A guinea pig also known as a cavy can be one of the most endearing and wonderful pets. They may live as long as 9 years (the average is 5 to 7), so the decision to bring one into your home must be made carefully.

When a guinea pig is ill, it can go downhill very quickly. Prompt, competent veterinary care can be crucial to saving the life of an ill cavy. By the time a cavy shows signs of illness, it is often seriously ill.