Guinea Pig First Aid Kit | 23 Essential Items & How to Make One

No matter if it is for humans or animals, a first aid kit is a good precaution. You never know when you or your pet might need it. If you end up to never needing it even better!

It is best to include the necessary supplies in the first aid so that you can treat any wounds or other issues that your guinea pig may encounter. Because treatment requires experience, its best to later ask for vet’s assistance. Be sure to include the vet’s contact information near your kit.

How to Make a Guinea Pig First Aid Kit? | 23 Essential Items

How to Make a Guinea Pig First Aid Kit

A full guinea pig first aid kit must contain the following components:

1. Styptic powder

Gold Medal Pets Stop Bleeding Styptic Powder, .5 oz.
  • Quick, Safe & Effective
  • A Dry Powder that Clots Blood
  • Dries up liquid & moisture
  • Used by professional Groomers on companion animals for small cuts, clipper burn or nicks
  • Especially Effective for Toenails that have been cut to the quick.

2. Betadine – This is great for cleaning and/or treating bites, scrapes, and cuts.

Dynarex Povidone Iodine Prep Solution USP, Effective Topical Antiseptic Liquid for Skin and Mucosa, Cleansing and Preparation, Brown, 1 - 16 Fluid Oz. Bottle
  • EFFECTIVE YET GENTLE: Using Dynarex Povidone Iodine Prep Solution, as a topical antiseptic for the cleansing and preparation of skin prior to medical procedures, proves highly effective yet gentle on skin.
  • 16 FLUID OUNCE BOTTLE: For convenience, a bottle of the Dynarex Povidone Iodine Prep Solution may be kept in a first aid kit, or wherever you keep health care supplies. The liquid may be applied to the skin by using a cotton ball or swab.
  • ANTISEPTIC FOR SKIN PREPARATION: Povidone iodine prep solution is used in the health care field as an antiseptic to prep the skin prior to minor invasive procedures including venipuncture, renal dialysis and starting an intravenous treatment.
  • HELPS PREVENT INFECTION: Ideal for use on minor cuts, skin abrasions or scrapes and burns, to significantly reduce the risk of harmful infection. Allow the povidone iodine prep solution to dry thoroughly before covering with a bandage or gauze.
  • HIGH QUALITY: Dynarex Povidone Iodine Prep Solution USP should be included in a well-stocked medicine cabinet and complete first aid kit. Dynarex provides Best in Class alternative to other leading brands.

3. Bacitracin antibiotic ointment

MED PRIDE Bacitracin Antibiotic Ointment with Zinc [144 Packets x 0.9g]- First Aid Antibiotic Cream with Pain Relief- Travel-Size Individual Antibiotic Ointment Packets for Burns, Cuts, Wound Care
  • PREVENTS INFECTION: Antibiotic Ointment with active ingredients that offers relief for minor skin irritations, itching/ rashes while also helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns.
  • FIRST-AID ESSENTIALS: The Medpride Bacitracin Zinc Ointment is a must have for every household as it can aid in very common situations like: chaffing, dermatitis, eczema, itchy or dry skin.
  • PREVENTS MINOR SKIN INFECTIONS: Our Antibiotic Ointment prevents dirt and small particles that may lead to infections caused by small cuts, accidental punctures, scrapes or burns, making it one of the most useful ointments to have in your home at all times.
  • MUST-HAVE FOR NEW PARENTS: Creates a water-resistant coating that works especially well with irritated/ dry skin that allows for faster recuperation. An ideal choice for diaper rash, our ointment can soothe your baby’s skin irritations fast and efficiently.
  • ENHANCED RESULTS: The Bacitracin component of our ointment is combined with Zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral found throughout our bodies that helps infection resistance and plays a highly important role in tissue repair.

