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Guinea Pig Travel Tips

Use this list before you travel with your guinea pig.

By Audrey Pavia

1. The ideal emergency travel carrier for a guinea pig is either a small airline-style carrier made from plastic with a metal door, or a plastic carrier designed specifically for small animals. Both of these carriers are secure yet offer plenty of ventilation. Make sure the carrier is big enough for the guinea pig to turn around comfortably.

2. When transporting your guinea pig to the vet or for any other reason, observe your small pet for signs of stress. Provide shredded paper towels in the carrier so the guinea pig can hide underneath, and consider placing a towel over the carrier to help the guinea pig feel more secure.

3. Don’t leave a guinea pig in the car on a warm day, even with the windows open since the temperature inside the car can reach an unsafe level quickly (guinea pigs are particularly prone to heatstroke). Remember to never open the cage door once you leave your home or the vet’s office because a guinea pig could easily escape.

4. If you are going on vacation and plan to leave your guinea pig behind, find a trusted friend, relative or professional pet sitter to care for your small pet in your absence. Make certain the person knows how to care for a guinea pig, and has taken the time to meet your small pet.

5. Write down detailed care instructions for the pet sitter, and provide emergency numbers for your veterinarian and emergency contacts. Leave a number where you can be reached as well, and provide extra food in case something happens and your return is delayed.

You may also want to consider boarding your guinea pig while you are away. Exotics veterinarians sometimes offer boarding services for small pets.

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when i got my guinea pig she was 4 weeks old and so small she was a x-mas present in OR. i live in WA. all transportation said no i could not take her. so i wore a hoody with the one pocket for two hands and she sleep there for the train trip since then i have taken her by train car bus taxi she has gone into the hospital and even a nice burger joint she talks a lot usually. but i talk to her tell her we are in hobo mode (cuz of the train) she has to be quite and hide she is in a backpack completly open with a towel for her to hide in and food. She stays very quite i check on her a lot try to talk to her when no one is watching. she never makes a sound longest trip was 8 hrs. usually 3 to 5. she is now 5yrs old a great traveler and has been to many places. As soon as we arrive she goes to my shoulder where she sits as i walk. and talks her quite chatter i assume telling everyone about her trip. almost called her Hobo but her name is Gennie and she knows her name is potty trained and is my favorite pet of all time. So leaving her behind is just not an option and i believe she total agrees.
Jennifer, International
Posted: 10/17/2015 1:46:33 AM
I like it in all but I think that you need to add are they an easy pet to travle with in a car.
Daisy, International
Posted: 7/14/2014 4:25:24 PM
If you haven't already made your trip, never fear. We once took our 3 guineas from MO to ME, a 24hr trip! We set up a dog tent in the back seat and seat-belted it in. They did really well, they had food, water, hay, and each their own hidey hole. The only time they squeaked loudly was when it was time for their fresh veggies (which we had in a cooler). We won't do it again only because it was a hassle, but they did well there and back!
Melissa, St. Louis, MO
Posted: 7/20/2012 7:45:38 AM
I am so scared that it will be so much stress on my guinea pigs because they are going to be in the car for 12 hours or longer. I'm afraid that they are going to get julted way to much.
Nicolea, Graymont, IL
Posted: 5/20/2012 5:39:30 PM
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