The Day The Guinea Pig (Almost) Died

The day was Monday. Well, it was evening, or maybe even night. I'll start by saying that Penny is absolutely fine. You'd never even know she had some sort of respiratory 'event' in which she turned blue and required a breathing mask followed by a quite a bit of time in an 'oxygen chamber.' Nope, you wouldn't guess. She's perky, her lips and nose are pink, she squeaked for her veggies last night, and had a blast during her playtime while running in and out of cardboard tubes and boxes.

It was quite a traumatizing experience. We simply went in to the for a claw trimming. The next thing I know, I was being told, "Well, she got stressed, turned blue, and is trying to die." That is an actual quote. Who knew that Dr. House was now practicing veterinary medicine? Luckily, she pulled through just fine, clearly having had some sort of anxiety attack. I appreciate doctors giving me the facts, even to the point of worse case scenario, but I also like it to be handled in a caring, non-abrasive manner. Maybe my expectations are too high or I'm just spoiled by my dogs' vet, who is more wonderful than most human physicians I've encountered. In the end, the outcome is what matters. We'll just leave the claws a little long for now or have her walk on sand paper.

I think this experience taught me how attached I am to this little piggie.


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad for you that she is ok. Not the kind of scary experience one wants just for a claw trim. Something must have terrified the poor wee thing - or maybe, she has an allegy to something in their premises? Seems extreme - and they certainly could have handled that better.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm glad she is ok. That is scary. I wonder if she's just very high strong or maybe they are all like that? Did the vet say whether they've ever seen that before?

Anonymous said...

i'm glad she's ok! when i get stressed, i just stash food. trying to die is quite an extreme reaction! and let's hope your vet learns a little tact.

madretz said...

Oh man. that would have sucked and how traumatizing. I can't believe that the vet said it that way, but i'm glad that you can find humor in it and liken it to House.

Thank you so much, too, for all the supportive words of kindness you've sent. I can't even tell you how much just knowing that you're there with caring thoughts helps so very very much.

Shayne said...

Oh, my! I'm so happy that she's okay now!

the slackmistress said...

HOLY CRAP! So glad she's okay.

Anonymous said...

So glad she is ok.

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