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5. Oxbow Critical Care

Oxbow Animal Health Critical Care, Herbivore, Anise Flavor, 141 Gram Bag (70100), Multi-colored, 4.97 Ounce (Pack of 1)
  • Designed specifically to support the needs of small herbivores
  • Powdered formula - just add water
  • High in fiber, no added sugar
  • High palatability
  • Apple Banana flavor

6. Liquid vitamin C

CHILDLIFE ESSENTIALS Liquid Vitamin C for Infants, Toddlers & Kid- Immune Support, All-Natural, Gluten-Free, Allergen Free, Non-GMO, High in Antioxidants - Orange Flavor, 4 Oz Bottle
  • VITAMIN C FOR KIDS - ChildLife’s great-tasting Liquid Vitamin C provides all natural support for immune system function in infants, children, and teens with essential antioxidants
  • KIDS VITAMIN C FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT - Vitamin C has been thoroughly researched and shown to help support the immune system through daily us
  • HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS - Our Vitamin C supplement uses all natural ingredients & has a great tasting natural orange flavor that kids love, while providing ample immune support
  • SUGGESTED USE - Depending on age, give your child .25 to 1 tsp of Childlife Essentials vitamin C or kids daily as a vital antioxidant to promote general wellbeing & immune response
  • OUR STORY - Our pioneering pediatrician, Dr. Murray Clarke, was the first to create specialized kids vitamins. A generation later, we’re still the world leader

7. Baby guinea pig food

Oxbow Essentials Young Guinea Pig Food - All Natural Guinea Pig Pellets - 5 lb.
  • ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS FOR YOUNG, PREGNANT, OR NURSING GUINEA PIGS: Made with protein-rich Oxbow Alfalfa for optimal energy and fiber essential to support healthy digestion
  • SUPPORTS MUSCLE & BONE DEVELOPMENT: Made with balanced protein and calcium sources to support the muscle and bone development of young and growing guinea pigs
  • PERFECT FOR PICKY EATERS: Uniform pellets prevent selective feeding
  • FORTIFIED FOOD: Fortified with vitamins and minerals for optimum health
  • VETERINARIAN RECOMMENDED: Formulated with the guidance of top veterinarians and nutritionists

8. Epson salts – For treating bumblefoot.

Amazon Brand - Solimo Epsom Salt Soaking Aid, Rosemary & Mint Scent, 3 pound (Pack of 1)
  • One 3-pound resalable bag of Epsom salt crystals
  • Soothing soaking aid for the bath scented with peppermint, spearmint and rosemary
  • If you like Dr Teal's Epsom Salt Soaking Solution, we invite you to try Solimo Epsom Salt Soaking Aid
  • An Amazon Brand

9. Vanilla Ensure – For a guinea pig that refuses to eat. It’s great for enticing the pig and since it’s very high in fat, it should be used in moderation in combination with Critical Care.

Ensure Original Vanilla Liquid Nutrition Shake With Fiber, Gluten free Meal Replacement Shake, 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 24)
  • COMPLETE, BALANCED NUTRITION: A comprehensive blend of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and essential vitamins and minerals
  • IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT: An excellent source of zinc, vitamin A, and antioxidants—vitamins C & E and selenium—for immune system support
  • 27 VITAMINS & MINERALS: To support muscle, heart, and bone health, & energy
  • GREAT TASTE: A delicious source of protein, you can enjoy it as a small meal replacement, with a meal, or as a snack
  • #1 DOCTOR-RECOMMENDED: Ensure, the brand for strength and energy, is also the brand recommended most by doctors who suggest nutritional drinks to their patients

