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Gemmas1987

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Hi, my piggie Freddie has had his back molars clipped after not eating v much. Vet has clipped his front teeth and his back teeth as his tonge was unable to move. He's on metacam and bay trial and hsnt eaten much apart from what had been during fed earlier. Is this normal after dental surgery and Is there anything else I can do to encourage him to eat and drink?
 

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It can take a while for a piggy to start to eat following dental treatment. How guinea pig savvy is your vet? Was the dental done under GA? If he isn't eating you will have to syringe feed. Aim for about 120 mls per 24 hours. x
 

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Hi yes it was under general anaesthetic, I've got some pouches of critical care ready
 

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And here we g again, he's had more dental done where they found his jaw misaligned and said it was brittle. He's having trouble picking food but will guzzle down his mushed pellets! He had it done yesterday again, someone please tell tis won't last forever!
 

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My concern is that things are just being patched up and he isn't really eating properly for himself, and only managing softened pellets. Is there any way you could get him to Northampton to be seen by Simon. Simon is on holiday after tomorrow for a week but will be back in, week commencing 13th April
 

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I'm in North Wales so think your sanctuary is a bit too far away, do you know of any other guinea pig dental experts?
 

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In a nutshell, no - that is the sad thing and why we are so lucky to have Simon. It is also why the sanctuary exists, as he has been able to help so many piggies, with Debbie offering the supportive care and accommodation while they recover. Please do continue to liaise with Debbie about Freddie - hopefully something can be sorted out. xx
 

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I'm in North Wales so think your sanctuary is a bit too far away, do you know of any other guinea pig dental experts?
Hi Gemma. We are very short of piggy savvy vets in this part of the UK. It might be worth phoning round a few as sometimes new partners arrive at practices with different specialities. There are a couple of vets mentioned on the recommended vets on this forum, towards the Wirral and Shropshire from memory. Try and find it on the quick navigation. See if they are within range for you, and good luck. x
 

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Gemma, just looked them up for you. Rose Cottage Vet Centre postcode WA7 3EQ. Birch Heath Vet Centre postcode CW6 9UU. Cheshire Pet postcode CW4 8AB. Hope that helps.
 

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Thanks aunty c , I r got a post op with vets on Thursday so if he's no better il try that one they thinks it's pain related and to give him soft food this week then see what he's like on Monday.
 

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I had a call today from a vet who is really interested in the work that Simon and I do, and she will be contacting him when he returns from holiday. I am absolutely over the moon that she made the call and seemed genuinely interested and I feel this is a major step in getting more vets involved in the treatment of dental disease. I think that we have shown just how much can be achieved and it was lovely to speak to a vet who wanted to know more.
 

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I was giving Freddie some watermelon abd IT looked like his front top tooth wasn't able to cut because it was love and curved. Is this normal for teeth?
 

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I had a call today from a vet who is really interested in the work that Simon and I do, and she will be contacting him when he returns from holiday. I am absolutely over the moon that she made the call and seemed genuinely interested and I feel this is a major step in getting more vets involved in the treatment of dental disease. I think that we have shown just how much can be achieved and it was lovely to speak to a vet who wanted to know more.
Hurray! We have quite a few equine dentists in our area. If every big vets practice had one small furry dental expert( oops, that sounds like a vet who is small and furry, but you know what I meant!) it would make such a difference. I don't know what training on a veterinary degree course covers in the way of practical dentistry but more trainees asking to specialise in tiny teeth might help the cause?
 

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Freddie was put to sleep on Monday after attempts to sort his teeth out, he wouldn't eat or drink, I am devastated about it.
 

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Oh Gemma, I am so very sorry to hear that sad news. You tried so hard for him and it will have been heartbreaking for you to part with him. Big hugs coming your way. My foster piggy family send you comforting little squeaks too. Take care and run free dear Freddie.
 
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