new pig does not like veggies!

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tiggyswift

Post   » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:19 pm


Oops, I think I goofed! Mikey is a finicky kid that won't eat much, isn't he? That definitely ISN"T Elmo! He will eat anything he is given!! When I adopted him in April, he did not know what veggies or hay were, and would only eat pellets, and was scared to death!!!! He had lived in a basement because the mother did not like the mess he made! Shame, isn't it? At least she had sense enough to bring him to a shelter. It is sad that there are so many animals in the world, and not enough animal lovers!

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tiggyswift

Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:31 pm


Guess what!!!! I won my case!!!!! I am so happy, we finally got justice for Junior!!!! When my case was forwarded to the District Manager, he responded in less than 24 hours! Amazing, isn't it?
That was yesterday. Today, the general manager of the store called me to let me know that all I have to do is submit my bills to the store and I will receive a corporate check. Also, any follow up care will be covered. Yeah!!! JUSTICE FOR JUNIOR!!!!!!!! He still needs further treatment for the lice, and possible dental xrays to rule out dental issues. He drops pellets sometimes, and bites them in half sometimes before he eats them. The other day, it looked like he bit every one in half. I have never seen this before, or heard of a GP doing this. Anyway, he eats enough to maintain his weight, and eats a few different veggies, as well as hay and some pellets. He eats maybe 1 ounce of pellets a day, sometimes less. He seems to eat more at night, than during the day. I am so happy!!!!!

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Topaz

Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:34 pm


Good job! *big pat on back*

Are you perhaps happy about this, by any chance?!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:25 pm


Congrats! I forget, which petstore?

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tiggyswift

Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:35 pm


Yes, I am happy, can you tell???? I got Justice for Junior!!! I sent the District Manager an email telling him that all the animals there need treatment for lice, and I hope he makes sure it is done. I spoke to the General Manager of the store and told him I didn't expect an answer until Monday, as I figured any District Manager would be off for the weekend. He said that the DM was available whenever there was a problem, and I definitely sent out a red flag when I contacted him!!! Lynx, the store is Petco. I am thrilled that Junior is doing so well, and winning is the icing on the cake!!!!!!!
He is such a sweetheart, and was meant to be a part of our family!

Talishan
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Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:56 pm


Congratulations.

Please make *absolutely* sure that if Junior needs any further care, that you take him to YOUR vet and don't let petno assure you that he will be well cared for at their vet.

I don't want to rain on your parade but petno is extraordinarily good at PR. They will pay your bills, hoping you will tell everyone how great and responsive they were. Um. They need to stop selling small animals, period, and they need to ensure those in their care are properly cared for until they do. Not just *tell* you they are.

Having said all that, please don't let what I've said dim your satisfaction, happiness, and destressed bank account at what you have accomplished, for Junior and for yourself. You've done very well. Take pride in it.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:25 pm


Talishan, what you have said is exactly what I have said to myself, so I don't think you are raining on my parade. My first mistake was buying a pig from a store, and the second was trying to get them to treat him. I am walking away with my money, and NEVER looking back! Junior will ONLY go to my vet, who I trust totally, and if it is an existing condition, the store will pay for it, but that is it.
He will never have to see that awful place again! I will never tell anyone how responsible they were! That is the last thing they were! I did learn alot from this experience, and am thrilled that I proved them and their vet incompetent to the District Manager!They I think the General manager of the store got a really good a** chewing by his boss, which he fully deserved! Thanks for all the encouragement! It truly was the principal of it all, and not the money! I love Junior with all my heart, no matter where he came from, but will be more selective in the future where my piggies come from!

