Living in Park Slope and being the domestic creatures that we are, it's not often that the PPAC treats patients who are neither cat nor dog. So when a family with four kids came in last week with a guinea pig named Lady Lydia who appeared to be on her last legs, it was understandably a sad situation.
As she lay on the table, barely moving (Dr. S. needed to check a few times to see if she was even still breathing) the doc asked for a basic history of her nutrition. The family explained that they had been feeding her lettuce and fruit which sounded to Dr. S. like that was insufficient food for this guinea pig. As the family watched on tearily, the love for their pet apparent in each and every one of their eyes, Dr. S. gave her some fluids and dextrose (sugar).
A short while later, lo and behold, Lady Lydia was up and at em, feeling much much better. All she needed was some nosh to get her going once again. I don't think I've ever seen a more grateful group of clients.
So remember, whenever you get a new pet, be sure to consult your vet about what diet is best suited for them! All pets are not the same and neither is their nutrition.
Always ask before assuming!
Til' next time,