everyone! I will take them to the vet once a year and if I think there is a problem. I was also wondering how much a checkup would cost. Does it depend on the vet or is there like a average ammount?
 

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Check-up prices vary a lot depending on who you go to. I've seen 70-90 dollars around my area. The cheapest price I've seen from someone on these forums is 58 dollars.

You also need to choose a vet that has experience with rodents. It will say they do "exotics" on their building/website and you can inquire further. So even if you find somewhere really cheap, they may not know a thing about guineas. Sometimes it's worth paying more.
 

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Thanks for the answers everyone! I will take them to the vet once a year and if I think there is a problem. I was also wondering how much a checkup would cost. Does it depend on the vet or is there like a average ammount?
25$ checkup/nail trim.
 

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25$ checkup/nail trim.

I stand corrected. This is the lowest vet check-up price I've ever seen period, in my entire life, even at a vet that does not do rodents. You are an incredibly lucky person!
 

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I stand corrected. This is the lowest vet check-up price I've ever seen period, in my entire life, even at a vet that does not do rodents. You are an incredibly lucky person!
Good to know :) It's nice clinic in my neighborhood, but we got few of them, maybe that affects the price. I'm in NY Queens.
 

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haha, ok thanks. I found a vet in my area using guineapigzone.com.
 

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I usually recommend saving the money you would spend on regular check-ups for when something really serious happens. Just one vet visit can end up costing hundreds of dollars.
 

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here: almost 60 dollars for a non-cavy-savy vet, 80.00 for another non-cavy-savy vet, and 80.00 plus gas for the trip for a cavy-savy-vet. I've seen up to....120-200. if it is a checkup, usually cheap. nail trim is usually free or cheap depending on the person and such... exrays are 80.00 here for a non-cavy-savy-vet, and meds can make an 80.00 vet check turn into 200.00 minimum.
 
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