Diseases of Domestic Guinea Pigs. The scientific name of the guinea pig is Cavia porcellus, from which their other name, the cavy, originates.
Diseases of Domestic Guinea Pigs
When I was reviewing the references in preparation for this book ‘guinea pig’ emerged as the most popular term and that is why I have chosen to use it throughout my text.
I have bred and exhibited guinea pigs for over 30 years, and since I qualified as a veterinary surgeon I have been able to expand this interest in a more professional capacity. This book aims to provide a comprehensive text covering all aspects of the species, and it is written in part to try and help dispel the myth that ‘a sick guinea pig is a dead guinea pig’. It is hoped that it will be of help to veterinary surgeons in general practice, and also to anyone who shares an interest in guinea pigs.
I have tried to make the information as readily accessible as possible, and wherever a treatment is mentioned it is given a reference number in brackets. All these treatments are listed numerically in Chapter 11 which provides full details of dose rates, contraindications, etc., and also the components of the proprietary preparations which should enable like alternatives to be found, if the former are unavailable.