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I'm sorry you've learned the hard way about pet store purchases. Illness isn't the only likely problem -- parasites, mis-sexed animals, and pregnant baby sows are also very common.
- Contributor in 2018
This happened to me a long time ago. I got my pig back from them and took him to my own vet, then presented them with the bill. They weren't very happy about it, but my pig did get cured and they did pay. Even if they don't pay you back, it would be worth it to get your pig treated properly. How can they care for her when there is no one there overnight? I also doubt they are giving her fresh greens or hand feeding around the clock. Make a fuss and get her back.
Some of my friends think that they accidentally resold her, not realizing that she wasn't just a regular return, and are stalling to try and find a replacement piggy. She is pretty unique looking, Abyssinian with white and gray fur, so it isn't like they can just pass off a short-haired brown one and call it day. I am going to go to the store tomorrow (it is about 45 mins away, and with work during the week and the kids school schedule, I haven't had a chance to get over there). Fingers crossed!
I’m sorry you had to learn the hard way, like us. We will definitely do it differently the next time.
I went Petco today and asked to see her, and after they went back to get her, they came back and informed me that SHE was in fact a HE, and asked if he had been housed with females. I have been looking into adopting a companion after some research about how social they are, but luckily had not yet gotten to that point. I checked and double checked when I purchased him, as well as dropped him off for the sick visit, and was assured both times that the guinea pig was female. The explanation today was that now that he is older, it is very obvious that he has male parts. I couldn't believe that they sold him to me as a female, and even said if I decided to get a companion, make sure to get a female! I can only imagine how that might have turned out.
They told me that he has a mild URI, and is responding to the new meds, but they can't release him until he is better. Fingers crossed that there are no more surprises, and we will hopefully have him home with us before the end of the month. Thanks everyone for your helpful input.
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The acid test of a boar is whether you can feel the penis bone just above the genitals, and if you press on it, the penis should extrude. When you get him back, see https:www.cavyspirit.com/sexing.htm for more than you ever wanted to know about pig private parts.