10. Bandage – For bandaging open wounds such as cuts and bites.

11. Cotton swabs

Sky Organics Organnic Cotton Swabs for Sensitive Skin, 100% Pure GOTS Certified Organic for Beauty & Personal Care, 500 ct.
  • 100% Pure Organic Cotton Swabs: Made with sustainably-grown, chlorine-free, hypoallergenic cotton. These ultra-soft-tipped cotton swabs are strong and durable, making them ideal for gently cleaning outer ears or a multitude of other uses
  • Gentle On Skin: Our ultra durable organic cotton swabs are extra gentle for sensitive skin. Use to gently clean the outer surface of the ears or for a variety of beauty and personal care uses. Perfect for applying toners, removing makeup and nail polish, delicately cleansing cuts and scrapes and for DIY craft projects
  • INGREDIENTS WITH PURPOSE: 100% pure, sustainably-farmed cotton fiber, processed without chlorine and conforming to organic standards, is ultra-soft and absorbent to provide gentle care for skin
  • OUR INGREDIENT INTEGRITY: We consider organic certification to be the highest clean, natural standard, so we don't need a free from list to assure you of this product's purity and sustainability.
  • CERTIFIABLY BETTER BEAUTY: Sky Organics is a proud certified B Corporation as a result of its high standards of social and environmental responsibility and believes business should be a force for good. This product is GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, Vegan and Cruelty-Free

12. Cotton Balls

Sky Organics Organic Jumbo Cotton Balls for Sensitive Skin, 100% Pure GOTS Certified Organic for Beauty & Personal Care, 100 ct.
  • WHY WE LOVE IT: Sky Organics Organic Cottons Balls are made with love, not pesticides or other harsh chemicals so they are hypoallergenic.
  • BEAUTY & PERSONAL CARE: Sky Organics Organic Cotton Balls are soft and durably made, these ultra-soft balls are gentle on skin – making them the perfect for applying your favorite toners, makeup removers and other skincare products.
  • 100% PURE: Sky Organics Organic Cotton Balls are made with GOTS Certified Organic cotton. That means there were no pesticides or insecticides used in the manufacturing of our consciously made cotton.
  • FOR BEST RESULTS: Use to apply toners and astringents, remove makeup and nail polish, delicately clean cuts and scrapes, or for DIY craft projects.
  • GOOD FOR YOU, GOOD FOR THE PLANET: Sky Organics Organic Cotton Balls are GOTS Certified Organic and 100% vegan, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, biodegradable and chlorine and fragrance-free.

13. Animal Wipes

Pogi's Dog Grooming Wipes - 100 Dog Wipes for Cleaning and Deodorizing - Plant-Based, Hypoallergenic Pet Wipes for Dogs, Puppy Wipes - Quick Bath Dog Wipes for Paws, Butt, & Body - Fragrance Free
  • Conditioning Ingredients - Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Hawaiian Awapuhi help clean, freshen and condition while giving the coat a healthy shine. Perfect for wiping away odor, dirt, and dander from paws, bodies, and bums in between baths.
  • Large Pet Wipes (8 x 9 inches) - Our textured dog grooming wipes are made big enough for even the largest dogs, and thick enough for the heaviest coats. Perfectly sized puppy wipes and kitten/cat wipes.
  • Versatile - When normal baths are not an option, pet parents love using Pogi’s dog cleaning wipes for gentle puppy baths, pets under stress, or pets post surgery.
  • Hypoallergenic Dog Wipes - Completely free of parabens, sulfates, alcohol so they’re safe for daily use. They are also gentle enough wipes for use around the eyes, ears, and face.
  • Super Convenient - Perfect for at home or travel. Use as a quick touch up, as dog wipes for paws and butt after a muddy walk, or when it's too cold for a bath outside.

14. First Aid Tape

3M Transpore Clear 1-Inch Wide First Aid Tape, 10-Yard Roll (2 Rolls), Model:1527-1
  • Easy, straight, bi-directional tear
  • Good adhesion to skin and tubing
  • Allows clinician to tailor the tape for the various dressings and devices
  • Hypoallergenic and not made with natural rubber latex
  • Water resistant

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16. Disposable gloves

Safeguard Nitrile Disposable Gloves, Powder Free, Food Grade Gloves, Latex Free, 100 Pc, Medium
  • Latex and powder free for sensitive hands or foods
  • Durable, highly elastic, and Puncture Resistant
  • Ambidextrous, textured and contoured fingers for improved grip

17. Scissors

Acme United 90292 Bandage Shears Titanium 7-Inch Gray/Yellow
  • Sold as 1 Each.
  • Titanium-Bonded blades are 3x harder than stainless steel. Essential addition to an EMS/EMT bag or first aid kit.
  • Comfortable, soft grip handles.
  • Adjustable blade tension for optimal performance.
  • Effortlessly cuts gauze, tape, clothing, bandages.

