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Dental issues
childofmetis wrote in guinea_pigs
My piggie Pip is 8 and has dropped a lot of weight. Her back legs aren't working, and she won't eat. We've been in and out of the vet's office- is it an ear infection? back pain?, and I finally noticed that her lower incisors were splayed out. (And that seemed to explain why she would try to eat and then drop the food. I've been feeding her by hand for over a week now.)
She had rotting bedding stuck in between them, and today the vet cleaned that out and then trimmed them. They were mobile, and now that they're shorter, she seems to be in less pain. Which is great! She's more alert and looking to me for treats, and feeding her critical care and baby food from the syringe is easier now. I tried tearing off tiny pieces of parsley but it's hard for her to grab stuff so she takes it and then accidentally drops it and tries to pick it up again. Do you have recommendations for good foods I can make small for her to eat? Should we just keep hand-feeding until her teeth grow out again?

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Definitely keep hand-feeding her and weighing her everyday until she's able to maintain/increase her weight by herself. Are her lower incisors still splayed even when short?

I'd recommend trying to find a specialist vet as that's really the kind of thing a vet should have spotted immediately. Sadly normal vet textbooks don't carry a lot of information on guinea pigs so finding the right vet is a must. There's a great list here - - and I highly recommend the medical forums on Guinea Lynx as well, they've saved more than one of my piggies with their knowledge!

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