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Guinea pig not eating

dannif_piggies

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#23
I’m sorry for your loss. I lost medicis bonded brother last year to a chest infection which the vet insisted I gave him oral antibiotic, only for me to find out after he choked on that same med, that he shouldn’t have been given oral med because he couldn’t breathe properly. In my city there are really no guinea pig vets it’s such a frustrating situation.
I’m so sorry 😞 xx
It's sad that a lot of vets don't have at least some knowledge on such a common pet, obviously everyone is entitled to specialise in what they wish, but it's annoying when wrong and false information is given due to lack of knowledge, vets should be honest in saying they are not experienced with the species and send owners elsewhere without robbing them of their money and possibly pet 😞😪
 

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It's sad that a lot of vets don't have at least some knowledge on such a common pet, obviously everyone is entitled to specialise in what they wish, but it's annoying when wrong and false information is given due to lack of knowledge, vets should be honest in saying they are not experienced with the species and send owners elsewhere without robbing them of their money and possibly pet 😞😪
Spot on. I have had it where i 100% knew a vet i went to was making up a story just to get the job out the way and save their pride. If i wasnt so nice about peoples feelings i would have caught her out. Plus this was when i just rescued my old pigs from a school and they were still registered with free consultations at that cat and dogs vet (white cross weston favell)
 

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Guineas can and do eat when they have teeth issues, as long as said teeth issues don't make it impossible to eat. Comet wasn't quite...right. He was still eating and otherwise checked out fine, but his eating was slow (even for him, he wasn't ever a fast eater), and occasionally he'd get that hunched up look about him when he thought nobody was looking. And it was his teeth, he had spurs on his molars.

I'd honestly get a second opinion on your wee one, and if you can get to Simon in Northampton, all the better.
Thankyou for your reply!

I’ve had four vets look at him and none know what’s up.
Spot on. I have had it where i 100% knew a vet i went to was making up a story just to get the job out the way and save their pride. If i wasnt so nice about peoples feelings i would have caught her out. Plus this was when i just rescued my old pigs from a school and they were still registered with free consultations at that cat and dogs vet (white cross weston favell)

Ive got some videos of my pig eating tonight is there any way I can share those videos and if anyone has any thoughts on the way he’s munching can share with me ? He looks like he’s not in any pain while eating but I’m not sure what to look for 100%.
 

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Can only think of using whatsapp. I am.by far not as experienced as some members on here. See who replies to this comment and someone may private message you their phone number..I'm.willing to try have a look
 

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Thankyou for your reply!

I’ve had four vets look at him and none know what’s up.



Ive got some videos of my pig eating tonight is there any way I can share those videos and if anyone has any thoughts on the way he’s munching can share with me ? He looks like he’s not in any pain while eating but I’m not sure what to look for 100%.
If you upload the video to YouTube then post the link to it here x
 

MediciandNeo

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I took him back to the vet he’s neither lost nor gained weight, he’s stable and seems happy but his poos are coming out smaller which I read can mean he isn’t getting enough food. The vet said to bring him back for a check up in a month but I’m not satisfied. I’m so worried I don’t know what to do. A different vet saw him again and said she also couldn’t see anything up with his teeth. I’m not sure weather to just take a chance and have him booked in for a thorough dental check it’s a lot of money and I’m worried if they find nothing ?
 

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#30
I took him back to the vet he’s neither lost nor gained weight, he’s stable and seems happy but his poos are coming out smaller which I read can mean he isn’t getting enough food. The vet said to bring him back for a check up in a month but I’m not satisfied. I’m so worried I don’t know what to do. A different vet saw him again and said she also couldn’t see anything up with his teeth. I’m not sure weather to just take a chance and have him booked in for a thorough dental check it’s a lot of money and I’m worried if they find nothing ?
Are you in the UK? If so, where?
 

dannif_piggies

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Purchase yourself some weighing scales, they just need to be cheap kitchen ones, and keep your own record of his weight... if you're not convinced with the information you've received about dental issues, they I would advice getting a dental check up, sometime the expense of a vet bill is worth your sanity and to stop the worry
 

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I took him back to the vet he’s neither lost nor gained weight, he’s stable and seems happy but his poos are coming out smaller which I read can mean he isn’t getting enough food. The vet said to bring him back for a check up in a month but I’m not satisfied. I’m so worried I don’t know what to do. A different vet saw him again and said she also couldn’t see anything up with his teeth. I’m not sure weather to just take a chance and have him booked in for a thorough dental check it’s a lot of money and I’m worried if they find nothing ?
A dental check shouldn’t cost you a lot of money. One of my boys had a dental check with a light sedation of gas (thankfully unless it’s for surgery, my vet isn’t keen on using a full GA and uses gas where she can) and a dental only cost me £50 odd.

Are you anywhere near Northhamton at all? Simon Maddock is the best dental vet in the Country. Sadly, it was too far for me to travel when I had a dental piggy
 

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It isn't as simple as just getting a vet to do a dental check. You need to be sure that the vet knows what guinea pig teeth should look like. I've had a few piggies arrive here at TEAS, after owners have been told that their guinea pigs teeth are so bad, that they need to be euthanised. After a dental check, by Simon Maddock, it has been found that either the problem is minor or in more than one case, there is no dental issue.

However, there has been numerous cases of piggies being deemed to not have a dental issue, and then being found to have a mouth full of ulceration, due to teeth growing into the cheeks.

Sadly so few vets can diagnose or deal with dental problems. Sorry to sound so negative, but after spending 7 years running TEAS, I have seen so many misdiagnosis or very poor treatment.
 

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It isn't as simple as just getting a vet to do a dental check. You need to be sure that the vet knows what guinea pig teeth should look like. I've had a few piggies arrive here at TEAS, after owners have been told that their guinea pigs teeth are so bad, that they need to be euthanised. After a dental check, by Simon Maddock, it has been found that either the problem is minor or in more than one case, there is no dental issue.

However, there has been numerous cases of piggies being deemed to not have a dental issue, and then being found to have a mouth full of ulceration, due to teeth growing into the cheeks.

Sadly so few vets can diagnose or deal with dental problems. Sorry to sound so negative, but after spending 7 years running TEAS, I have seen so many misdiagnosis or very poor treatment.
I sadly lost my Enoch due to his dental issue. However, I do not blame my vet what so ever as I trust her completely. I do however still wish I had of been able to see Simon otherwise he may have lived longer
 
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