Guinea Pig Pain Medicine

Guinea Pig Pain Medicine

Guinea Pig Pain Medicine may be prescribed by your Veterinarian if he/she feels that your guinea pig may be in pain. Appropriate pain medication is a vital part of treatment and recovery should your Guinea Pig have undergone any form of surgery from Dental to Calcium Stone (Bladder Stone) removal. Your Veterinarian may prescribe any of the following pain medications, Please take note of any warnings of these medications.

If you have any concerns please speak to your Veterinarian

NSAIDS (NON STEROID ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS)

**None of these drugs should be used in conjunction with any other steroid drug due to the potential side affects, namely GI Ulceration. If these are to be used long term then a certain GI protect-ant should be considered. Serious

Liver and Kidney problems may potentially result from misuse or abuse of these drugs and should be used with caution in patients who may have these problems.

The drug name may be followed by a common trade name :-

Acetylsalicylic Acid (Asprin)
Carprofen (Rimadyl)
Flunixin Meglumine (Banamine)
Ibuprofen
Meloxicam (Metacam Cat) (Metacam Dog)

Benzodiazepines

**may be used for appetite stimulation, anti-anxiety, sedation, muscle relaxation. (Not really a suitable form of pain relief)

Diazepam (Valium)

Opiates

** may cause sedation, GI slowing with regular use. Other indications may also present (e.g. butorphanol has anti-tussive/coughing effects and some anti-emetic/nausea affects).

Buprenorphine (Buprenex)
Butorphanol (Torb, Torbutrol, Torbugesic)
Morphine Sulfate (Morphine) (Warning – May Cause Nausea)
Oxymorphone
Tramadol

Glucocorticoids (a class of Steroids)

**Should be used with caution!!. Very powerful anti-inflammatory medications, but over usage, improper usage can cause other medical conditions such as cushing’s disease, diabetes. In general the dosage is started of high but then tapered off slowly during a certain time period.

As mentioned above these drugs must not be used concurrently with nsaid drugs. Most vets recommend at least 12-24 hours in between dosing’s if the choice has been made to switch from Steroids to NSAIDS or vice-versa.

Dexamethasone
Prednisone
guinea pig pain medicine

Metacam Dog