18. Feeding syringe

19. Magnifying glass

Headband Magnifier Glasses LED Magnifying Loupe Head Mount Magnifier Hands—Free Bracket and Headband are Interchangeable 5 Replaceable Lenses 1.0X,1.5X,2.0X,2.5X,3.5X (Upgraded Version)
  • HIGH DEFINITION AND NO DISTORTION: The individual lenses /magnifying lenses can be easily assembled and dismantled.5 different sizes of head magnifier lenses can meet your different needs.
  • MORE COMFORTABLE TO WEAR: You can put this head mount magnifier on your head like a pair of glasses. Ergonomic frame design. Mirror leg can be removed and changed to elastic band. This headband magnifier glasses has a very light weigh so that you would not feel any burdened or uncomfortable.
  • HIGH QUALITY AND ADJUSTABLE LED LIGHT: The headband magnifiers has a lamp with 2 high quality LED. The movable head magnifier lens slot can adjust the distance between your eyes and lens for different needs to ensure accurate irradiation of light source on the surface of viewed object ,making it more convenient in use. This magnifying glass lamp can be used as a headlamp at night.
  • EASE EYE STRAIN: The acrylic optics lens of magnifying eyewear can help you see objects easily. Easing your eye strain while working long hours and free your hands.
  • VARIOUS USAGE: Perfect headset magnifier for close up work like dentists, electricians, jewelers, sewing, crafts, beauty, painting and the elderly.

20. Tweezers

Tweezer Guru Ingrown Hair Tweezers - Pointed Precision Tweezers for Eyebrows & Ingrown Hair Removal - Blackhead and Splinter Tweezer with Sharp Needle Nose Point (2 Piece Set, Black (Point+Slant))
  • PRECISE: Our professional precision tweezers for women and men are perfectly aligned with a strong wide grip for optimal tweezing control.
  • DURABLE: Built to last, our needle nose tweezers are made with premium-grade stainless steel and a matte finish for a flawless grip that never slips.
  • SHARP: Our ingrown hair tweezers are great at getting hair trapped beneath the skin. Their ultra-pointed tip also allows for seamless removal of a blackhead, sliver, or glass.
  • EASY: Say goodbye to the frustration of unruly eyebrows and stubborn ingrowns - our fine point forceps are the best tweezers for chin hair, plucking eyebrows, or extracting ingrown facial hairs.
  • CONVENIENT: With a protective sleeve to cover tips, the pointy tweezers are travel size and designed for on-the-go convenience. A great addition to anyone's beauty routine.

21. Flashlight – For easier identification of small injuries.

GearLight S100 LED Pocket Pen Light- 2 Small, Compact Flashlights with Clip for Tight Spaces, Police Inspection, Nurses & Medical Use
  • COMPACT - This sleek and portable pocket flashlight is compact enough to fit into small, tight spaces and illuminate hard to see work areas, making it ideal for close-up tasks.
  • BRIGHT - Light up concentrated areas with the bright, diffused beam on this pen flashlight. Conveniently powered for hours with 2 standard AAA batteries (batteries not included).
  • DURABLE - Built for rough handling, this durable mini LED flashlight is made of military-grade aluminum and can survive accidental drops and temporary water submersions.
  • PORTABLE - Take this mini flashlight with you wherever you go. The removable pocket clip can easily be attached to your belt, bag, binder, shirt or pants pocket.
  • SIZE - Measuring 5.25 x 0.5 x 0.5 inches, these small flashlights also work great as police flashlights, pen lights for nurses, or repair lights for mechanics.

