In case anybody still thinks these are easy and cheap pets!

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 2:16 pm

I cleaned out my to-file box this weekend (I know, I'm a terrible housekeeper, I do this like once a year) and sorted all the receipts I'd kept. I don't keep incidentals but I do keep medical receipts because they make for a good kind of medical record. But I didn't keep ALL of them either! so this is only a percentage of my medical expenses, and doesn't even include prescription medicine, food, fleece, a new cage, hay, etc.

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!)

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 2:23 pm

Yup. We spent about $700 on Celia's CL & ovarian tumors. No regrets - she lived another year in contentment. And we spent the same amount trying to treat Elle's soft poops over a period of months and she up and died anyway. No regrets there either, but I just wish we could had made her well.

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.

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Cavies 'n Cobwebs

Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 2:33 pm

Oh, I totally agree! Although the first years of piggy owning didn't seem too bad, once Chilli was discovered to have a heart problem and poor Tiggy's ailments and ops arrived at the same time, unfortunately I counted up that the two of them - over the last 3 years - have cost me around £2,500. About £1,500 of that was in medication alone for Chilli.

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.

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Mr Demus 625
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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 2:43 pm

Just on Nicodemus it's been about $1200.

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 2:51 pm

Last year it was over £1000 for Pip and Scruffles... I don't want to know the exact figure.

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 2:55 pm

The little things sure are pricey but so worth it :) I am so lucky to have a vet with amazing prices (she does my rescue and personal pets) but I have to say compared to what I used to have to spend on my neurotic dog, I welcome guinea pig prices!

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 3:05 pm

For the record Linus is the $700 pig. (Offically, within the last 2 years. We won't include some of those initial URI's otherwise he becomes the $1100 or more piggy and my husband begins looking at me with concern. )

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.

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 3:18 pm

Oh my! I don't even keep track of the amount spent! My husband would fall over! All I know is whatever it takes, they are worth it and he can deal with it!! Haha!

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...

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 3:23 pm

Wow, seeing this makes me very grateful of my piggies... they are all pretty darn healthy and need no more than a check up.

Though there are the few pigs that have reoccuring health problems throughout their lives, still going strong though.


Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 3:39 pm

No kidding, they are not cheap. I spent over $4000, maybe closer to $5000 on one of my pigs, although granted this was at a fancy animal hospital that charges eg $140 for an emergency appointment. From now on, I plan to try and use a more reasonable vet, but I still expect similar treatment would have cost over $2000.

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Mr Demus 625
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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 3:43 pm

lou it's funny you mention that. The emergancy fee for our vet is $325, that's before anything else.

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 3:54 pm

@Mom2boars - I'm glad someone understands!! Those vet prices were through the roof!!

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 7:02 pm

Unfortunately factual costs won't scare off the true idiots from getting guinea pigs .. they just won't pay for the vet care and get new ones.

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Sewing for a Cause

Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 8:30 pm

Sadly sus4rabbitsnpigs, that is true.
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.

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 8:47 pm

Not only is it just expensive, it gets pricy when vets don't know what they're doing!!

I had to spend over 150 dollars just to get rid of some stupid lice. I really don't even want to go to the story with the vet :/


Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 8:54 pm

You got all your guinea pigs their own credit card. How did you do that? My little ones keep swiping mine.

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 8:59 pm

I had to drop a rescue piggie to my vet tonight. He got turned in with a ruptured abscess on Saturday and let me just say... ew

I"ll let you guys know how much that runs me to get it lopped off

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Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 9:15 pm

Honestly. I have a care credit card that all my vet bills go on... just since February to now we are over $2,000 for two very sick pigs, one of which passed (R.I.P Izzie). Towards the end of the other sick pig's treatment (almost done!) I think our vet felt bad and started discounting our bills - free anesthesia here, free nail clippings there - needless to say we love our exotics vet.

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.


Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 9:29 pm

Jerry, that had a recurring abcess, had one bill that was over $1300 and then when it came back again another for over $600. Then at the end he had to be put to sleep. My husband was livid over the first bill.

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Remembering Nemo

Post   » Mon May 09, 2011 9:42 pm

Yes, WS, GLynx has a $10,000 pig: his name was Spin (RIP my baby). It would give my mom a stroke if she knew I spent that kind of money on him only :) He lived almost 7 years, and was a smart, cute and I just adored him.

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