Humane Society of Central Illinois
Bessie Serenity

Bessie & Serenity

We would like to introduce you to two of our children with fur: Bessie and Serenity. They came into HSCI very sick little girls. Just like humans, Guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C and are vulnerable to scurvy.

Serenity's joints were swollen and stiff; she 'hopped' instead of walked. Bessie was prone to bleeding and had swollen areas where she had internal bruising. They were both lethargic and had dull coats. But, they had a glimmer in their eyes that they wanted a second chance.

Our family offered to foster them until they got well and could be placed up for adoption. We took a trip to the vet to figure out what we needed to do. The girls were treated with the high quality diet that they should have had in the first place!  Oxbow pellets (which have vitamin C)and high vitamin C veggies such as red peppers and dark green lettuces. (The vet told us not to use multivitamins- for risk of getting too much of the other vitamins, or put vitamin C in the water - it didn't last as long, made the water taste different, and it was better to get it through their diet). To help her joints, Serenity enjoys an inch or two of warm water to soak in the sink!  She has her own water aerobics!

The girls were back to ideal health a few months later, but we couldn't part with those two beautiful faces!  Both girls have put on weight; their eyes and coats are shiny and they are loving life in their new home. They now live in a 2x4 C&C cage, they love to play and explore - boxes and paper bags are a big hit in this family!

We wanted to thank HSCI for giving these little girls the second chance they so very much deserved!

Name of Pet:Bessie and Serenity  
Type of Pet:Guinea Pigs
Gender of Pet:Female
Age of Pet at Adoption:   Adult
Month / Year Adopted:June 2007
Name of Pet at HSCI:Bessie and Serenity