22. Hot water bottle

Attmu Hot Water Bottle with Cover Knitted, Transparent Hot Water Bag 2 Liter - Blue
  • Multi Functional Hot Water Bottle - Thermoplastic material that is recyclable. Advanced thermoplastic holds heat longer than traditional hot water bottles for pain relief with cover, also works as an ice pack, or cold water bottle for cold compress. But please Caution: The hot water bottle is not suitable for Microwave oven heating. Warm Tips: FSA or HSA eligible.
  • Easy to Use - Wide mouth is easy to fill and the anti spurt lip of hot water bottle with cover prevent water spitting back out like those old ones. Fill only to two-thirds capacity maximum. It's transparent. No more guesswork about how much hot water is inside.
  • Helpful Assistant - First, warm water bottle can be as heating pad for women period cramps, or treating sore muscles, stress or cramps, arthritis, aches and pains, stiff necks, lower back pain and other common aches by hot compress. Sencond, it's a good hand & foot warmer in daily life. Besides, it can also double up as a cold compress pack for person with fever or to reduce swelling for minor injuries. Good birthday Christmas gifts for women.
  • Care Instruction - The grid texture of this hot water bottle bed warmer makes skin contact safer and more comfortable. Comes with an elegant knitted hot water bottles for pain relief to prevent the hot water bag from being in direct contact with your skin to cause burns, plus it has a more classy and personalized look. The hot pack manga tejida bolsa de agua caliente para el dolor should be replaced after two years of use. And check stopper for wear and tear damage at regular intervals.
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23. Small pet store cage – It can be used after surgery to limit a guinea pig’s movement while the injury heals or in the case of a serious sickness that requires quarantine from other guinea pigs.

Amazon Basics 2-Door Top-Load Hard-Sided Cat Pet Travel Carrier, 19-Inch, Gray & Blue
  • Hard sided pet carrier with 2 doors for front and top entry; suitable for cat or extra-small dog breeds, such as chihuahuas and toy poodles (up to 11 pounds)
  • Durable plastic construction with steel wire front door; screws keep the top and bottom sections securely connected
  • Top door can swing open to the left or right for easy access and convenience
  • Plenty of ventilation on sides, top, and back of the carrier
  • Note: Be sure to measure the size of the pet when choosing carrier size

Guinea Pig First Aid Kit | Most Important Components

Guinea Pig First Aid Kit - Most Important Components

The most important component in a first aid kit is the vet’s contact. You can always write down the contact number on your phone and you’re good to go. You can also stick a piece of paper inside or outside of the box. Be sure to check the number every month to be sure that it’s up to date.

Some people tend to underestimate the basic components of the first aid kit, which include cotton balls, bandages, scissors, cotton buds, and tape. You will be able to treat the wound or any kind of problem with some of these components. Be sure to buy all of these and place them inside the box, in the same compartment.

Immediately after these components, it’s logical that you include disinfectants and supplements. Any solution with a low percentage of alcohol should do the trick, for example, a sterile saline solution. It’s great for flushing out and cleaning wounds.

One of the cheapest components of your first aid kit is animal wipes. Animal wipes have very broad use, as you can clean your guinea pig’s ears, eyes, and fur. Also, you need to treat skin problems. For that matter, you can purchase a pet-safe skin cream. This cream will help your guinea pig get rid of the itchy skin and fungal infections.

NOTE: Before buying any kind of medicine for your guinea pig, always consult your vet. Don’t buy anything on your own, except for components that aren’t going into your pig’s stomach.

Guinea Pig First Aid Kit | Additional Tips

Guinea Pig First Aid Kit - Additional Tips

Packing and organizing a guinea pig first aid kit is impossible in an ordinary box. Instead, we opt for a tackle box, which has enough space and will even have more space for additional components. A tackle box is easy to find and it’s not even that expensive. This can save your guinea pig’s life, so it’s desirable that you buy one.

