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February 18, 2001

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Buddy, the Pet of the Day
Name: Buddy
Age: Deceased, Seventeen months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Guinea Pig
Home: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
   This was Buddy, he was a male Guinea Pig. Buddy was a very spoiled little guinea pig and had the run of the apartment. He loved food and he would make sure that you did not forget that he was around whenever you opened the fridge. He was also very smart and will come when you call his name. He really acted more like a dog than a guinea pig.

    Very sadly Buddy passed away on 02/08/01. He was seventeen months old and I miss him a lot. A vet gave him an antibiotic that he shouldn't have and he stopped eating because it messed up his stomach. I took him to another vet and we tried to get him better and I was hand feeding him for almost a week but he lost his little fight while he was lying in bed with me. I am so sad. He was such a little character. The only warning that I can send to Guinea Pig owners is to double check before giving your animal an antibiotic, even if the vet says it is okay, because there are only three antibiotics that are safe for Guinea pigs. There is a web site called "cavies are us" and they have lots of info about medical concerns. I miss Buddy, he is very noticeably absent from my apartment because he had such a great personality and he was so cute.

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