From the GLX-Files
Dr. Virginia Skinner DVM
Peabody Veterinary Clinic
1625 80th St.
Peabody, Kansas 66866
Dr. Skinner has provided care for a broad range of exotic pets, including cavies, for 25 years. Early in her career she was veterinarian for The Living Desert, a private zoological park in California. For cavies she does spay and neuter, shots, ringworm treatment, digestive and dental issues, and wellness checks. She noted, “I often see guinea pigs that haven’t been eating right and their digestive tracts get slowed down. We work to get them back to normal.”
Peabody is forty miles northeast of Wichita. Dr. Skinner keeps flexible hours and can often be reached after hours. She noted, “I recognize that care sometimes needs to be provided after normal business hours.” She is a graduate of the Kansas State University veterinary program. Contributed by email: Dr. Skinner's brother Don - 7/14/2015
Julie Miller, DVM
East Emporia Veterinary Clinic
608 Exchange, Emporia, Kansas 66801
Julie Miller is their small exotic animals vet, and she is very good with them. She answers questions, and when she doesn't know something, she offers to research it for you. I have also heard great praise for the clinics' other vets from cat and dog owners. There is always someone on call.
Contributed by: TwoWhitePiggies - 9/15/2004, 4:21 pm
Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine - Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Kansas State University Campus
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/VMTH/small/index.htm (this link provides all hours, maps, directions, updated lists of faculty and staff, fees, etc.)
Even if you do not live in the immediate vicinity of Manhattan, it is worth the drive if your cavy is experiencing an emergency. K-State's animal care facilities are state of the art, and several exotics experts as well as interns are availble 24 hours a day for routine care and emergencies. They have a full radiology department, staff to monitor the well-being of admitted patients around the clock, and a room dedicated to rodents recovering from inpatient procedures. They have the ability to chemo, radiation therapy, and other forms of treatment. They do not hesitate to consult with specialists from around the country to determine the best line of care for their patients.
We found that it was more expensive than our regular vet (Gilbert's bladderstone removal cost $800, as apposed to $300 with our regular vet), but the difference is that it included two nights of monitoring and care, digital x-rays, a team of specialists, more culturing, bloodwork, and specialized treatment than our local vet could possibly provide.
Also be prepared for the amount of time it can take to finish a visit. Each time we've taken a pig in, the procedure has been:
1. We're taken to a private waiting area and a fourth-year vet student visits with us to gather information.
2. The patient is taken to a formal examining room where he/she is examined by the vet and the vet student.
3. The vet and student come back to the private waiting room to explain their initial impressions and how they wish to proceed (x-rays, bloodwork, etc.)
4. Expect to wait a couple of hours for the tests to be done. In each instance, I was encouraged to explore the city (I was given directions to places to eat or shop) and was called on my cell phone when they were ready for me to come back.
Don't be surprised if your cavies receive extra care at no cost. The day we brought all three of our pigs in (since two were being treated), a team of opthomology students were trying to find "cool things to look at," so all three of our boys received eye exams.
The entire staff proved to be extremely good with our cavies. Our boys are normally shy with strangers, but they left the safety of their pigloos to shower our internist, Dr. Swenson, with kisses. The staff takes a very personal interest in the well-being of their patients. I get e-mails from Dr. Swenson, checking up on Gilbert and requesting photos of him.
Contributed by: TwoWhitePiggies - 9/7/2006, 11:59 am
1) Drs. Sippel and Oehmke
All Creatures Veterinary Hospital
8414 W. 13th Street, Suite 170
Wichita, Ks 67212
Both Dr. Sippel and Dr. Oehmke are both cavy savvy. The staff is very caring. Debbie the vet tech is also very cavy savvy as well. My current vet. With all the wellness checks and ailments of fostering pigs, they know me well.
2) Dr. Kara James
Cimarron Animal Hospital
6011 E. 21st
Wichita, KS 67208
Make sure you get Dr. James not Dr. Rypma. I've used them in the past but they are an extra 20 minute drive from us. Dr. James knows her stuff and is willing to admit that she doesn't know something. One time I called and asked to see Dr. James and was told there was an opening and got Dr. Rypma, make sure the staff making the appointment is actually making one with Dr. James.
Contributed by: TCR - 2/4/2007, 5:16 pm