Feeding the guinea pigs at TEAS

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My piggy with dental issues had them caused by an abscess but Kim felt that a jaw deformity, likely to be from inbreeding was behind the abscess as well and even if we had managed to get on top of the pneumonia, then the abscess, the overgrown molars and possible elongated roots the feeling was that she would soon go back to square one due to the deformity
I remember that. Sadly, sometimes there is just too much going wrong! x
 

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So sad, sorry to hear this, what age did it start causing issues?
I just had to search the forum. I got her from RSPCA Walsall and she had an extra toe from the inbreeding too. I had her around 2 years and I can't remember her exact age but I'm assuming it would have been around 6 months when I got her. The tooth problems started with an abscess that blew up in her cheek on Christmas Eve just a few months before she finally passed. To be honest I partially believe that she heard what Kim had to say and thought enoughs enough. She went that night.
 

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I just had to search the forum. I got her from RSPCA Walsall and she had an extra toe from the inbreeding too. I had her around 2 years and I can't remember her exact age but I'm assuming it would have been around 6 months when I got her. The tooth problems started with an abscess that blew up in her cheek on Christmas Eve just a few months before she finally passed. To be honest I partially believe that she heard what Kim had to say and thought enoughs enough. She went that night.
Aww, bless her! Did Kim not cover her ears, before saying anything? I find it so sweet when Kim puts her hands over their ears, before saying something like 'it wouldn't be wrong to send them to heaven'.
 

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Aww, bless her! Did Kim not cover her ears, before saying anything? I find it so sweet when Kim puts her hands over their ears, before saying something like 'it wouldn't be wrong to send them to heaven'.
She put her hands over sky's ears when she called him geriatric. He was being diagnosed with arthiritis in one back leg and spine I think
 

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I just had to search the forum. I got her from RSPCA Walsall and she had an extra toe from the inbreeding too. I had her around 2 years and I can't remember her exact age but I'm assuming it would have been around 6 months when I got her. The tooth problems started with an abscess that blew up in her cheek on Christmas Eve just a few months before she finally passed. To be honest I partially believe that she heard what Kim had to say and thought enoughs enough. She went that night.
I see how you partially beleive that, it's like how I beleive never to say any of you're animals have never had a certain thing wrong, it will and does happen if you say it. There's many ilnnesses my pigs Havnt had that are common, and I just will not dare say about it. You can say my Guinea pig has never had bloat, then suddenly something will happen to another pet. It's weird
 

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I've had 3 dental piggies and all was caused by abscess! We hate abscess here in our house coz it does a lot of damage. 🙄
 

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This is a fascinating thread @furryfriends (TEAS) with some great insights! Sadly we dont have a lawn but for a few meals a week my piggies just get scatterfed leaves and hay to eat (tonight we are having peashoot and babyleaf salad) and in summer we grow grass in window boxes for them.
Definitely agree about mostly leaving them alone to just enjoy observing their natural behaviours, we usually only handle our lot twice a week for cage cleans and health checks and moving them to the playpen in a basket, and if we want additional cuddles occasionally I know who doesnt mind too much (Jezzy, Theo and Piggle and quite inquisitive about hoomans and all very confident saying by teeth and pee spray and basically just walking off when they've had enough!) and who I know gets stressed by handling so shouldn't really be cuddled for fun (Clover, Blodwen, Puggle, Ollie and Tallulah). If we get cuddles or photos of them out of the cage its normally a 10 minute add-on to a day they are being handled anyway for health checks (thats why I post all my photos on saturday afternoons!). Definitely Blod who came to us so terrified she used to play dead every time a hooman touched her is a completely different piggy just chilling in the middle of a herd, she's quite the little madam interacting with her own species!
 

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Aww, bless her! Did Kim not cover her ears, before saying anything? I find it so sweet when Kim puts her hands over their ears, before saying something like 'it wouldn't be wrong to send them to heaven'.
I wish I could remember. It was back in early 2017 and it was a lot of overwhelming information too. Maybe she did
 

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This is all very interesting.i find my outdoor piggies have far less illness than my indoor piggies.ive also started limiting pellets,giving green leafy veg.due to having a few guinea pigs I'm unable to handle them all,but i always check them and hand feed some veg.i also give kale,spinach,broccoli,parsley ,lettuce throughout the week.none have had bladder stones in the 5 years i have had guinea pigs.rare for any uti problems.the vet i use states that 90 % of it is hereditory and stress.i will continue as i have as it seems to work for me.grass in the warmer months and i go foraging...walking to get some exercise.
 

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This is very interesting, my old herd were always out on the lawn weather permitting and never had any bladder issues, I'm sure mine are stressed, having to live with me and my anxiety it would be hard for them not to be..even the cat picks up on it. I have actually been planning on changing how I give pellets, at first I was planning on going pelletless, but then I found some 100% grass pellets that can be soaked and bought in bulk, which is what I plan to do in future. They're marketed for horses but perfectly fine for piggies, even swapping to grainfree didnt do anything, and in fact seemed to make Ebonys IC worse! I still dont understand why.
Leonards been on antibiotics ever since his cystotomy mid October and as soon as he comes off them, the pain comes back...but i've found increasing his water consumption massively helps reduce the pain. I am not sure the antibiotics are even doing anything at this point, I have a feeling his issues are a stress cycle, stress>less drinking>pain when urinating>more stress etc etc.
 

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Here’s Bill and Ted having a munch of grass tonight, they love it! They do like a nightly cuddle and treat time, but it’s always on their terms, they give my dressing gown a little nibble when they’ve had enough!
They don’t get stressed with us probably because they have had this routine since they were 4 weeks old. I do think there’s probably stress Related health issues though especially for piggies that don’t like being handled, it’s very
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