Should you insure a pet guinea pig?Last modified:
Whilst there is no legal requirement to insure a guinea pig in the UK, with a lifespan of between 4 and 8 years, your pet is going to need medical care at some point.
The cost of treating an unwell or injured guinea pig can be expensive, but with the reassurance of an insurance policy in place, you can give all your attention to your recovering guinea pig instead of worrying about the cost of treatment.
Want to find out more about pet insurance for guinea pigs?
Check out our new guide to guinea pig insurance comparison UK, which answers important questions such as ‘What does guinea pig insurance cover?’ and ‘How much does guinea pig insurance cost?’, as well as discussing topics such as:
- Is it worth taking out guinea pig insurance?
- What types of guinea pig insurance are there?
- Tips for taking care of your guinea pig
- Are there any particular guinea pig health problems to consider?
- Different breeds of guinea pig
Their scientific name is Cavia porcellus, which is why they are sometimes referred to as cavies. The word porcellus is latin for ‘little pig’ - a name which may have come about because of the pig-like squeaking noises they make.