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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrais View Post
    I once visited a vet who appeared to be afraid of a guinea pig!!! And not just any guinea pig, this guy was the most placid piggie I every met. Piggie was being treated for mange by my regular vet and had to go back once a week for three weeks for injections. On the last week, regular vet was away and the replacement wouldn't handle the piggie, barely even touched him to give the shot. And this was no newb either, he was an older vet, but was visibly shaken at the sight of my furball!
    Is mange infectious? Because that may explain why the vet didn't want to touch the piggie. I took my dog to the vet when she had ringworm and the vet was not impressed at all. She would not touch her at all, except very briefly with gloves on and was clearly nervous about being in the same room as the dog. I could understand her reluctance because she said she had contracted ringworm way too often. But it was hardly my fault that my dog had it and that I needed a diagnosis and treatment (the prescription meds worked way better than the cream from the chemist). Yet, she managed to make me feel really bad about bringing the dog in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Is mange infectious? Because that may explain why the vet didn't want to touch the piggie. I took my dog to the vet when she had ringworm and the vet was not impressed at all. She would not touch her at all, except very briefly with gloves on and was clearly nervous about being in the same room as the dog. I could understand her reluctance because she said she had contracted ringworm way too often. But it was hardly my fault that my dog had it and that I needed a diagnosis and treatment (the prescription meds worked way better than the cream from the chemist). Yet, she managed to make me feel really bad about bringing the dog in there.
    Nah, its caused by a mite or something that they carry all the time, but when they are a bit under the weather it gets out of control. The normal vet had no problems handling him when he was at his worst, by the time we got to this vet, piggie was mange free, just had to get the final shot.

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    Different kinds of mange have different levels of infection. Sometimes it's like Asrais said - and only comes out when the immune system is down and doesn't spread to other animals.

    And sometimes it's more like fleas or ringworm and gets everywhere and is extremely difficult to eradicate.

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    Piggie the guinea pig...so cute lol

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    This reminds me of the vet I had to deal with at the emergency clinic when Sammy cut his paw open on a corrugated iron fence. She was petrified of him, which I guess I could sort of understand because he is big but really, she like jumped away from him if he so much as looked in her direction. Poor Sammy was already stressed about the fact that he had a very sore paw that was bleeding everywhere and the way she carried on just gave him so much more to worry about. But then, a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy came in, 10 weeks old it was having an allergic reaction to a bee sting - aside from the swollen nose it was just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. And when she saw the dog she had a look of disgust on her face. She wouldn't touch it, she asked the owners to do the handling. My usual vet is all over Sammy, he checks his heart while Sammy licks his face. On my word (and because he knows Sammy) he agreed to staple the wound closed whilst Sammy was awake because I told him Sammy would let me do it - and I figured if we could avoid surgery that would be better for him. No way will I be going to any other vet - I know firsthand how terrible some of them out there are. It also helps that my vet is a major hunk, he leaves Bondi Vet guy in the shade lol

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