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Guinea Pig Care in Charleston, SC

Guinea pigs are affectionate, social animals, and make wonderful pets. Our vet team in Charleston, SC is very happy to meet your guinea pig companion and advise you in their care. While they may be small and aren’t particularly needy, they still require very attentive treatment both from you and their veterinarian in order to stay healthy. Because they are prey animals, guinea pigs are known to hide clinical signs of illness, which could put them at risk if they are sick.

Therefore, we recommend bringing in your guinea pig every 6 months for a checkup so we can make sure they’re in fine condition. While the average guinea pig lifespan is 4-5 years, exceptionally healthy pigs can reach 7-8 years of age!

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Guinea Pig VetCare Package

Guinea Pig VetCare Package

To lower the cost of your guinea pig’s care and ensure all their needs are covered, we offer the Guinea Pig VetCare Package.


  • Our VetCare Packages are for healthy pets only
  • Because our VetCare Packages are already discounted, they cannot be purchased with CareCredit or Scratchpay, and no coupons or other discounts can be applied

This Package Includes

  • Comprehensive Health and Dental Checkup Guinea pigs don’t like to show signs that they’re ill, so it’s important that we see them for a full exam on a regular basis.
  • Intestinal Parasite Screen Your vet will perform a combined test to screen your guinea pig for roundworms, tapeworms, coccidia, and giardia.
  • Spay/NeuterSpaying or neutering is an important preventative measure that can protect your guinea pig from reproductive tumors, cancers, and cysts, and reduce undesirable behaviors.
  • Nail Trim Long nails can cause problems for guinea pigs and their owners, so a nail trim is essential for everyone’s comfort and safety.
  • Vitamin C Liquid Supplement We offer a tasty liquid vitamin C supplement that your guinea pig needs daily to protect them from scurvy.
  • Oxbow Critical Care and Feeding Syringe A lack of appetite can be life-threatening for your guinea pig. Our VetCare Package provides your pet with a hand-feeding formula and syringe for emergency use.
  • Package Add-OnsComprehensive Blood Panel:
    Standard $230, as Package Add-On $180
    Comprehensive Blood Panel: With a small drop of blood, we will screen your pet for infection, inflammation, or anemia. Blood chemistries can reveal any issues related to tissue and internal organ dysfunction and help to detect diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, and other disorders.
  • Females: $610 With our Guinea Pig VetCare Package, you receive $719 worth of care for only $610.
  • Males: $460With our Guinea Pig VetCare Package, you receive $539 worth of care for only $460.
  • How do I sign up for a VetCare Package? Purchase online, then make reservation online
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Wellness Services We Provide for Guinea Pigs

Wellness Services We Provide for Guinea Pigs

Listening To Guinea Pigs Heart

Here’s what we recommend for your guinea pig to help them live a long and healthy life:

  • Post-purchase exam - includes a physical exam, fecal analysis, microchipping, and discussion about spaying/neutering
  • 6-month exam - includes a physical exam and fecal analysis
  • Annual exam - includes physical exam, fecal analysis, CBC/blood chemistry
  • Geriatric exam - includes physical exam, fecal analysis, CBC/blood chemistry, radiographs, and ultrasound
Signs of a Health Emergency

Signs of a Health Emergency

Keep an eye out for an unusual behaviors or physical signs with your guinea pig. This could be a sign of a serious health problem. Contact us right away at (843) 216-8387 if you see any of the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fewer stools
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Painful when handled or touched
  • Rolling or flipping over
  • Holding head tilted to one side
  • Hunched posture
  • Matted/unkempt coat
  • Fecal/urine staining of the fur

Your guinea pig’s health can deteriorate quickly without prompt treatment, so don’t hesitate to call us if you have concerns or questions.

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Common Diseases and Conditions in Guinea Pigs

Common Diseases and Conditions in Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs can experience many different health conditions, with some being life-threatening. These include:

  • Scurvy (hypovitaminosis C)
  • Respiratory disease
  • Reproductive disease
  • Ear disease (otitis)
  • Urinary disease (bladder stones)
  • Dental disease
  • Skin diseases such as mites, ringworm, and sarcoptic mange
Guinea Pig Care Sheet

Guinea Pig Care Sheet

Chinchilla Care

Chinchilla Care

Chinchillas are also welcome as patients to our hospital. We are more than happy to provide a lifetime of care that includes:

  • Routine health checkups
  • Blood work
  • Fecal exams

If you have questions about your chinchilla or need to book now, call (843) 216-8387.