- Supporter in '21
Grand total, since last June, on guinea pig MEDICAL EXPENSES ALONE: $690.
That's one pig with heart disease, one pig with a hay poke, and one pig with a bizarre skin infection.
(By the time I'd added in the dog, the cat, and the hamster, my husband looked physically ill!)
- For the Love of Pigs
Last Sat. at work, two coworkers said they wouldn't take a small rodent to the vet at all. They'd just let it die. I wish people wouldn't take on this kind of pet if they don't plan on taking care of it. It's cruel.
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
Heart pigs ain't cheap and if the meds work it just gets more expensive as they last longer!
Chilli got an extra 3 years of life and Tiggy is a happy piggy who wouldn't have been here at all so I certainly don't regret it. Other things did get sacrificed though. Birthday/Christmas money went to the vet, new clothes/music/DVDs/books stopped, few nights out and no holidays/visits anywhere.
- Supporter in '11
Robin on the other-hand has been a perfectly good boy and has only racked up $300 in vet bills, most of those being in conjunction with him and Linus on getting mites at the same time.
And they're both about 3.
I cringe when I hear that guinea pigs are "excellent starter pets for children". REALLY??? What kind of kids are we talking about? I spend HOURS taking care of my furbabies and although my 10 year old daughter claims ownership of one of the fellas, there is no way she could properly "care" for one.
I loved the "neurotic dog" comment! My Mom used to have a neurotic cat, so I know the cost of THAT problem! Sheesh...
- Sewing for a Cause
Doesn't GL have $10,000 pig?
Lucky (r.i.p.) was a $1,000 pig from week one. I gave up on keeping who cost what after that. SG (avatar) wasn't far behind her though. They are the two that made me get all the pigs their own credit card though.
I want to kick everyone who says that they "require minimal care and don't cost anything to own" in the face. I wish people would educate themselves more and give their pet the best lives they can. People who think piggies are "throwaway pets" make me sick and mad.