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tiggyswift

Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:28 pm


Talishan, what you have said is exactly what I have said to myself, so I don't think you are raining on my parade. My first mistake was buying a pig from a store, and the second was trying to get them to treat him. I am walking away with my money, and NEVER looking back! Junior will ONLY go to my vet, who I trust totally, and if it is an existing condition, the store will pay for it, but that is it.
He will never have to see that awful place again! I will never tell anyone how responsive they were! That is the last thing they were! I did learn alot from this experience, and am thrilled that I proved them and their vet incompetent to the District Manager!They I think the General manager of the store got a really good a** chewing by his boss, which he fully deserved! Thanks for all the encouragement! It truly was the principal of it all, and not the money! I love Junior with all my heart, no matter where he came from, but will be more selective in the future where my piggies come from!

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tiggyswift

Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:37 pm


Sorry, I can't seem to delete my double post!

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tiggyswift

Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:58 pm


Lynx, is it possible to delete the first of my double post? I tried to edit, and somehow double posted. Sorry.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sun Jan 06, 2008 2:25 am


You've done a wonderful job caring for Junior and helping him recover, and I'm so glad that the pet store is reimbursing you for your medical bills. Junior is very fortunate to have you. Congratulations!

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Bethie
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Post   » Sun Jan 06, 2008 3:35 am


Well done! Well done! I'm go glad you got your money back and Junior is safe and well.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:45 am


Thanks! My goal was to make Junior a liability to them, not a profit!
I am glad that they backed down. I believe he still needs lice treatments, so they will owe me over $200.00 by the time I am done with them! I think if more people did this, they would stop selling them. I hope that will eventually happen!

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tiggyswift

Post   » Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:00 pm


Junior had a f/u appt. at vet today, and he is doing great, except he still has some lice eggs. He needs further treatment for that, but that is it! He is one healthy boy! It will be at least 2 more weeks before he and Elmo can be introduced. Oh well. I will post if anything new comes up, or when the introductions begin!

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:01 pm


Did they give you some Advantage for the lice?

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tiggyswift

Post   » Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:05 pm


No, he says he has not had much luck with that, so he recommended something else, a powder, but I can't remember the name of it offhand. He also told me to use a flea comb to get the eggs off. He has only eggs right now.

Talishan
You can quote me

Post   » Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:46 pm


Aaggghh! No no no please NO.

The powders can cause neurological damage and even death. Look on the label and tell us what's in it. Likely pyrethrin or similar. Please **DON'T** use that on a guinea pig unless it's a desperate situation.

No flea comb needed. Two drops of Advantage once, then again about 2 1/2 - 3 weeks later. End of problem. No extra cleaning, no combing, no boiling, no baking, no bleach, no scrubbing.

I have a very hard time believing he hasn't had much luck with Advantage on the guinea pig louse. Me and a host of others here have had it work beautifully.

It's not a prescription. Nearly any online place has it, here's one:

Drs. Foster & Smith

It's not cheap, but it is well worth every penny in effectiveness and ease of use.

Information:

http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2488

Please excuse the hysterical reply, but the powders can kill, and very gruesomely, unless used extremely carefully and only in extraordinary situations.

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tiggyswift

Post   » Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:51 pm


The name of it is carbaryl 5% dust. It is supposed to be safe for use on animals, I did research it some. I have not been able to find it yet, though. He is supposed to call me back with some info on it tomorrow I guess. I will try to get the advantage. He said just a tiny pinch should do the trick of the powder.

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:54 pm


Carbaryl powder is a very strong poison. It's (relatively) safe if used on larger animals, such as dogs. Not on the tiny ones like guinea pigs.

Advantage is so much safer and so effective, I hate to see you take a chance with Junior after he has come so far and is doing so well under your care!

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tiggyswift

Post   » Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:03 pm


I know, I don't want to risk it either! I really do trust this vet, but am a bit leery of this, as the brand name is Sevin 5% powder, which says for dogs and even cats. I am not sure why he says Advantage did not work well. I will try to get the Advantage from my cats' vet, which is close. Is there a kitten version I should get? Thank you for your hysterical reply! I don't want to harm him! How soon after the treatment can he join Elmo? Does it have to be 2 treatments, or will one work, or does it depend on how bad it is?

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