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Guai-Guai Update


Our vet appointment is at 1:00pm. We found a pet hospital close to our place (King Edward & Oak). It's $35.00 for the initial examination and probably an, as of yet, undetermined small fortune for whatever procedure, drugs and materials.

*garumph* And they were going to use the sand straight from the beach without even rinsing it.

[Update - 1745h]

He has mites. We brought two of them that fell out of Guai-Guai last night. Dr. Dhillon said they were pretty common mites that turn up on small domestic pets like birds and guinea pigs.

But we're armed with Ivomec now. He got a 0.2cc dose at the Animal Hospital we took him to. Ivomec is mostly ingested, but can be used as a topical as well. So, in 10 days, we're supposed to squish another 0.2cc into his mouth, then rub a little of what's left on his head and under his wings. The cost wasn't too bad either. Our total came to just under $50.

<sarcasm> Oh boy, Guai-Guai was incredibly happy about having his head held and someone rifling through his tummy and wings for creepy-crawlies.</sarcasm> He doesn't like it when we pet him on the wings or touch his tail to begin with, he was really pissed off at today's abuse.

*SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEERK* *eeeeeeeeeeeerwk* *eeeeeeeeeeeerwk* *eeeeeeeeeeeerwk* *EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERK* *eeeeeeeeeeeerwk* *squeeeeeeeeeeeerwk* *eeeeeeeeeeeerwk* *eeeeeeeeeeeerwk* *EEEEEEEEEEEEEEERK* *squeeeeeeeeeeeerwk* The whole time Dr. Dhillon was checking him out. Poor sweetie.

*sigh* And we'll have to do this next week. At least now we know how to hold him to medicate him or clip nails or what-not.

We bought him a new bird cage with a few toys from Petcetera. It's about double the size of the cage he has now, it has a poopie tray that's separated from the rest of the cage, so he can't walk all over his own poop. We're not going to need the sand anymore.

The cage comes with two tree branch perches and a little "playground" area on top of the cage. We got him a little wooden ladder and a rope swing as well.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 29th, 2001 02:30 pm (UTC)
Hope everything turns out ok. The poor thing.....
Nov. 29th, 2001 05:56 pm (UTC)
He's okay... thanks =) He just makes it _sound_ like he's dying =}
Nov. 29th, 2001 07:32 pm (UTC)
Typical man! :)
Nov. 30th, 2001 05:28 am (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2001 05:51 am (UTC)
I call them as I see them! =)
Nov. 29th, 2001 09:41 pm (UTC)
Lizards and birds.
Medicating louie is a chore and then some.

Clipping his nails requires some co ordinated effort.

bathing him sounds like someone's wrestling a croc in the loo.

Have fun! Guai Guai will get over it, eventually. Louie eventually forgave me for yanking part of his tail off.

Nov. 29th, 2001 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Lizards and birds.
Oy... have you ever gotten whipped by his tail? I've heard it's no fun... =P
Nov. 29th, 2001 11:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Lizards and birds.
Yeah, it stings.Whap! Yeouch!!
Nov. 30th, 2001 05:27 am (UTC)
Hey! I've been trying to get HTML tags to show up in LJ text forever. However, LJ "thinks" they're actual tags makes them invisable. How did you do that?

Furthermore, I'm glad to hear your bird is on the mend. I recall a vet charged me $80.00 to examine Maggie after she got ill drinking sea water. Stupid dog. Anyway, he looked at her for ten seconds and said, "dehydrated". Give her water... chan-chig, $80.00 (USD). At least when I was diagnosed with Hand, Foot, & Mouth desease, there was actually something wrong with me and it only cost $45.00.
Nov. 30th, 2001 09:14 am (UTC)
Re: HTML Tags

Put a space between the angle brackets and whatever word is in them.

Re: Insane Vet Costs

I've heard of stuff like that. And they act all offended when you ask them a few more questions - "could there be any other poisoning from sea water?", "shouldn't we check for parasites or anything else?". I always go armed with pen and paper and make them spell things for me (drug names, condition names, etc.).
Nov. 30th, 2001 12:41 pm (UTC)
When I lived in Billerica, we used to have a very good vet. Well, I never saw the owner, and always dealt with one of the veterinarians on staff. But I had excellent rapport with them. This last vet I took Maggie to, here in Manchester wasn’t as good. As you say, he breezed in and breezed out. My questions were differed to the elderly lady at the front desk… the one studying for her GED. In her defense, although not very knowledgeable about canine medicine, she was a real sweetheart. Maggie was pretty happy to get out of there, though. Poor poochie had her first rectal examination that day. The seawater has caused her to have a nasty case of diarrhea. Therefore, when exam time came, I strategically positioned myself at the barking end of the dog… in case there was an explosive release. She was a trooper though and stood there, unsuspecting on the examining table. The doctor gloved himself and lubed up. I could swear Maggy’s brows furrowed as she cocked her head to the side as if to say, “Hey, that’s new.” Then all of a sudden her eyes widened a little and she pushed forward slightly. Otherwise, she didn’t flinch, wrestle around, try to bite, or bark. I think the comedy alone might have been worth the $80.00. However, the vet soon scampered away and Maggie did the same. I could swear she glared at me the whole ride home. She enjoyed the pills though.
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