Our recommended tackle box is Family Emergency Kit. Be sure to keep it where every member of your family will know its location. For instance, you can store it somewhere near your guinea pig cage, to associate you with them.

MILTON Medical Box, First Aid Kit Storage, Emergency Supplies Organizer with Handle, Detachable Tray, and Locking Lid, Empty Medicine Box for Home, Travel, Car, and Dorms, 23.8 x 16.5 x 14.5cm
  • MEDICAL BOX: This 1-piece white medical box features an easily recognizable cross on its body and a lockable lid. It is a sturdy and safe solution to prepping and storing medicines, first aid supplies, valuables, and emergency necessities in the most effective and identifiable way.
  • ORGANIZED EMERGENCY PREPARATION: Our medical box comes with a detachable tray and plastic partition for easy beforehand organization, so you can be ready for emergencies in an instant. It also features a clear top, so you can see what's stored inside and immediately take what you need.
  • EASY AND SAFE STORAGE: Made of sturdy high-quality, BPA-free plastic, this box is reusable and recyclable. Durable and long-lasting, it is a safe and reliable box for medical supplies and equipment, vitamin and pill bottles, and will be a beneficial addition to your medicine cabinet. Dimensions: 23.8cm x 16.5cm x 14.5cm
  • VERSATILE FIRST AID BOX: This medical box features a compact design for easy storage, making it an excellent kit to keep at home, in the car, or in offices and college dorms. With its attached top handle, it's also good for traveling, camping, and hiking.
  • MILTON proudly provides everyday necessities of exceptional quality. Our line of products are made with unparalleled features of durability, versatility, and convenience that will improve your day-to-day life.

You can also buy two or three syringes, which you can prepare with oxbow critical care. This will allow you to do the emergency feeding in case your guinea pig becomes weak or starts losing appetite. A guinea pig’s body is prone to slowing down in a matter of 24 hours. Without water or food consumption, it may shut down completely.

Have an oxbow critical care supplement with you all the time. Pour the powder into the bowl, mix it with water, and use the syringe to extract it from the bowl. This is the fastest way to emergency-feed your pig.

Should You Buy a Guinea Pig First Aid Kit?

Should You Buy a Guinea Pig First Aid Kit

You should also buy a guinea pig first aid kit, as they also include all of the essentials. This allows you to save some time and get a first aid kit with all the necessary components.

Here is the list of these pet first aid kits that are suitable for guinea pigs:

1. RC Pet First Aid Kit

RC Pet Products Pet First Aid Kit
  • Allows you to assist your pets injuries until you can consult a veterinarian
  • Kit organizes supplies and instructions into clear vinyl pockets for easy access
  • Great for your car, house, traveling and more
  • Contents include bandages, gloves, gauze pads, antiseptic and more
  • See full list of contents below

2. Rayco Pet First Aid Kit

Dog & Pet First Aid Emergency Kit - Travel - Home - Rescue - Outdoor Activities. 45 Useful Pieces Including LED Flashing Emergency Collar for Keeping Track of Your Fur Baby at Night.
  • Saline solution- Great for cleaning out wounds and preventing infection until you are able to see a vet,
  • Styptic pencil (5 grams) - Dip into water and apply to wound to help clot and stop minor bleeding.
  • LED Reflective Collar 3 settings with writable tag. This is for visibility of your fur baby escpecially at night. The collar is adustable with temporary writable tag for convenience and last up to 3 days. Batteries are replaceable.
  • Compact - This kit maybe small, but there is plenty of room inside pockets to put pet medicaitons, toys, foood, and other items you may want to add. We designed the kit for quality, durablity, convenience, and affordiblity. Great beginner kit!

With all this in mind, you can now craft your guinea pig first aid kit. Be sure to consult your vet and see if you have the necessary components, as well as necessary remedies in case you need them. Our list of first aid guinea pig kits contains all you need for treating wounds and making your guinea pig healthy again.

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