Thursday, August 19, 2010

Our First Vet Visit for Guinea Pigs

Yesterday we noticed a sore on the guinea pig that had been bitten by it's cage mate (separated immediately after) wasn't healing very well. It looked infected and we were worried. We got right into the vet who said it was not mange- so happy about that, and that he just needed some antibiotics.

Needless to say the antibiotics are NOT easy to administer. They are small pills and he gets half a pill a day, I actually have to get it into his mouth and make him keep it in there to chew it, poor guy. She also said he needs to be held more, apparently the previous owner had not done well with that.

She asked if we had other pets and looked at us like hoarders when we said yes we have 24 guinea pigs, because we are helping with rescue. She was actually nice after that and said she would call if she needed a guinea pig expert.

In total the visit cost $66, which wasn't anywhere near as bad as what I thought it could be. The staff was really nice and if we have any trouble in the future we will go to them again. His sore looks much better today and he should be healing nicely.

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