Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The irony is, she's not stressed at all...

My guinea pig, that is. She has to get checked out because she's got a little lump on her back, probably a cyst, but it needs to get looked at because she doesn't like it to be touched so it must hurt. And the nice vet that I liked a lot left the practice that we took our animals too. (The receptionist there said that all the remaining vets could see guinea pigs, but I just liked that one more.) The vet hospital doesn't have an exotics vet anymore, but they recommended someone, and I'm waiting for a call back from that office about whether they can see her or not.

Of course, last night as I was discussing this with my boyfriend, I said, "well, there goes my emergency fund.." But that's what it's for, isn't it? I try to absorb most unexpected costs into my regular budget, but we just took the cat to the vet, and if she needs surgery it'll be at least a couple hundred for all the care. So here goes nothing, I guess.

5 comments:

Flexo said...

I'm watching over my friend's guinea pigs this weekend. They're cute little rodents...

Tricia said...

Trust me...don't ignore the lump on your guinea pig's back for long. When I was younger, mine had a cyst and by the time I got her in to the vet (it's a bit of a drive) it grew pretty big.

For the weak stomachs - don't read the next part....
They will essentially pop it and drain it all out. You'll need to make sure it has antibiotic on it and it will heal. Mine squeeled so bad when they did it because it hurt her, please get yours in soon before it grows too big.

Kira said...

She's going in tomorrow.. I'm just really paranoid because I previously had a guinea pig with a kidney stone who died after surgery, so I am hyper vigilant and take them to the vet probably more often than necessay.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that you were more concerned with that favorite vet of yours than your own pets health and how sore she is give her up to someone else...

Kira said...

I was looking for a new vet because I was concerned about her health - I knew it would likely involve an operation and I didn't want her going to someone who hadn't operated on a guinea pig. Also, she wasn't in much pain, she just didn't like it poked. Do you like people poking at your acne? No. Bugger off.