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Post   » Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:49 pm

I'm very sorry for your loss. There's normally guilt when we lose our family pets, but this must be so traumatic.
I want you to know, based on your experience, I will be reviewing with my husband how to care for our pigs. I would hate for an uplanned situation (like you had) cause him to guess at what is required. Prior to this, his only interface with them is holding them during impaction cleaning or nail clipping, waving his fingers at them and saying "Hello Hamsters!". I will also follow this up with a printed guideline.
You have shared a very personal tragedy, but also brought to light something that could happen to any of us.
Your family is in my thoughts.


Post   » Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:10 pm

Yes, it's a very good idea to make sure the whole family is educated. My husband feels terrible. I've shared a lot of what I've learned here with them, but obviously not enough.

My daughter has been reassured it's not her fault. She did it with my husband's approval, so she'll be okay.


Post   » Sat Apr 29, 2006 4:16 am

I didn't know that could happen. I have only given it in small amounts before because my piggies don't like it that much, but I had no idea that could happen.

You should tell your daughters how many people on GL didn't even know that could happen.

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Post   » Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:26 pm

I'm so sorry this happened. As Fweeprluvr said, I had no idea--my vet told me bananas were safe and we've been using them to help keep the weight on our senior pig. We'll be careful to limit them very strictly from now on. At least the rest of us are now warned.

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Post   » Sat Apr 29, 2006 5:11 pm

I'm so sorry for your losses, very sad. Take care.

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Post   » Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:50 pm

Funny, our piggies don't care much for bananas, but get a section of banana ~peel~ (usually one banana peel split between 8 piggies per week... sometimes twice a week) and they love them.

I'm terribly sorry for your loss, and I have been in both situations before. As the one who didn't know, and the one who was trying to comfort another who didn't know.

I would not have thought that amount to be dangerous. I can't help but to think there was a mitigating or aggrivating factor involved.

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Post   » Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:57 pm

Oh, my goodness, how tragic. I'm so sorry. They're so hard to lose by themselves, let alone together. Take care of yourself and your little daughter; that poor girl must feel awful. It wasn't her fault and she can't blame herself. Make sure she knows that.


Post   » Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:52 pm

Oh, I'm so sorry :( I'm glad I found this post though. I was just about to feed my guinea pig part of a banana. I took it out by the time I found this, and he only ate a bit, so basically, you could have just saved the life of Gus.
Thanks, and I'm so sorry, that must have been so sad :(


Post   » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:39 pm

This incident happened in 2006. Even so, I have since erred on the side of caution and do not feed my pigs bananas. I think a small bit of banana every now and then is probably not harmful, but they are messy to feed and there are so many fresh veggies that my pigs love, I really feel like they are not going to be deprived.

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Post   » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:36 am

Also, note that the pigs split a large banana between them. That is A LOT of banana.

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Post   » Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:37 pm

Mine love Bananas but they each only get 1 thin slice very rarely.

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Post   » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:14 am

I'm so sorry you lost two of your pigs, SMS. It's so hard to lose them. I feel so bad for your daughter, too. I hope she doesn't beat herself up too much, or for too long, about it.

We feed a small amount of banana every now and then. At most, my 12 pigs would share half a banana when we feed it. I definitely think it's an in moderation food, which is fine in small amounts occasionally.

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Post   » Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:00 pm

I'm so sorry for all of you that this happened. I almost never feed banana (and literally just a pinch of it they don't have enough to even chew) but I also had no idea it could do that even in large amounts. Please don't let your daughter get too down on herself, although it's very sad she obviously gave them a treat because she loved them and didn't know better.

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Post   » Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:11 pm

I am so sorry for your losses too.
I had no idea banana could have such an effect like that my girls used to love them! x

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Post   » Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:00 pm

I'm so sorry for your losses.

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Post   » Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:27 pm

Hey, FYI guys- this thread was pulled up from 2006. The OP is likely not reading anymore.

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Post   » Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:28 pm

Hey! Some of us from 2006 are still reading. Some folks have been here much longer than that. :P

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Post   » Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:02 pm

Heh. I know. I just saw all those replies to the OP and thought some people might not have realized that this is not an active thread at all.

I"m not sure how GusThePiggie found it, but there's all kinds of threads lurking around here.

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