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Sunnycharlie

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I've had to take the plunge and went to see the St Peters vet in Horndean. My second guinea pig was not looking well today and I didn't want to hang around. I've posted all about it in my original post about Adric's eye. I'm hoping the vet knew what he was doing.
 

Elsie's pigs

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I would like to add a recommendation. It took me over 4 years since leaving Northampton to find one I feel totally confident in. The practice is Severn Edge Veterinary group at Much Wenlock, Shropshire and the man to see is Rob.
Hi, I have 2 young pigs who have had problems with URI for the last 3 months. I have been to several different vets and thought that I had found a vet that I liked at Taylor and Marshall in Shifnal (she is in the process of completing exotics qualification and owns guinea pigs). However after taking a swab and finding that a certain antibiotic would be best, she then said that she couldn't source the antibiotic anywhere and had called someone for advice. The advice given was to try high dose baytril for just a week. I was sceptical about this as they had been on baytril before and a week didn't seem enough to me. I should also say that I am going through some very trying personal circumstances at the moment meaning that I'm not my usual questioning and thorough self, we decided to give it a go. That was around 2 weeks ago and my pigs seemed happy and healthy until a few days ago when one of them sneezed and thick yellow mucus came out of her nose. We took them back to the vets and their chests are clear. We were told to monitor them and that it could just be dust from hay (which again made me feel sceptical). This morning the same pig sneezed 3 times in 5 minutes!

Sorry about the long back story. I suppose my question is do you have any experience of Taylor and Marshall's? Would you recommend switching to Severn Edge? As a new pig owner I am at the mercy of the vet's knowledge, I don't know if this is normal for an agressive URI or if they could be receiving better care?
 

Wiebke

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Hi, I have 2 young pigs who have had problems with URI for the last 3 months. I have been to several different vets and thought that I had found a vet that I liked at Taylor and Marshall in Shifnal (she is in the process of completing exotics qualification and owns guinea pigs). However after taking a swab and finding that a certain antibiotic would be best, she then said that she couldn't source the antibiotic anywhere and had called someone for advice. The advice given was to try high dose baytril for just a week. I was sceptical about this as they had been on baytril before and a week didn't seem enough to me. I should also say that I am going through some very trying personal circumstances at the moment meaning that I'm not my usual questioning and thorough self, we decided to give it a go. That was around 2 weeks ago and my pigs seemed happy and healthy until a few days ago when one of them sneezed and thick yellow mucus came out of her nose. We took them back to the vets and their chests are clear. We were told to monitor them and that it could just be dust from hay (which again made me feel sceptical). This morning the same pig sneezed 3 times in 5 minutes!

Sorry about the long back story. I suppose my question is do you have any experience of Taylor and Marshall's? Would you recommend switching to Severn Edge? As a new pig owner I am at the mercy of the vet's knowledge, I don't know if this is normal for an agressive URI or if they could be receiving better care?
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This thread here is for suggesting piggy savvy vets to join our recommended vets locator. ;)
 

Mishka

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Just wanted to weigh in and say I have been under the care of Celine le Rochais and colleagues at Co0astway for the last 5 days. It's an absolute bind to get to them, as I don't drive and live in Polegate, while they are based in Brighton, but I would not trust -anyone- else. always used their Telscombe Branch before (Claire Fielder there is also excellent, not an exotic but extremely kind and careful with pigs and quick enough to consult their exotics team on the phone if she is stumped), but then moved. Now I am back. They have an amazing knowledge and pharmacy , their nurses are a credit to them too.

Anyone in the East Sussex area, save yourself some stress and just go to Coastway Vets: Freshfield Business Park, Freshfield Way, Brighton BN2 0DF

Also ****avoid like the plague**** St Anne's Vets in Eastbourne.
 

sport_billy

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Just wanted to weigh in and say I have been under the care of Celine le Rochais and colleagues at Co0astway for the last 5 days. It's an absolute bind to get to them, as I don't drive and live in Polegate, while they are based in Brighton, but I would not trust -anyone- else. always used their Telscombe Branch before (Claire Fielder there is also excellent, not an exotic but extremely kind and careful with pigs and quick enough to consult their exotics team on the phone if she is stumped), but then moved. Now I am back. They have an amazing knowledge and pharmacy , their nurses are a credit to them too.

Anyone in the East Sussex area, save yourself some stress and just go to Coastway Vets: Freshfield Business Park, Freshfield Way, Brighton BN2 0DF

Also ****avoid like the plague**** St Anne's Vets in Eastbourne.
We have them on the vet locator on the top bar. :)
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Florrieberry

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Would anyone still recommend this vets? Since this was written 9 years ago?
No not for guinea pigs. Our first piggy was misdiagnosed and treated 3 times, it was only when I insisted on a scan my suspicion of cystic ovaries was confirmed. I believe they are good with cats, dogs & ferrets. You need a specialist exotic vet for piggies.
We transferred to Rose Cottage in Runcorn. Ken & Jen see all our piggies, and have successfully performed 4 ops : 2 cystic ovaries and 2 mammary tumours. They are really excellent vets. It's a 56 mile round trip for me but I wouldn't go anywhere else. 24 hour service.
 

CharlieH

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Can I suggest Elliot and Niki at Vets for Pets Hereford?

Both have been fantastic and knowledgable with Crumble throughout :nod:
 

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Would anyone still recommend this vets? Since this was written 9 years ago?
That is an old one. It hasn't been re-recomended hence it hasn't made it back on the locator, they are recent recommendations. Will ask around for you
 
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