Petco had 3 females and the baby had a huge sore on his ear,so I asked for the employee to show her to me.He was busy trying to convince me that it normal and it was a bite from another pig that just happened.You could see the swelling and tell that it was clearly not a bite(it was on the base of her ear!)So I asked to see the manager and took his name and asked for medical attention for her ASAP.
So we hit Petsmart,another know it all employee tells me that you cannot introduce a new female to another or they will try to kill each other,even if there is an adjustment period.They had a baby there and since I knew this guy did'nt know squat I asked another employee to show her to me,she opened the cage and I was horrified at what I saw.The water bottle was leaking and was forming a moldy pool,there was a fly buzzing around with this poor piggie.So employee hands her to me and her eyes had quite a bit of goop.I asked the employee about this and being the einstein she was she told me"Just put soap on a q-tip and wash her eyes out if you buy her"!
My heart is broken because I would love to bring those piggies home and nurse them back to health,but I cannot compromise Luna's health nor afford plentiful vet bills.
So just so all of you know,I'm proud of us,seeing the pics of all your piggies healthy and happy is keeping me from crying.My thoughts and prayers go out to all those piggies that do not have the luxury of having loving owners.Thanks for letting me vent!
- The Herd Of Wonders
I had to resort to having all of my pet supplies ordered online. I use Hunt Club bedding for the hay boxes and thankfully there's no animals at the farm supply store. I couldn't see myself putting money into these "businesses" that treat their animals like crud. Now I only go to vet supply places online or buy things through my actual vets office.
Luckily there are 2 small pet stores in the area that don't sell animals. Otherwise, I order supplies online.
When I went to the Petco near me there used to be a name of a vet -located several towns away - that was supposed to be taking care of the small animals. Maybe the Petco one near you has the same thing and you could call the vet.
- one pig at a time.
All of my dog toys and stuff like that I order from Petedge. I have not walked foot in ANY petstore in close to two years.
I will not go into all of the details of how I freaked on them and how it all went down, but when I got home there were local managers calling me and regional and district managers calling me, all apologizing to me and thanking me (ha!) for being so helpful in noticing these problems and helping them have a better store, blah blah.
They said the sick pig would be taken to the vet they use the next day. SO... the next day I call and use a sweet voice and talk to a cashier, and tell her I've got a sick gp, and where should I take it, and she told me the vet they use, and I called that vet and checked up on them. And they had taken the gp to the vet.
The manager called me again and apologized, and thanked me (I know it was like gargling with insecticide), and although I had no intention of ever going back to that store, I told him I'd be back and I'd keep checking things out.
Sometimes you've got to make a fuss. A big one. You've got to be the intimidating bitch that a guinea pig would be if it were 5 foot 4. I want to make them say, "damn, it's easier to take the guinea pig to the vet and fix the cage than to deal with this hideous pale woman who will not leave me alone and keeps asking for the district and regional managers' numbers and wants to report me to societies that deal with cruelty to animals."
I don't know if the humane society or PETA would do anything, but the pet store people don't know that.
I check things out at Petsmart too, sometimes I have to go there for hay, and I must say, the one I go in does a pretty good job. The pigs have hay, orange sections, plain pellets. But last time I was in there I got them to pull out a little male with crust around his eye and a nip on his ear -- so I got the manager and showed him and he sighed -- I think he remembers me -- and the little pig went to the vet the next day.
Sometimes a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do...
- The Herd Of Wonders
Weaver: I LOVE Petedge's website. I actually get a lot of the cat/small dog stuff for my rabbit. Great prices too!
I go to Ok Feed & Supply!
I got timothy hay, large bag ( they bag it there from bales) for $2.99 and bermuda bag ( as much as you can stuff into a big bag ) for $.50.
Bales : Timothy - I think she said $24
Bermuda - $12
They are nice there. They do make their own guinea pig food. It's plain with just a label of ingredients. I didn't buy any though because it had beet pulp. Overall the ingredients aren't any worse than buying it at a pet store. Might be better because they are handmade. I'm going to continue to buy from oxbow or KM on the pellets and one day try the blue grass. But I would suggest there for less animal cruelty and yummy hay!
When grabbing out the Timothy it was very soft and I didn't get stuck in the hand with hard stems. Very pleasant experience compared to petno hay ( very hard and hurt my hand to put it out). They have hay all year round due to ideal weather conditions here. My piggys popped themselves silly to eat it. So if you need to go grab stuff stuff here in town, I suggest it. They have regular pet stuff for all kinds of pets... Especially nice bird and horse stuff.
Also here's a link to it!
- Supporter in '10