Svh thank you so much for recommending them. I'm taking my pigs there exclusively from now on. If I had gone there from the start I'd have saved over $300 in vet/car rental/medication bills and lots of heartache and stress to us both. She probably wouldn't have lost as much weight either. Now I know who to trust.
The doc that gave my baby such poor treatment was at Fruitland animal hospital. Can you believe the same day they sent me a marketing email linking to their reviews page? I'm disgusted by their attitude.
Did you end up taking her to campus estates?
That's very unfortunate about Fruitland. If you can, leave a review warning other people. To me, there is nothing worse than these under-educated vets claiming they treat guinea pigs (or any small pet) when in reality they have no idea what they are doing.
Just be sure to ask if there is anything specific you should be doing while you are picking her up. I imagine they will go through at home care with you though.
Regardless, with her teeth being overgrown they will want to do a recheck and re-trim (if necessary) in about 6 weeks. That seems to be their standard protocol when starting with dental pigs. Hopefully your girl won't need long term molar trims, but that seems to be the usual with pigs who teeth over grow once.
I'm happy Campus Estates was able to help. They have always been fabulous with me. I have 10 guinea pigs and have had multiple issues treated at the clinic. From bloat and stasis, bladder stones, molar trims, URI's and more. They have always been able to help, reasonable in pricing and I'm confident they provide the best medical care possible. They are also really good about getting you in on short notice, the receptionists understand that when you call with a sick guinea pig, they often need to be seen practically immediately.
Svh- 10 pigs!? Wow! <3
Thanks for the warning about the periodic returns. It's good to have an idea what to expect. Yes and I'm so grateful that CVH obviously puts the care in but they still seem to work on keeping the cost as low as they can. I wish for exotic pet insurance in Canada!
They've got her on lots of meds, the motility drugs seem to make her feel a lot better and she gets painkillers too. I'm keeping her seperate overnight to monitor her poops and give her a chance to eat without competition but she was very happy to see her family so I'm going to keep them together during the day.
- Supporter in 2018
Oh, and don't forget the probiotic. Something like Bene-bac 60-90 minutes after each dose of antibiotic.
The suggestion to split their cage is good, but I don't think it would work for our set up. Last night I tried placing the carrier in their cage and they are so strong, they started moving it with her inside!
Grannyju1- they don't seem to have any hierarchy trouble? I keep Zipper facing the others and within smelling distance. It seems to be okay so far.
Thanks for reminding me about probiotics!
She managed a pretty long chunk of dry corn husk without dropping it while in my lap today, though once she got to the wide part she had to stop. She also seems to be slowly getting her squeak back and she tried to steal chard from another pig :)
She is hanging very close to her mom, not so much hiding in the corner.
All herds are different, if she's completely separated it's probably best to reintroduce them in a neutral area before putting them back in the cage. Most don't have much of an issue going back together though.
- And got the T-shirt
But she's not pooping out what you're feeding her within a half hour. Transit time through a guinea pig is several hours, not a few minutes. What's likely happening is that feeding her stimulates gut action, so the poop that's close to the bottom of the intestine is expelled.
Poop that's runny is always a serious sign that needs vet attention.